FERMENTED FEEDS...anyone using them?

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

  1. Faerie

    Faerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    This is my first experience with chickens ever, but do they grow faster on FF? Mine are only 2 weeks old, but seem more like 3 weeks old when I compare them to pictures of other chicks. They are big, and are getting a lot of their feathers in.
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    They are getting more nutrition, so I'm going to say "yes". I've noticed a more vigorous, healthier and quicker growing chick when using the FF but I could just be biased.
  3. niqueie

    niqueie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fermenting dairy (keifer) helped my daughter kick her yeast diaper rash. She had several ear infections in a row and had 6 months of periodic antibiotics from it. She finally kicked the ear infection but then had destroyed her gut beneficial bacteria that she had a terrible diaper rash that continued for months. After trying every thing under the sun, I added keifer to every meal time and lots of drinks through out the day. In 1-2 weeks it was clearing up. In a month it was gone. I'm so glad that I tried that. Treating symptoms just is a bad way to handle health issues. It's so much better to go to the source of the problems. Unfortunately, some times we can't always treat the source of the problems.
  4. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 23, 2013
    Portland/Vancouver area
    Thanks Leslie, I'm big on fermentation for humans as well. [​IMG] One of my favs is throwing radishes in a jar with 1 t salt and water. Cap and leave on counter 7-10 days then fridge for up to 6 mo. Addictive. I do ferment both kombucha and kefir and love them. Great post. [​IMG]
  5. LeslieDJoyce

    LeslieDJoyce Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 30, 2012
    Sherwood, OR
    My Coop
    I agree about the gut/brain connection. I was going to suggest some of the beverages ... they can be sweetened quite a bit, though that's probably not great if you're trying to regrow a healthy gut after antibiotics or have a yeast infection. One of my previous resolutions was to "Eat More Kimchi," but I don't like any of the kinds at the regular grocery store, so I'm not making much progress here. I don't do store-bought beverages on principle. I'll have to start fermenting my own veggies, I think.

    Yeah ... like she said. [​IMG]
    The radish recipe sounds so yummy. I might even eat radishes that way!

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  6. luvblues7

    luvblues7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2012
    Elmore City, Oklahoma
    I have a question for those of you that feed FF to chicks. What type of feeder do you feed in. My chicks love the FF but get in it and walk on it and pack it down then don't seem to want it until I get home and stir it and then they go wild again and eat until it gets packed down again. How do you keep them from packing down their FF food? I have made trough feeders out of PVC pipe for my grown chickens and they work great, but not sure what to use for my babies.

  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Whatever you use, you can place a wire "lid" on it from a piece of fencing that lets them poke their heads in to eat but they cannot walk directly into the food. The FF is going to get a little crust on it anyway due to being near the heat source and from the fine ground chick starter's ability to be smooth and mold together tightly. You'll have to give that little stir anyway but the fence lid can help you keep their whole bodies out of the porridge.
  9. Faerie

    Faerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I feed mine in an ice cube tray.
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Perfect! [​IMG] Better than what I fed in....a muffin pan! I just placed fencing over it so they couldn't drown in the muffin compartments and could walk on the wire.

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