Originally Posted by Sill
I'm wondering what kind of feed you started your FF with? I live with single digit humidity most of the year coupled with summer temps over 110 for months and their FF never got cement-like, and I only feed the FF once a day. Some feeds that are high in soy can get very pasty when fermented, maybe that can dry to a cement-like state? But then the birds continually eat the surface of the wet/damp feed down so it really shouldn't have the chance to dry.
Sill, I think you are on to something here. My chickens love damp wet feed. And I have noticed that some feeds get stiff no matter how much I water them down during the day. Where as some feed stays moist all day long even in those 6% humidity days with only one or two dampenings.
This was probably my problem when I tried FF. At the 3 day mark I served it up in the mash form, everybody dove right in. But within that hour, the feed was stiffening up and even after I added water it was turning the entire thing into gummy mess. LOL And if I was not there to water it down, it turned into nearly a cement constancy. LOL The birds just refused to eat it unless I fed them the fresh stuff from the bucket. So I gave up.
I will have to give this another try. Not sure about how the present quail feed will react, but my chickens are on a good feed now that when I wet down in the morning seems to stay moist all day long.
Thanks for all the great info!