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 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Penryn, California 

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