What We Feed 

 There are so many different choices of feed for chickens. There are layer pellets, crumble, whole grain, milled grain, organic, non-GMO, etc- enough to make your head spin. We fed what we felt was a great feed, but there was always so much waste. I was having to switch between layer pellets and crumble to try and keep them interested in their feed. I always felt something was lacking in their diet and I knew I needed to make a switch. We decided to switch to Scratch and Pecks Organic Layer. This is whole grain feed that is not short on high quality ingredients.

Well, it was a success! 

Why We Ferment Our Feed 

  I headed to the internet to see what I could to do to try and reduce to cost of feed, minimize the waste, and get a great quality of feed. I had come across several articles about fermenting and was amazed by the health benefits and I was immediately hooked. I will admit, I was nervous about doing it wrong, so it took me a long time to finally take the plunge, but I am so glad I did! 

Fermenting Supplies 


Start with a nice clean bucket with a lid. This can either be a bucket from a home improvement store or a food grade one. If you have one on hand kudos, just make sure its nice and clean. Initally I would suggest starting with a smaller bucket to see how it turns out. From this you will get a good estimate on your feed to water ratio. Ultimately,  your bucket size depends on your flock size. If you have a larger flock you may need a 5 gallon bucket ( or a few!). If you have a small flock you might not need a bucket that big. 


Find a scoop that works for you. There are so many different styles of scoops, so choose one that you like since it will become your new friend. 


Fill your clean bucket half way with water and add your feed in. I dont always add the right amount in each time. Sometimes I may need more feed and sometimes I need more water. The temperature does play a role in this, too. During the warmer months I have found that I need to add more water often than not. In the colder months I found that the feed did not absorb nearly as well, so I added some warm water to the bucket and found that the absorption was much better. 


Once you have added your water and feed to your bucket set the lid on. It is best if it is not left in direct sun, so I keep my buckets in the garage. The bucket will need to soak for two or more days. During the first 24 hours the 


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