FERMENTED FEEDS...anyone using them?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Beekissed, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. kpgoldstar

    kpgoldstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since my girls have been 3 wks old they have been fed only chick starter and water ff feed. No grain, no additives. They are totally fat, sassy and very well fed. Just the last couple of weeks they have finally gotten kitchen scraps. When mine start to lay in a few weeks their ff will only be layer feed and water. For the first time since having mine I added Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Ask Bee but I think it ups their protein intake. I gave it free first and they loved it so now it is in my ferment bucket and I will probably add a handful with each ff batch.
     
  2. KuroKitsune

    KuroKitsune Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can ducks/ducklings have FF?
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I don't know why not. Virtually anything can have it and since ducks nutrition requirements are similar, I'm sure it would be ok.
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    BOSS adds more fats than protein, though it does have nice protein it won't increase the total feed ration of it. I add BOSS in the fall and part of the winter for the fats they contain, as my birds lose their foraged fat source when the bugs go into hibernation.
     
  5. roostereggs

    roostereggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made both my layer and grower buckets of FF drier over the weekend and it is SO much easier to dish up now! [​IMG]
     
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  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Makes life easier, doesn't it? [​IMG]
     
  7. luvblues7

    luvblues7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I told you I was a little thick headed sometimes. Somewhere I missed the post about not having to cover it with water. I have been trying to keep at least 1/2" to 1" of water on top of the FF at all times. It will be so much easier to manage without that much water floating on top. Thank you kpgold ! I added enough laying crumbies last night for about 3 days and it was really bubbling this morning. I'll add a little more laying crumbies tonight to help soak up all that water I added to cover it. Maybe with your help I'll get this down pat sooner or later.

    I have 4 day old chicks so I decided to experiment with them. I took a little of my older chickens FF and added chick starter and water to it and let it set over night. This morning before leaving for work I feed it to the chicks. Now I know what is meant by the term "Feeding Frenzy". The chicks went wild over their new FF.

    I have one more question: I keep my FF in my laundry room and my husband is complaining about the smell. I don't think it smells that strong but I am trying to come up with someway to move it outside. I'm considering putting it in a 5 gallon bucket and setting the bucket in a small plastic barrel and clamping a light that will shine on top of it to heat it up. Will the constant light shining on it hurt the fermentation process? I could cover the bucket with a loose fitting lid so that the light doesn't shine directly on the food itself. Do you think this would work?
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Depends on where you live. How about you ask hubby for a heated stock watering bucket instead? That will keep it warm if you place it in the garage or somewhere sheltered and he doesn't have to smell it.
     
  9. chickengirl1193

    chickengirl1193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thanks guys! My chickens have been eating their ff like crazy now! I think im still giving a little too much because they dont finish but its hard to measure how much they eat. With the dry feed on a normal day where they can get at the compost and pick at the goats hay they will eat probably a fourth of a cup each or less but on a day they dont go outside cuz of weather they will eat a half cup each. Should I be giving more ff on bad weather days and less when they can get out?
     
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Not really...they are expending less energy on the bad days and more on the good days, so it all works out evenly if you just keep their feed at the 1/2c. measure but if you see some changes in their body condition you can always tweak it up a bit.
     

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