Dry or wet feed?!

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  1. seussiii

    seussiii Out Of The Brooder

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    I was spiraling out of control and binge watching youtube duck videos when I noticed some people do things a bit differently when it comes to feed. Some have separate water and food containers and some seem to just mix them both like a soup. There was even brief mention of fermenting the feed first?

    I tried just putting the feed into their water dish tonight and they seemed to love it. Saved them the trip back and fourth from each one.

    Just curious what most of you do?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I make Fermented feed for my flock have for over 5 yrs now. They love it, then at end of the day all feed left over goes into one bowl that then gets made into soup My Runners and Buffs love it that way. They usually end up wearing alot of it too.
     
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  3. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to try fermenting feed when my current ducklings are adults.
    They ducks i had before i tried mixing with water but it spoils faster in the summer So dry always worked best for us. I keep it a few feet from the water so the food stays dry otherwise it turns into a cake lol. But keeping it far enough away none ever seems to go to waste. It stays dry and fresh
    As long as your still offering a seperate bowl of just fresh clean water, because they still need that for dunking their head and cleaning out their noses and just drinking .
    But i too am interested in feeding fermented!
     
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    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you put apple cider vinegar in your fermented feed?
    And then do you measure out a certain amount per how many ducks you have? Or just put alot out?
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @Ducks4us The ACV in the FF keeps it from going bad. when ever your ready I have a great thread I can give you by Sally Sunshine on BYC it's a great way of making FF. PS I feed all ducklings, gosling and chicks FF from the start. [​IMG]
     
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    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay good to know about the acv.
    And interesting... i considered it when i first got the duckling.... but didnt know if it would add a whole nother level of mess lol.
    And thats awesome i would love to see the thread . Maybe i will start my ducklings sooner! The khakis are going to be 4 weeks old monday already! And the runners 3 weeks monday[​IMG] So maybe its time to start!
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @Ducks4us

    here ya go, start out small so you don't waste but this feed just keeps fermenting. anyway so no need to worry. I don't have room inside for more than one bucket going at a time though. So having 31 birds a 3gal bucket will last 2 days for me.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/no-strain-hot-water-easy-fermented-feed-method-w-video
     
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  9. seussiii

    seussiii Out Of The Brooder

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    Going to give this one a shot today. 2 x 5 gal bucket setup. See how that goes!




    Thanks !
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Too much work look at the link I gave @Ducks4us the one you posted I use to do when first starting so glad I found the other method. But up to you of course. [​IMG]
     
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