Fermenting Feed for Large Flock

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

  1. TheBeardedNerd

    TheBeardedNerd Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2015
    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

    Jan 9, 2015
    Salisbury, NC
    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

    Apr 21, 2011
    Now with all sorts of ideas churning in my head.
  5. TheBeardedNerd

    TheBeardedNerd Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2015
    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

    May 24, 2009
    Sylvania, Ga
    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

    TheBeardedNerd Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2015
    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

    mwash Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2013
    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. :)
  9. TheBeardedNerd

    TheBeardedNerd Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2015
    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

    Jun 26, 2013
    Sidney, Maine
    How much feed to you put in a 5 gallon bucket to make FF?

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