Heated container for feeding Fermented Feed in the winter???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Coop de Grass, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Songster

    I have heated waterers for my flock, but I am wondering if there is something that I can use that will stop the Fermented Feed from turning into a block of ice. Food and Water is in the run, and the girls won't be outside when I leave for work, so the fermented feed will be out for an hour or so before they wake up.

    Has anyone tried using a heated dog bowl? Would the metal base that goes under and unheated waterer work?

    Creative suggestions would be welcome!
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    I feed fermented feed, but although I use a heated dog bowl for water, I am reluctant to try for the ff, as they will eat much of it , and what happens to the now empty bowl, not sure if that's OK.
    My solution in winter, is to only give a small amt of ff, and then offer dry crumbles to last all day.
     
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  3. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Songster

    Thanks, @SueT! I noticed that the girls aren't interested in the dry crumbles now that they have the fermented feed. I left the gravity feeders in place, but the crumbles weren't consumed. Perhaps I will give them the fermented feed at the end of the day. :frow
     
  4. duckduckgose

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    what sort of food are you feeding?
     
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  5. Coop de Grass

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    At the moment I am feeding a combination of Starter crumbles mixed with oats, red wheat, white wheat, lentils, flaxseed, kelp and some other things that have escaped my mind. I let it ferment in a food safe plastic pail, stirring it several times a day. I've seen a real difference in the amount of food they consume and the consistency of the droppings, which are more concentrated.

    I will be switching them to Scratch and Peck layer feed within the next 2 weeks. It is more expensive, but base on the fermentation process using about half as much as unfermented feed, it may work out pretty well. I've found it too expensive to mix my own whole grain blend...
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

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    I switch to dry when it will be below freezing all day.
     
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