Fermenting Feed for Meat Birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by shadowmane, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. popsicle

    popsicle Songster

    I think this fermented feed turned my chickens in zombies. Is this normal?

    I'm two days into feeding fermented feed. I fed them this morning, as is our usual routine. I just went out, all the food in all feeders is GONE (even the dry pellets). This is highly unusual. I scooped up more feed and was mobbed by all birds (including birds that are incredibly flighty). They went bananas into the feeders. Usually feeding my flock is like a dead deer in a field... you know, where the eagle is eating the deer, with some vultures hanging back, and some crows even further? Well not today--all the young ones were clammering over each other, to eat with the old ones.

    THEN, I went to the tractor, with some silkies, a Houdan and a BBW turkey. The turkey literally chased me across the field while I ran with the feeder to refill it. That darn thing usually won't walk 10 feet without laying down for a nap, and now it's chasing me.

    Really, is this normal? What have I gotten myself into?
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  2. Demosthine

    Demosthine Songster

    Jun 26, 2012
    Phoenix, Arizona
    This is absolutely normal. It will appear that their feed consumption increases dramatically at first, but that will ween off in a month or two. I've been ceding fermented for over six months and they still go bat-shirt crazy. If I so much as touch the dish, they are chasing me down and devour it. I know they aren't starving because half the time they leave some in the bowl.
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Mmm...you are describing my birds! LOL My ducks line up by the fence and start quacking like crazy when they see me coming (even if I don't have their feed bucket!). If I say anything to them they all scream twice as loudly. When I walk into their yard they crowd around me feet, I have to try very hard not to trip all over their cute lil webbed feet. The adult chickens aren't quiet as bad, but still go crazy. The Call ducks start running up and down their pen and calling, then crowd around my feet while I'm filling their feeder. My geese come running when they see me with the feed bucket and either honk/scream loudly at me, or just coo softly and start gobbling down feed as soon as it's in their bucket. When the Peafowl see me coming they start jumping/flying around their pen, and as soon as I walk in their run, they start pecking viciously at my fingers and will try and jump on my shoulders. Silly birds!

    ~ Aspen
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  4. CoopChick719

    CoopChick719 Songster

    Sep 20, 2012
    darn cat stepped on the keyboard again.
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  5. ramblinH

    ramblinH In the Brooder

    Mine go crazy too & since this is my 1st flock & they were started on FF ~ I just figured that's how they all acted at feeding time ~ I have learned that I'm putting my toes at risk when I wear flip-flops around them, lol!
  6. B J Hopkins

    B J Hopkins Songster

    Feb 14, 2012
    Central Missouri
    That's all hilarious! Love the way the chickens and other fowl love FF. It's hard for me to get to the feed trough with them all at my feet, but when I do they all dive in. The only thing I don't enjoy is when it's muddy in the run from rain, the 7wk old babies fly onto my shoulders & head (yes!) They get me so dirty I have to change.

  7. deserthomestead

    deserthomestead Chirping

    Apr 28, 2013
    Sandy Valley, NV
    Me too! I made the mistake of going in with flip-flops and red polish on my toenails! Ouch!
  8. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Songster

    Mar 27, 2013
    I used to use regular dry feed, and switched to FF. My layers love it, my meaties (Red Ranger and White Bresse) are like pirhanas, and my broodie and her 3-week-old chicks absolutely dive in. I am so pleased with it, especially with the tremendous reduction in waste.
  9. Triple Willow

    Triple Willow Songster

    Mar 1, 2013
    I take some dry feed with me and throw it so I can get the ff in the containers! But it only works for a second. LOL When the feed hits the ground they jump in it like somebody sliding into home plate! LOL To get the container on the ground I have to fake them out, act like I am going to set it down in one spot then change spots real quick. Otherwise it usually ends up on one of thems back! I go out in the afternoon to let them free range a while and usually take scratch then. They surround me to see what I brought. They give me a little uneasy feeling doing that! The sneaky little critters have got to where they will pinch the back of my legs! Pigs for sure!

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