How to Ferment Chicken Feed for Healthier Hens and Better Eggs

If you’re already feeding your chickens a good wholesome diet, fermenting their feed can further improve hen health and egg quality, and even save you a bit of money on feed costs.

It’s also one of the easiest things you can do for your flock! (Not to mention, your chickens will devour every last grain.)

Lacto-fermentation is a discovery I made while trying to give my hens a more wholesome diet, and it’s probably one of the easiest things you can do to improve their health and their eggs (while saving a bit of money at the same time).

Step 1: Fill your container about one-third to one-half full with the feed of your choice.

You can ferment any feed you currently give your chickens, whether it’s crumbles, pellets, scratch, or whole grains and seeds.

Step 2: Add enough dechlorinated water to cover the grains by a couple of inches.

Why dechlorinated water? Because most municipal water—the stuff that comes out of your tap—contains chlorine and chemicals designed to kill bacteria, including good bacteria.

Step 3: Place a lid on your container and leave it out at room temperature for three to four days.

When you start to see a layer of bubbles on the surface of your liquid, voilà—you have lacto-fermentation in process.

The water will appear cloudy and the top layer may seem filmy and foamy, but rest assured these are the normal effects of all that bacteria at work. You can simply stir the “scum” back into the feed when you see it.

Properly fermented feed actually smells pretty good (if you like fermented food, that is)—fruity and tart, like yogurt. That sour smell indicates the presence of lactic acid. If your fermented feed has an unpleasant odor, or smells strongly of alcohol or yeast gone wrong, your batch has likely gone bad.

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