Fermented Feeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fireflyhatchery, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. fireflyhatchery

    fireflyhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been looking through forums on fermented feed for chickens and thought that this is an excellent way to help increase weight and keep a good dieting in the flock. I am curious of what are some good mixes and different grains that can be used. If anyone has some mixes to feed a flock of 25 let me know. Thanks
     
  2. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For all your questions on FF you might want to ask on this thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/644300/fermenting-feed-for-meat-birds

    It's really for all poultry and not just meat birds.
     
  3. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That thread will take a life time to get thru just to get some info.
    I use a 5 gallon bucket, fill it half full of their feed and I add BOSS, 1/4 cup ACV with mother and water to cover. As this expands I stir and add water as needed. I keep a kitchen towel over the bucket. Depending on were you keep it, the feed could start fermenting in just a few days. When you stir it and bubbles start appearingit is ready. I really like it for all of my birds, it has so much good bacteria and nutrients.
     
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  4. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That may be so but they don't mind repetative questions so no need to start at the beginning. [​IMG]

    There are many different ingrediants that are being used aside from what you've mentioned. It's really up to the individuals to decide what's best for their usage.
     
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  5. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes but sometimes with new individuals the people on that thread can be,, well harsh at times. So there is no wrong with people posting here either.
    There are lots of different ingredients to use and that is why I said " I use,,,,,"
     
  6. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a dumb question. With regards to fermented feed, how do you feed it to your birds? I use gravity feeders and don't think that would work. Also do you strain the feed from the liquid? I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this! Thanks!
     
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  8. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes this was from experience. I do not gossip.

    There is not a dumb question. I am not sure if the gravity thing would work,,, I make feeders from pvc pipe and it works great. You dont want to use metal as the vinegar will destroy the metal and make teh food toxic. The feed will expand with the water. I use a method that is alittle thicker. I do not use a bucket with holes set in a larger bucket like some use. If my mixture is too thin I add alittle dry feed to it as I serve it. This is just a way I found works for me. There are so many ways to do it.
    http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.ca/p/fermented-feed.html this one is a great reference.
     
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  9. fireflyhatchery

    fireflyhatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Its kinda like pancake mix haha!
     
  10. Slongest

    Slongest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was a great link... It answered tons of questions i plan to start ff this weekend!
     

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