In this week’s episode we discuss fermenting your own feed for your chickens and other animals.
Why should you consider fermenting chicken feed?
- it increased availability of nutrients for the chickens
- it actually increases the amount of vitamins in the feed and produces new vitamins
- makes the food easier to digest because it’s soaked and soft
- provided beneficial probiotics to help chickens absorb more nutrients from their feed and keeps them healthier
- decreases risk of diseases like salmonella and healthier digestive tracks
- decreases the amount of feed chickens are consuming and they produce less waste
- makes poop small and less stinky (I know amazing).
- egg yolks are bigger and shells are stronger.
- your chickens will be healthier and happier!
Here’s a post from Scratch Cradle with all the scientific studies linked – etc.
In fermented feed phosphorus levels are increased and sugar level decrease, fermenting the feed also increases protein content in the feed by about 3%.
There have been studies to show that hens fed fermented fed develop more villi in their intestines and thus absorb more nutrients from their feed making them more efficient at feed conversion.