I’ve been fermenting my chicken feed off and on for awhile now.
I didn’t know anything about fermenting chicken feed till I saw someone post about it and how it makes there chicken feed last TWICE as long! Well I have over 30 chickens so anything to make the feed last longer I’ll try!
I didn’t wanna do it at first because it seemed like it would take to long to make and then to wait for it to ferment then i’d run out of feed and i’d have to feed them normal feed while I was waiting on my new bottle to ferment.
Well that wasn’t the cause!!
How to Ferment Your Chicken Feed
You can ferment any feed you currently give your chickens, whether it’s crumbles, pellets, scratch, or whole grains and seeds. The higher quality your feed, the more your chickens will gain from lacto-fermentation.
For my flock I use a big size glass jar to ferment my feed.
Larger flocks may require five-gallon buckets or storage bins, As long as they come with a lid.
If you can only source a plastic container, try to ensure it’s BPA-free. The acids in lacto-fermentation can increase the chances of BPA leaching into your liquid, and while there hasn’t been any concrete studies on how much BPA is actually leached, I’d rather not take my chances.
4 Easy steps!
Step 1. Place the dry grain into the jar- about 3/4 full. Do not pack down! There must be some room left for expansion
Step 2. add the water to the jar to completely cover the grain but still leave some room for expansion. Grain left uncovered by the water will become moldy and you do not want to feed moldy grain to your chickens!
Step 3. Cover the container loosely with a thin dish towel or linen napkin, something breathable. Stir the grain daily from the bottom, and add additional water if needed to keep the grain submerged
You will see bubbles starting to form and a sourdough bread smell begin to develop. It should not smell bad, rancid or moldy.
Now to wait…
The fermenting process takes two – three days. The grain should look soft. (Don’t forget to stir it everyday)
Step 4. Strain the grain from the liquid. I save the liquid for reuse. The liquid is already full of valuable probiotics and can be used to start the next batch of fermented chicken feed. Pour it into another jar or back into the one you just used and add grain, more water and continue the cycle.
And that’s it! It’s ready for you to feed it to your chickens!
Now I would start one thing of fermented feed and the next day start another. So I always have one ready to feed to them!
This will easily cut your food bill in half!!