Fermenting Feed for Large Flock

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TheBeardedNerd, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. TheBeardedNerd

    TheBeardedNerd Out Of The Brooder

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    Any ideas or setups suggested for fermenting feed for a flock of 100+ birds?

    Right now my flock is at around 20 and I'm using a 5 gallon bucket, I'm noticing that that will not be enough as I expand.

    Would you be able to do it in say a trash can and then put it on tap so that it would fall into a trough?
     
  2. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    That sounds like a stellar plan.
     
  3. fanniefarmer

    fanniefarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Are you saying on tap or on top? Your idea sounds very interesting! Do you have a picture or diagram of what you mean? Thank you.
     
  4. EnnisLakeFarm

    EnnisLakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Following...
    Now with all sorts of ideas churning in my head.
     
  5. TheBeardedNerd

    TheBeardedNerd Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I mean to have it on tap, as if to turn a knob and the feed would fall into a trough positioned under it.

    I'm not able to ferment outside where I'm at, it gets too cold. So I can just ferment inside and use a bucket to get the feed from tap to trough.

    But as for fermenting the feed I'm definitely going to take a big trashcan and attach a large tap to the bottom of it. If you mix the feed and distribute the water the feed should flow right out of the tap.

    I'll update with pictures as I go about it! Just have to wait for payday now, haha.
     
  6. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ferment my feed in a 5 gallon bucket. I give it a vigorous stir every day, but it still gets rather compacted towards the bottom of the bucket. I would think that with anything larger, the bottom would get quite packed together and not 'flow' out a tap.
     
  7. TheBeardedNerd

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    The tap could be placed slightly lower than the middle, it wouldn't need to be all the way at the bottom because the container will always be full as I take feed and replenish feed daily.

    That way with a good stir before you open the tap, it shoul flow fine. I also haven't been to Home Depot yet to check out how big the taps/valves could even be. It could be a non-issue for all I know.

    The only way to find out is through some tride and true experimentation!
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2015
  8. mwash

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    The Bearded Nerd,
    How far do you think a five gallon bucket would take you? I'm facing the same challenge, as I also have over 100 birds but want fermented feed. I can't judge how much I need to do each day and that vexes me. :)
    Thanks!
     
  9. TheBeardedNerd

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    I have 21 birds at the moment and 7 of them aren't fully grown yet and a 5 gallon bucket is just enough for their feed for the day. Once I get more birds iwolleigher need to start a second bucket or get this bulk system figured out haha.

    I think it's safe to say that a 5 gallon bucket is enough feed for 15-20 birds.
     
  10. dawnpel

    dawnpel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much feed to you put in a 5 gallon bucket to make FF?
     

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