Fermenting feed - how long to leave in trough

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bridgettesd, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. bridgettesd

    bridgettesd Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    Chicks are coming today and all is set and ready to go. I am so excited!!!

    I was wondering how long I should leave the fermented feed in the chick trough feeder before dumping it and adding fresh. I added 1 cup and a half so its not filled all the way up. Also, should I dump and refill the water mason jars with Nurtridrench daily too?

    Thanks,
    Bridgette
     
  2. SaltyPaws

    SaltyPaws Out Of The Brooder

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    I leave the fermented food indefinitely as long as its not soiled with shavings, poop, etc. Ive found that it gets packed down and hard after a few hours, so after that I break it up into crumbles so its easier for them to eat. I also leave the top part of the trough off because Im afraid someone will get their heads stuck and break a neck.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. bridgettesd

    bridgettesd Out Of The Brooder

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    YEA, they are here and besides two with pasty butt or just poop around their tush, all are well, I think! They love the yogurt fermented organic chick starter! I plan to move to pine bedding soon.
     

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