HOW TO FERMENT FEED FOR CHICKENS OF ALL KINDS

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  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Nice post but a few points are wrong...you do not need to keep the feed submerged under water to have LABs growing there, nor does it promote mold if you don't keep it submerged...yeast will grow and mold would eventually, but most feed is fed out long before that can happen, nor does a strongly fermented smell means that it's gone bad and should be thrown out~that just means a higher fermentation rate has happened and more acetic acid is in the mix, nor does adding ACV use up any alcohol....the byproduct of grain fermentation is acetic acid, so the FF has enough acetic acid without adding anymore. You also don't want to have a lid on the container that is fastened down....a few people have had glass jars explode over that little item due to the gassing off of the mixture.

    There are two large threads here that discuss FF and how it's done and all the benefits, as well as one of our members has a FAQ site you might want to peruse to help you further in your FF journey. https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/645057/fermented-feeds-anyone-using-them

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/644300/fermenting-feed-for-meat-birds

    Info on anaerobic fermentation.....

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  3. Molpet

    Molpet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah the straining method is way too messy and time consuming.. for me anyway...ok if you have a couple of chickens.... I have ended up using a few food grade buckets, putting the top layer with the mother from today's bucket into another bucket, adding 1 1/2 to 2 gallons of water and about the same in feed.. in the winter it takes 3-4 days to ferment to where I like it.. in the summer it might be a day. .. I use the same method as beekissed https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/
     
  4. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ANOTHER MEHOD OF FERMENTING FEED
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  5. Tonya Wright

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    Can full grow chickens and ducks eat cooked rice
     
  6. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes.
     
  7. stacyh40

    stacyh40 Out Of The Brooder

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    I never heard of fermenting chicken food until I found this site, Guess i will need to dig deeper into it. My question is do those that do ferment see a big difference in their flocks due to it being fermented?
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Here's a site that will list the benefits of it and what a lot of people are experiencing with FF: https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

    TikkTok is a BYC member who compiled FAQ and information about fermented feed from the two larger threads on it here on BYC. Her site is the most accurate you'll find on the practice.
     
  9. stacyh40

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    Thank you for the link it has helped me under it more, think i will try it and see what happens. Just starting with chicks and was given a couple of grown roosters.
     
  10. harmesonfarm

    harmesonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been thinking about getting into this...I have layer pellets that I feed. Is this what is fermented? I'm always so confused by this as I see seed mixes, etc. used also.

    If so, what sort of container do you all use to feed them with? We have the "typical" hanging feeder, but I feel like the fermented feed would just get stuck...Is this so or do you find it works fine?
     

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