I didn't want to start 2 threads on this subject. Basically my family spends a FORTUNE on feed for our rather large flock. Just were introduced to fermenting so we are like kids in a candy store. Basically I have a 2 part question. 1) What is a good process with simple materials to ferment layer pellets? (I was thinking of using a 5 gallon bucket filling 1/3 with pellets, the rest with water and leaving it sitting for 4-5 days in a cool dark area - would this work?) Also we did 1 bucket last night and it turned into "goop" sort of like cream of wheat. It has 2 inches of water over it. Is this right? 2) Does fermenting scratch grains dramatically increase the nutrients where you can add more than 10%? 3) Any good methods to strain the water?