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#1 Hippie3

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 02:23 PM

after fermenting
the corn
would it still be ok
to feed the corn,
after draining off the 'beer',
to my chickens ?
i know my pig would eat it,
got a pot-belly pig drunk on beer before
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 02:53 PM

I'm sure they'd love it. You'd be surprised what a chicken will eat..

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 04:29 PM

the question is not would they eat it-
but is it 'good' / 'fit' for such use ?

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:16 PM

I give all my sourmash slops to my chickens.
They go crazy for it and no harm has been seen in feeding it so far this whole summer.
The only problem is a couple of the girls will fall asleep in the yard at night instead of going into the coop and perching. You need to carry them into roost.

In mashing and fermenting the carbohydrates are used and the proteins are left. Thus stripping out a good portion of the calories and making it a less filling feed.

If anything you would be giving a higher protein feed to the birds than just plain corn chop.

I call plain corn chop "chicken crack", it's like pure candy to the chickens. I try not to overfeed it. I don't have that concern with spent mashed corn.

The spent yeast in the slops also adds to the value of the mash as a feed soarce.

I'm getting about 14% alcohal in my mash and only distilling down to 40% before the tails get really flowing, I make very conservative cuts.
I'm figuring that I'm still leaving a brew of about 3 to 4% ABV.

So the chickens are still getting the equivalent of a beer with their mash.
They don't seem to mind.

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:22 PM

I've noticed high protein diets result in better eggs, those things being mostly protein.

Couple summers ago one of my younger chickens at a 1.5' long garter snake one day, and the egg she laid the next day was larger than a goose egg, and easily twice as big as any egg laid by the other chickens. It was like comparing a regular chicken egg to a bantam or quail egg.

#6 Hippie3

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:30 PM

double yolk maybe?

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:35 PM

the question is not would they eat it-
but is it 'good' / 'fit' for such use ?



i feel it would not be good to feed it as a sole ration. the brewing process removes and denatures a lot of the vitimins and other minerals. but it would be a good feed supplement. i personally would keep it to less than 20% of total feed ration.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:50 PM

even ok for laying hens ?

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:44 AM

i would feel comfortable with that just in moderation.

my hen ration consists of
soaked/sprouted grains (millet milo and oats)
a mix of organic fishmeal and dried kelp with a bit of DE and argonite (calcium just more available than oyster shell) and a bit of an organic mineral/salt mix

i put this out free choice and i wouldnt hesitate to mix some home brew spent mash in with the grains

i also toss them what ever veggi scraps i have but it only amounts to a small % of total feed.




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