The benefits of fermented chicken feed are numerous and the process couldn’t be any simpler.
The fermentation process begins to break down the feed, making it more digestible. The fermented feed has better enzyme activity as well as elevated levels of vitamins. The amount of protein in the feed the chickens body absorbs and uses is increased by as much as 12%.
Because of these benefits, the chickens consume less (up to as much as 1/2 the normal amount) and as a result, their waste is decreased as well. Fed on a tray, there is no instinct for the hen to scratch at it as with grain on the ground. This results in less waste of the feed and cleaner digestion. The consumption of feed rich in lactic acid bacteria creates better overall health because of the increase in good bacteria in the poultry’s system.
Simply get 3 containers. In each container be sure there is enough room to put about 1/2 the amount of pelleted or crumble feed you use as well as enough water to cover it all by at least an inch. You can always increase the amount of feed you ferment as you get a feel for how much your flock actually will need.
Only water the first container of feed on the first morning. Stir it a few times a day and be sure to label it – it should be fed around the morning of its fourth day in your container. (It will ferment for 3 days.) If it seems to expand and feel a little dry, you can add a bit more water. I find my hens like fermented feed that’s not too soupy. It will fluff up as the fermentation takes place… and stirring assists in the process by distributing oxygen.
Water the next two containers on the following two mornings. What you end up with: you’ll feed your first container on the fourth morning of the whole process and then put more feed into it to begin another batch, and so on. A continual supply of chicken happiness and health.
Do you have foods you ferment for your livestock? Do you sprout or soak grains?