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Fermented Chicken Feed

Fermented chicken feed is easy to make for your flock. The whole grains used provide a natural probiotic option with beneficial good bacteria. Not to mention, fermented feed provides a filling healthy diet and is an overall better feed option.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 d
Total Time3 d 5 mins
Course: Poultry Keeping
Cuisine: Livestock Feed
Keyword: fermented chicken feed


  • 2 gallon food grade bucket
  • Wooden Spoon


  • 1/4 cup Whole Grain Feed, per chicken
  • Water



  • In the fermenting vessel add appropriate amount whole grain feed.
  • Add water, making sure feed is completely submerged by 3 inches.
  • Gently mix the feed with water taking, making sure to mix the bottom of the fermenting vessel.
  • Add more water if necessary, keeping grains cover by 3 inches of water at all times.
  • Though not necessary, fermenting vessels can be covered using breathable cotton dishtowels. A coffee filter can be used as a cover when mason jars are used. Fermenting covers can be secured to the vessel with twine or large rubber bands. 


  • Using a second fermenting vessel, repeat steps from Day One


  • Using a third fermenting vessel, repeat steps from Day One


  • On day 4 feed from Day One's fermenting vessel.
  • Begin another ferment following instructions from Day One. 


  • The next day, feed using Day Two's vessel. Start a new ferment.
  • Continue to process each day.


Upon the completion of the fermentation process the grains will have a yeasty, lightly sour smell resembling sourdough bread. This scent indicates the grains are ready to be fed to the flock.
Do not provide feed which contains mold. Mold is fuzzy and can appear black, white, even pink.
At times scum may appear floating on top of the liquid. Scum should not be confuse with mold. Unlike mold, scum is not fuzzy in appearance but is off white or cream in color. Scum can be removed using a rubber spatula and discarded. 
Discard any remaining feed at the end of the day.
Remaining feed indicates that to much fermented feed is being offered. Decrease the amount of grains being fermented by 1/4 cup until no fermented feed is present at the end of the day.