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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:19 pm 
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Hey guys I’m venturing into fermenting feed for my flock/s and wondering how long I can leave the feed in the bucket for? Say I put the feed and water in on a Monday and it’s ready by Friday, how long will it keep or do I have to use it all Friday?

Also what does everyone ferment for their birds?

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I would use your nose. If it smells funny or sour I’d say don’t use it. Will be dependent on the air temp too.

I occasionally sprout wheat for my chooks but I only let it go for a couple of days before feeding it to them. I do just enough for one feed.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:23 pm 
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By fermented I’m guessing you want a lactic acid fermentation?

I’ve never done it but I’m thinking it’s something along the lines of a sourdough starter. Once it’s going (7 days?) you keep back a portion (feed the rest to the chooks) and feed the starter again

If the same batch was kept for weeks and as long as the right yeasts colonised it and it didn’t go rancid then by a couple of weeks it might be too sour

2 weeks max?

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Happyhenz wrote:
Hey guys I’m venturing into fermenting feed for my flock/s and wondering how long I can leave the feed in the bucket for? Say I put the feed and water in on a Monday and it’s ready by Friday, how long will it keep or do I have to use it all Friday?

Also what does everyone ferment for their birds?




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Happyhenz wrote:
Hey guys I’m venturing into fermenting feed for my flock/s and wondering how long I can leave the feed in the bucket for? Say I put the feed and water in on a Monday and it’s ready by Friday, how long will it keep or do I have to use it all Friday?

Also what does everyone ferment for their birds?


Hi HappyHenz I have been fermenting grains for my free range Chickens and Muscovies for a few years and it depends on the time of year.
In Summer, when our temperatures are up to mid 40’s, the grain ferments in a few hours and in winter, when it’s around 10C to below zero at night, it can take up to 5 days to get going.
If you ever find black mould, chuck it out, some white is fine.
I have a system of 3 buckets and I put in enough feed for 2 days in each.
They are started 2 days apart, so every 2 days as one bucket empties, you add some liquid from the original batch, fresh tank water (no chemicals because that affects the fermentation process and the grains.
You know when it’s good to feed out because it smells ready and you’ll see the bubbles and swollen grains.
I’m using Peters Poultry mix and I also use local grown wheat occasionally.
Like I said my birds are free range so the also have access to plenty of worms (from the deep litter system), grass, herbs, fruits and other bugs, frogs and silverbeet.
Happy fermenting [emoji4]


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Note, too, that you're only fermenting (or sprouting) whole seeds and grains. Don't try to ferment the commercial pellets - you'll just get a nasty mess.


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