Fermented Chicken Feed
Benefits of fermenting chicken feed:
- Increases digestibility
- 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)
The process of fermenting chicken feed is really quite simple.
What you need:
- Food safe containers (with lids) (I went to our local grocery store bakery and they sold me buckets for $1)
First add some feed to you container.
Make sure the water is well above the feed.
On the 4th day I strained the feed. It kind of has a sweet smell to it.
Then next day I'll go to bucket 2. The following day to bucket 3. Then the day after I'll return to bucket 1.
The reason I'm using a 3 bucket system is to allow the feed I add 3 days to ferment.
*Note: When I got to the point of having to ferment a large quantity (due to having a lot of meat birds and them growing). I drilled holes in a bucket and stuck it inside the other bucket and lifted it to drain.*
That's all there is to it!
The chickens loved it!