Lacto-Fermentation is a way of preserving and enhancing foods through lactic acid. It's been around way before we've had ways to chill our food, can with high heat or use of artificial preservatives. Examples of lacto-fermented foods we eat: yogurt, sauerkraut, fermented pickles...etc.
Benefits of fermenting chicken feed:
Preserves vitamins AND creates new vitamins. Specifically B vitamins (B1, B3, B12, B9)
Contains numerous helpful enzymes, antibiotic & anti carcinogenic substances
Promotes growth of healthy flora through intestines
Removes phytic acid (anti nutrient in grains that binds up minerals and prevents those minerals from being absorbed in the digestive system), thus allowing more minerals to be absorbed.
Increases egg weight and shell thickness
Reduces feed consumption = less feed = saves $$
Less chicken waste & what does come out is more solid and not as smelly
Increases growth rate (If you're raising meat chickens this is exactly what you want)
Clipping a chicken's wings prevents it from flying out of its pen. It is a simple and pain-free process. It can be done by one person, but it's easier with two (one to hold the chicken and the other to clip the wing. In this instance, I both held the chicken and clipped the wings because I needed a camera person.)
First (and most fun), catch the chicken.
Once you have the chicken in your arms, spread it's wing.
It's cold and snowy out. This is the time of year that I long for it to be spring so that I can start my garden. Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. It's the rest of winter I dislike. Since I can't make time go faster, I spend this time planning out my garden instead. This year we're going to make raised beds (and lots of them because I can and preserve a lot) and being the huge nerd I am (I've been told it's "cute" but I know it's totally dorky but efficient), I made actual plans: