Fermenting chicken feed, Good idea?

Have you heard of fermented feed?


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irish44395

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Aug 11, 2020
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I have been doing ff for a few months now and love doing it for my four birds. I have two coffee cans and only ferment for 48 hours (I live in florida )so make one can a day and alternate them. I also use a one gallon paint strainer and I just lift it out drain it and pace it in the dog bowel also feed black soldier fly larva most days they wait to eat the ff if they think I going to give the the bsf larva
Pete
 

U_Stormcrow

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Jun 7, 2020
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I have been doing ff for a few months now and love doing it for my four birds. I have two coffee cans and only ferment for 48 hours (I live in florida )so make one can a day and alternate them. I also use a one gallon paint strainer and I just lift it out drain it and pace it in the dog bowel also feed black soldier fly larva most days they wait to eat the ff if they think I going to give the the bsf larva
Pete
Envious of your BSF - I gave it a try this year, but it got too hot, cooked everything. Moved my barrel composter to a cooler, more shaded, area but haven't restarted yet - letting the greener finish going to seed first before I mow it down and add it to the barrel with scraps to attract the BSF to the compost.
 

Hils

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May 4, 2020
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Yeah, it's just also a lot of effort to ferment and egg hens do well without the constant probiotic boost so I don't think the benefits are worth my time. Much better instead to put my effort towards more tangible projects like treat balls and the like IMO.
What effort?? Put feed in a container - Add water - Stir - Wait 2 days.
 

Hils

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May 4, 2020
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I'll see if I can scrounge up another jar from somewhere, but thanks for the suggestion!
I would recommend starting a small batch first to get the ferment started. It's the same principal as sourdough bread - maybe you have tried that? Regarding the "smell" ... I love it!
 

Hils

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I did FF only for a flock of 82.. for 2+ years.. because of all they hype..

I saved NOT ONE dime.. and wasted a whole lot of time. :rolleyes:

It was fun to try though. If saving money is your goal.. there are better ways in my experience.. Just going to the right store can save me more than $2 a bag. But I'm gonna include some FF links.. with lots of discussion including why it's a waste to me for your review instead of giving my spew again..

https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/fermenting-feed-and-protein-levels.1274554/

https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/fermented-feed-is-it-really-a-superfood.1277016/

https://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.com/p/fermented-feed.html?m=1

https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ajb/article/viewFile/60378/48610

Hope you find good information and have a good time along the way! :)
I like FF and I find it no effort, minimal time. As to saving money... firstly they eat about the same amount of food, I use layers pellets and it swells up 3 to 4 times volume but that just means they eat 3 to 4 times as much. secondly... they don't flick it about so none gets wasted in that way. thirdly...Love that sourdough smell!
 

Hils

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FF can be eaten at any stage (just like sauerkraut) I do not drain, if it's too sloppy I add more pellets. I take what I need each day and then top up with more water and more pellets. Every week or less I use a new container with some of the original ferment as a starter. And every few weeks I start a new ferment. Only problem I've had is that one of the birds keeps getting his beak caked up.
 

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