Hi all. I'm one of those FF success stories. We had a hen that was having crop issues all summer and I wasn't sure she was going to make it. Started all the hens on FF in August and within 3 days she had drastically improved... it's like she's a new bird! She's beautiful and active and maybe it;s a coincidence, but given that she'd been "slowing down" for months prior to the crop issues, I don't think so. Anyway, here's the dilema. Because it's dark when I leave for work, my husband is now the morning feeder of the hens. That's all though... put the feed and water out, open the doors, and he's done for the day until I get home. Yesterday he used the VERY LAST BIT of fermented feed, leaving me none to add to when making a new batch. I didn't leave specific instructions not to use the entire container (I usually make the new batch when I notice it's getting low, but I was crazy busy this week), so I can't be too mad BUT I don't really want to go 4 days without FF while the (brand) new batch gets going. So, here's the question: He left some water in the container to soak the bits off the sides of the container. The water was a little foggy from the leftovers (nothing else in there but a LOT of water and a LITTLE bit of scraps. I used this water to start the new batch. Do you think that's enough to get the FF started quicker? Like maybe in 2 days??? Or tomorrow??? Should I be looking for scoby on the top to know it's ready? Or that it smells right?