Best way to ferment my feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kimberly4403, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im currently using 50/50 50% my own recipe and 50%chick starter crumble from breeder and was wondering what the best method of fermenting my feed would be?

    Homemade recipe ingredients-
    oats
    wheat
    red split lentils
    BOSS or sunflower seeds
    molasses
    kelp
    nutritional yeast
    dried oregano
    cayenne
    flax seed
    sesame
    pumpkin seeds
    pink rock salt
    Cod liver oil
     
  2. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have u read the fermented feed thread yet...?

    id just put it in a bucket with a few tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and enough water to make a stiff dough-like consistency. some add more water but i find keeping it more solid works better. you want the water essentially chlorine free, so if you have tap water best to filter or let it sit in open vessel to evaporate out before using.

    gl!
     
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  3. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will the nutritional yeast, herbs spices cod liver oil all be ok to ferment?
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Yep...might smell funny, though.
     
  5. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How will i know if its gone off or bad?
    Also can i leave it outfor my 3 chicks to access 24/7 or do i just leave enough for them to eat in half hr then remove and if so how many times a day will i need to feed them? Im out most days so not sure how it would work
     
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  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    The link I posted has the answers to all these questions and more. Try it, you'll like it! [​IMG]
     
  7. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It says for them to eat it in 30mins?
    So for chicks how often would i need to feed this? Wat do they eat in between?
    So from this i should only be feeding 2 times a day and only enough they cosume in 30min time frame? My bubs are only 1.5 weeks old im worried they will get hungry in between?
     
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  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    They have a crop that stores their food and slowly releases it to the digestive system....sort of like a continual lunch box. Since they do not have to run a million miles to fill that lunch box and burn off all their energy they've gleaned by doing so, a full crop will sustain them until the next meal. Yes, they should be hungry by the next time you feed them as that will stimulate them to fill the crop again.

    That 30 min. statement is just a guideline, an average, and is not the gospel according to Luke, so just play with it and see what your birds will do, but it's a fallacy to think they have to have food in front of them 24/7. It's just not necessary.
     
  9. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that makes sense so if i ferment ut Ill feed them the FF twice a day and feed just enough to last 30-1hrish? Then they can have some fresh herbs, dirt etc to scratch around in during the day.
     

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