BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Feeding & Watering Your Flock › Fermented Vegetables for chicken food??
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Fermented Vegetables for chicken food?? - Page 2

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris09 View Post
 

 

I did did't I?

We used to use a dinner plate and a gallon pickle crock with water in it for weight.

Now I use a piece of high-density polyethylene (like the good cutting board are made of) cut to fit in the crock, but I still use the pickle crock.

 

I am surprised to see how many people add water to there kraut when there making it. I don't know if there cutting corners, using "bad" cabbage or just don't know the correct way to make it.

I don't cut corners on my personal Kraut.  But this is for the chickens. It will still ferment.  And I am using bad cabbage, leftovers from the garden, things chickens love.

 

Carol

post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by carolb5 View Post
 

The end of the garden season.  I am going to ferment kale, cabbage, broccoli leaves, and swiss chard.  Each separately and in food grade buckets.  Has anyone one the board done this?? 

 

Carol

 

Sounds like a great idea. Fermented broccoli can produce some strong sulfurous odors, fyi...and I imagine it's similar for the leaves of the plant. If you do a brine, go super easy on the salt as the chickens can't process salt as well as we can. You could also use a bit of vinegar instead of the salt. Or just plain water, as the lactic acid bacteria are already on the plants and will acidify the contents within a few days. The kale, cabbage and broccoli leaves should turn out fine, but the chard will likely be a gooey mess...still good and fermented, but not all that pretty. The chickens won't care!

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

pdirt, thanks on the reminder about too much salt.  I will do the chard separately and cut it into ribbons sort of.  I did give them a quart of a sauerkraut mix that I didn't care for.  It was only 7 weeks old.  Glad they liked it.  The broccoli will be the leaves of the plant mainly.  I know it will stink, that's why I'm not doing it in the house. 

Thanks again.

 

Carol

post #14 of 14

How did this turn out? Thinking of doing the same thing. I also wonder what other vegetables to grow to store for winter. We used to plant extra winter squash and keep them for our flock, plus anything that went a bit off that was in the root cellar.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Feeding & Watering Your Flock
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Feeding & Watering Your Flock › Fermented Vegetables for chicken food??