I already feed moistened feed but I don't ferment. Mostly because I am very limited to the time I have to feed. I moisten my feed at night to feed the next morning (I also cover it with a lid loosely and in a warm place) and then moisten some more real quick to feed at night. I also add some bean meal to it. When I get another bucket I will moisten the feed for the next 24 hours in the evening when I have a little more time. I moistened it enough that it sticks together when squeezed. I put ACV in their water. My questions are: 1. Is the feed fermenting at all without being completely covered with water and not having ACV in it? 2. If I fermented, and I used only one bucket, is it a major mess to pour the excess off into another bucket and do I have to get it completed drained off or would mostly drained off work. Fermenting certainly doesn't sound hard. I just don't have any extra time to feed in the mornings and I don't get home all that early either so by the time I stir or replace the bedding , clean the feeders and waters, and prep for the next day, I've already spent 1-1 1/2 hours. My chickens are 5 week old CX. I'll be butchering in 2-3 weeks but I also have 50 two week old chicks.