Hi, I know that there are many many threads on fermented feeds, but I thought I would share some of my experiences and ask for advice from some of you more experienced meat raisers. I got 50 Cornish Cross chicks last spring. They were free range from very early. I fermented their feed and gave them limited rations, unfortunately too limited and it stunted their growth . Other than being very hungry at feeding time, they were very happy and seemingly healthy chickens until all of a sudden half of them died to coccidiosis. Now, I am not sure if I want to ferment our feed this time. I will be taking many more precautions when it comes to cleaning their feeders, and I will be feeding a medicated feed for the first little bit since we know that there are high levels of coccidiosis on our land. I will also be feeding them more feed in more feeders, with a dedicated eating area that I can clean between feeds. I really liked that the chicks did not seem to drink an enormous amount of water and the fact that their poo was solid and not stinky. Their coop did not stink at all. I hear about how people call their chicks little piggies and all they do is eat and poop and smell disgusting. My chicks were very active being free range, but I do not know if that has anything to do with the fermenting their feed. I know that this is a hot topic, so please just share your experiences with me.