fermenting feed smell???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CluckAcres, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello its my first time fermenting chicken feed. Im using layer feed. My question is.... is it suppose to smell like vomit? Its bubbling so thats a good sign.
     
  2. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could be something with the brand of layer feed. It should settle down after a while and smell better. Did you kick start it with UP/ACV?
     
  3. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i did. I was told to let it sit for 3 days for the first time to get it started better. Is that true? I mixed it with some dry layer feed and fed it to the chickens today and they went crazy over it.
     
  4. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I did up/acv let go for 3 days started feeding and replacing on a daily basis. don't smell unless stirred. so only when I feed and then not much.
    How many chicken you have? I have 28 of them 22 Black copper marans and 6 americauna / EE
     
  5. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have around 50 chickens of all different breeds. Plus I have some ducks and turkeys as well. I started a new batch of feed today but instead of using layer feed i used cracked corn. The smell is much better today.
     
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  6. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine smells yeasty and sweet -
     
  7. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a chance rodents might be able to touch the feed you're fermenting? I've noticed with my sprouts that the slightest amount of rodent excreta in the bucket will ruin the whole batch of sprouts, and they'll rot before sprouting (and smell very vomity). I had rats climbing to dip paws into the soaking water, ugh!

    Sorry to raise a new issue and it may not be the problem you're seeing.
     
  8. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By day 3 my fermented feed was starting to grow mold...so I tossed it...not sure where I went wrong, but there went that idea.
     
  9. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the tubs were cleaned out with hot soapy water first and rinsed out very well. I have this sitting my my laundry room which is kinda part of my bathroom and no rodents are in the house. Thanks for the awareness tho.
     
  10. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only cracked corn nothing else. Mine is cracked corn oats and poultry base it is mixed at the feed mill down the road but yo could mix it at home if you needed to.
    How many times a day do you feed? I do once in the morning. Then if they seemed starved the next morning I feed twice that day. Then they are generally back on track with once a day for a while.

    Forgot to ask. What system is yours 1 or 2 bucket? The 2 being where you have 1 with holes drilled in it setting inside of another bucket. I use the 1 bucket system and keep 2 buckets going all the time. 1 of those buckets has been going continuous for 4 or 5 months without ever starting over.
     
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