Save money on chicken feed & keep your chickens happy & healthy with fermented feed…
If you are into natural health, you may have heard of some of the health benefits of fermented foods, but did you know that fermentation can also increase the nutritional value of your animal feed as well?
In fact, many sustainable homesteaders swear by this method of feeding. Not only does fermenting your chicken feed make it more nutritious, but it also cuts down on your feed bill, as your animals will require less food to sustain them.
Fermented feed is also really easy to make. All you need to do is let your grains soak in water for a few days. Doing so will start to break down the grain, creating probiotics and enzymes that render your chicken feed more digestible and also more tasty for your chickens. The easy availability of nutrients may also help them stay warmer and healthier during the winter months.
Here are a few more benefits that fermented chicken feed will provide for your chickens, according to Fresh Eggs Daily:
– Fermentation creates probiotics which assist in digestion and gut health by promoting ‘good’ bacteria in the intestines.
– Studies have shown that feeding fermented feed can increase egg weight and eggshell thickness.
– Eating fermented feed improves chickens’ immune systems, increasing their resistance to diseases such Salmonella and E.coli.
Not only will your chickens love fermented feed, but you will too, when you see how much money it can save you! Here are a few reasons why:
– Because nutrients are more readily absorbed when feed is fermented, your chickens will eat less. (It’s believed that chickens will eat up to 20% less fermented feed than regular dry feed because they can meet their nutritional requirements with a lesser amount of feed.)
– Fermentation introduces vitamins, specifically the B vitamins (folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin), not present before fermentation, so if you are currently adding brewer’s yeast to the feed, you don’t need to any longer.
– Fermentation also creates probiotics, meaning if you currently add probiotic powder to your chicken feed, you can discontinue that too.
– Chickens LOVE it, so there will literally be NO waste when you serve fermented feed.
Watch this quick video to learn how to ferment your own chicken feed (it’s easy!), or visit FreshEggsDaily.com for more info.