Foods like yogurt, kefir, and pickles are made through the process of fermentation. Fermenting things makes them rich in gut-healthy probiotics. The same thing can be done with chicken feed!
Fermenting feed not only provides health benefits to your flock, but it can help cut down on the feed bill. The fermented feed is more nutritionally dense and has an increase in B vitamins. The process is also easy least, win win!
The fermenting process is covering chicken feed with water for 2 to 4 days. Once the feed is fermented it is ready to feed! Feed only what can be eaten in 15-30 minutes to avoid mold.
How to do it
In a good grade container (mine is a mason jar) place feed and enough water to cover feed entirely. Filtered water is ideal. Place in an area you will remember to burp/release gases from the jar at least once a day. Around day 3 the mixture should be bubbly, but the process could vary slightly and be done on day 2 or day 4. Save the water when you complete the process to have a jump start when adding more. In order to have a consistent stream of feed start multiple batches to feed each day.
P.S. in the photo mine are eating it with scratch on top because they ate breakfast before I thought to take the photo. I had to add scratch for them to come eat again.