It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.
No worries. I am still doing well, and my birds are thriving. I have started this new thing called Fermented Feed, and I am really loving the results. The birds are too of course. It’s a treat to them every feeding.
What the heck is fermented feed and why on earth would you want to give it to chickens?
Fermentation of foods has been done for hundreds of years by many cultures. If you have ever consumed cheese, yogurt, sourdough bread, wine, beer kimchi or sauerkraut (just to name a few) you have eaten a fermented food.
The fermentation process uses naturally occurring bacteria to partially break down the food, improving its enzyme content and increasing its levels of vitamins B, C and K. It also makes food more digestible, and boosts the “usable” protein level by about 12 percent.
The other benefits to using fermented feed:
- Feed consumption and waste will drop by 1/2 to 3/4 (this will save you money)
- Poultry on a diet of fermented feed are generally healthier and less likely to contract disease
- There is almost zero waste as chickens don’t scratch through it, kicking it out of the feeder
- Stools become more solid and many people report less smell in the coop and run!
- Egg yolks of eggs laid by hens on fermented feed will become noticeably larger, and shells will be more solid.
info from http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.ca/ – Love this site!
Here is what my system looks like. Two five gallon buckets (one inside the other). The inside bucket has holes drilled up the sides and all over the bottom. It acts like a strainer/colander and only brings the amount of juices the feed needs up to saturate the ‘cooking’ feed.
It smells like sour dough bread, and can also smell a bit like wine once it’s been going for quite a while.
If you have a large flock – this is a real moneysaver. I have estimated a 100 pound savings a week by fermenting my feed.
That’s $30 a week. That’s $1560 a year in savings. Sure it takes more work, but the work is worth it. My birds are healthier, happier, my hatch rate has never been so high and my wallet is struggling less.
Thanks for reading! Happy Holidays from Les Farms.