Fermenting feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cori1023, May 2, 2015.

  1. piopio123

    piopio123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    The lacto-fermentation process is accelerated by warmth. It slows down with cooler temperatures...So let's think of it like sauerkraut... putting it in the refrigerator once it has gone through an active fermentation phase (bubbles are a good sign of this) will then put it in a more dormant state, and so it will not continue to ferment and there it may stay preserved. If you left it out in the warmer conditions it would continue to ferment, but outside in the summer heat it could also potentially rot. Sticking with the sauerkraut analogy....if you have a barrel/crock/ or other container that is too large for the refrigerator, sauerkraut was traditionally kept in a root cellar aka a cool dry place.
    I hope this helps!
  2. Sidhe13

    Sidhe13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2015
    Victoria, Australia
    My brand new bag of chick starter got wet over the weekend. Can I ferment it? It is medicated, does that make a difference?
  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I see no difference between wet feed and feed that has water added for the purpose of fermenting. To make sure it doesn't go moldy, I recommend putting the wet feed in a container large enough to hold it, cover it with water, add a dash of ACV to kick start the fermentation, if it hasn't begun already, and place in a room temperature spot and stir twice a day. You should have a good ferment by 48 hours.

    I'm fermenting medicated feed for my chicks. It's the only chick starter available to me, but it ferments like the unmedicated stuff.
    Last edited: May 24, 2015
  4. Sidhe13

    Sidhe13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2015
    Victoria, Australia
    Thanks @azygous!
  5. Clucksandgiggle

    Clucksandgiggle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2014
    I keep my FF in a clear plastic tub on my kitchen counter. Some do leave it outside though.
  6. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    I ferment my feed outdoors, (my mom wouldn't be happy if I kept 6, 5 gallon buckets in the house [​IMG]). I keep it in the barn where it's cool and dark. It does just fine. (I just have to make sure I keep it covered so I don't lose any chicks).
  7. Sidhe13

    Sidhe13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2015
    Victoria, Australia
    It has been slim picking since the food bag got wet and my poor chooks have had to make do with whatever we can scrap together....but today is Day 3 of the fermented wet feed and it smells great! I just put some out and the chooks were happy to receive! So a bag of feed has veen saved! There is enough in the bucket for tomorrow and the next day. I will start a new batch tomorrow and keep rolling it over...next week is pay week and this will easily last until then...
  8. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Just to add another confirmation. I have been feeding my layers and one roo fermented feed for a little more than a month now. Scratch, in a 5 gallon bucket, covered with water...it ferments just fine without any ACV (that will depend on where you live, if there are any live yeasts in your area you are fine without ACV). I hatched 19 chicks 10 days ago, and bought chick starter before they arrived. I put it into my crockpot and covered it with water, and sure enough, it fermented just fine. So my chicks have had FF since day 1 and they too love it. I put it into a small strainer and press most of the water out with a soup ladle. So it goes into my feeder as an oatmeal consistency.

    But I have a question. Until a few days ago I could fill my 24" long feeding tray (which has a cover with like 48 holes in the top for them to feed through) and they were happy campers. But now they finish that in less than a day. So because they haven't seen day light yet, at 2am they start yelping, I assume because they are hungry. Is there any amount I should be targeting for them? E.g. X grams per chick per day? The alternative is that I refill the container, but then that puts fresh on top of old, and I'm unsure if that will work.

    Suggestions please?
  9. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2015
    I have the same question... How much should my chicks need? I have 10 ,2 week old layers that seem to always have an empty dish. Do I free feed them or limit them ?
    They're just getting wet medicated starter as the ff is not done yet.
  10. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    At 3 weeks old, I had fed my chicks 1Kg per chick dry (which I then fermented). So 1Kg per chick through 3 weeks. But realize this is not a silver bullet answer. Roos will eat more than hens, period. I free feed to at least 8 weeks, if you have empty feeders, feed them some more.

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