FERMENTED FEEDS...anyone using them?

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

  1. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,612
    196
    198
    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA

    Have you had any issues with scaly leg mites from the leaves? Several of our birds got SLM this winter, not long after we started using the dried leaves for their litter. My father in law said we probably got the mites from the leaves. Perhaps from wild birds that would roost in the large maple tree the leaves came from. I'd really like to use up the 5 bags of leaves we still have but don't want to introduce any more mites!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,723
    2,687
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Trail cam is a great idea. I think they sleep until they're disturbed which is probably many times during the night with critters trying to get in, people walking around, road noise, etc.
    As the expression goes - "your results may vary".

    They have very sensitive feet and can sense the slightest vibration, like someone walking up to the coop.
    They often sleep with their head under their wings but we usually don't see it because they can sense us coming and wake up.

    I haven't had scaly leg mites yet but thanks for the heads up. I can see how that's possible. I don't use them in the coop but in the runs.
    When I mow in the fall and use the bagger I dump the leaves and grass in some of the runs for those that aren't free ranging. The rest goes into the compost. What I put in the feed bags I save for when I run out of straw.
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I've not had any issues with SLMs and using the leaves. If you are worried, just pretreat with castor oil before using the leaves and it should prevent any issues.
     
  4. Sparkway

    Sparkway Chillin' With My Peeps

    111
    5
    86
    Jul 12, 2013
    Essex County New Jersey
    Hi all
    I switched over to Layena from a mix from a less commercial feed as my store was out. Does anyone else use Layena for FF? And are you happy with it. Texture is very sticky to me. But since I'm here I will show off my beautiful batch of eggs ;) five out of six started laying this January
    [​IMG]
    and they owe it all to FF !!! and Bee!!! and all the other knowledgeable people on here
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. kpgoldstar

    kpgoldstar Chillin' With My Peeps

    771
    81
    128
    Sep 25, 2013
    West Coast of Arizona
    Lovely!!
     
  6. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,612
    196
    198
    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA

    By pretreating with castor oil, do you mean doing so on the legs of the chickens?
     
  7. beverly evans

    beverly evans Chillin' With My Peeps

    731
    52
    111
    Jul 18, 2013
    Those are really beautiful eggs. What kind of chickens produced the blue and gray? Is it really gray or is it olive drab? I'm still trying to find a chicken that lays a real blue egg. My EE lay such pale ones, you can barely tell they are blue at all. Thanks for the foto. : )
     
  8. beverly evans

    beverly evans Chillin' With My Peeps

    731
    52
    111
    Jul 18, 2013
    Wow! I'd eat that! How wonderfully spoiled your girls are! Kudos to you. If they aren't the healthiest chickens alive on that feed I don't know what are? jAny time you can't figure out what to eat for dinner just go to your grain bin and scoop up a cup or two, add some ham hocks and some green veggies and you'll have the best soup in the world. Or for breakfast, just soak overnite, cook in enough water, add honey and milk , and enjoy! : )
     
  9. beverly evans

    beverly evans Chillin' With My Peeps

    731
    52
    111
    Jul 18, 2013
    This is not due to poor vision but due to the fact that when a chicken is in sleep mode it is kinda commatose til fully awakened. That is why my meanest chicken or wildest one can be loved on, handled, and generally manhandled in any way I please without any problem whatsoever. They just have to be on the roost ready to sleep to be docile this way. It is known that a tree roosting chicken can be sat next to on the roosting spot by an owl and little by little nudged off the branch, which is when the owl grabs it. : )
     
  10. Sparkway

    Sparkway Chillin' With My Peeps

    111
    5
    86
    Jul 12, 2013
    Essex County New Jersey
    Beverly- my EE laid the blue and my crested cream legbar x New Hampshire laid the greenish gray one :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by