Science of Fermented Feed

Scratch Cradle

Hermann Fuechsel’s “Feeding the Chickens” (1861-1897) This summer, I started playing with fermented feed after reading a thread about it on the BYC forum.  I wrote a post about my first attempt and the one research article I had read about the benefits, the Enberg1 study, and another post about my second attempt with an improved system.

After a great question from Max, I went to my university’s online database to learn more about fermented feed and its application to poultry.  Most research is tailored for large, corporate “farm”-type operations, but chickens are chickens and we can glean information which does apply to our backyard practices.  My first post, linked above, really covers the basics, and this article covers some additional details.

What is fermented feed?

Fermented feed is any sort of regular chicken feed or scratch which has been fermented with live cultures of bacteria or yeasts. …

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