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Summertime and the livin’s easy?

It was a long hot summer here in Vegas. Back in June I took an excursion to Reno to meet my Granddaughter

Avery

Avery

and come back to find a fried Pluot Tree and my favorite Golden Cockoo Marans rooster keeled over. Friday morning everything was dandy, when I got back Sunday POOF! It got to 117 degrees that Saturday and just knocked the bejeezus straight outta that tree and roo.

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble?

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble?

The ferment buckets really got going strong by August. 24 hours and there would be a good strong ferment going on, by September the amount of hooch being produced was remarkable. Ferment2

It got to where every Saturday I would empty all of the hooch out of one of the two ferment buckets and they both still stayed nice and sour. All of that Lacto-Baccilus inoculated highly acidic fluid went straight into my greywater collection tank to be distributed throughout the orchard. One bucketful did go into the latest compost pile and boy did it heat up fast!  Glop

 

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This lovely looking Glop had collected in the bottom of the buckets, it is very viscous sorta like a sourdough sponge, Mother? I win sure. The chickens gobbled it up though.

 

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IMO aka Indigenous Micro Organisms

Last week I chronicled my first baby steps into “Natural” farming or maybe more properly “Korean Natural Farming“. I actually like the term my new favorite non-fiction book, “The Holistic Orchard” uses right in its title. Holistic . For me that word summarizes the approach I’m going to use in my orchard/garden/chicken ranch, not only looking at the whole system but investigating the whole world of agriculture practices. The goal is to keep an open mind and be inclusive not exclusive, if after thorough research I come to the conclusion that an application of petro-chemical based pesticide, herbicide or fertilizer is the right choice that option, while not being the preferred option, will be included.

Back to my funky stuff! The fungus/bacteria/yeast culturing project went off successfully. Karen did find my fungus bin but didn’t throw it out (Lorri did you snitch me out?) Your going to be spared pictures of furry, fluffy, multi colored spotted rice only because I forgot to take a picture before I processed the goo.

Rice Wash water after a week of culturing.

Rice Wash water after a week of culturing.

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Pulling out 8 ounces of serum with a turkey baster

Pulling out 8 ounces of serum with a turkey baster

The Lacto-Baccillus serum mixed with milk to grow out the preferred Lacto cultures

The Lacto-Baccillus serum mixed with milk to grow out the preferred  Lactobacillus cultures

In 2 weeks time this 80 ounces of milk inoculated with 8 ounces of Lacto-Bacillus serum should curdle and separate leaving me with a crude curd to feed to the chickens and Lacto-Baccilus rich whey to be stabilized and used in the orchard.

The funky rice mixed with brown sugar to make IMO-2

The funky rice mixed with brown sugar to make IMO-2

 

IMO-2 ready to ferment

IMO-2 ready to ferment

The IMO-2 along with the milk concoction will now go in a dark closet to ferment for a couple of weeks in preparation for stabilizing and then use.

 

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It’s gonna work! Ain’t it?

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In a previous post I shared how it was my wife Karen’s fault that I am addicted to hatching eggs. She really should have known that if she brought home an incubator I would have to use it, and when her evil stepmother repossessed that incubator did Karen did get me the little Brinsea mini I asked for? Nope she got me a Brinsea Octagon 20 advance!! This thing holds 24 chicken eggs, that must mean she wants me to hatch lots of chickens…..right? Well thats how I construed her actions, and when she suggested one of her pet hospital units might make a good hatcher that sealed the deal. Karen wants lots of chickens. I honestly don’t see how her actions could be interpreted otherwise.

I had tried sprouting grains for the girls last week and they loved them, last night i was thinking about the rice I get occasionally. It struck me that if the simple act of throwing a handful of grain to your chickens can be made more complicated by sprouting there must be something similar for cooked rice. After hours of intensive research I stumbled upon the concept of fermenting your livestocks feed. While the five minutes I spent skimming the first two pages of this post on Backyardchickens didn’t make me an expert,

it did provide me enough info to go off half-cocked into the world of fermented feed. My raw ingredients are cooked rice and expired active culture yogurt. The hardware are two five gallon buckets and one lid, I drilled a bunch of little holes in the one bucket basically turning it into a sieve that goes inside the other bucket. To start this very technical process I dumped half the rice into the holy bucket squirted in the yogurt then dumped the rest of the rice on top. After putting enough water in to just cover the rice I put the cover on loosely and stored it in the back corner of the coop. Why the orange cream yogurt? well it was in the back of the fridge, but also in that article on Backyardchickens.com they discuss using unpasteurized to provide the culture to start the fermentation. I didn’t have any and Whole Foods is way on the other side of town, so I googled fermented livestock feed and found that in Korea they use something called Lactobacillus to ferment animal feed. Didn’t have any of that either, but when I googled Lactobacillus up popped  Acidophilus which thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis everyone knows is in yogurt and the rest is in the bucket! Is this gonna work? I honestly have know idea, but it sure made for an interesting morning and provided yet another way to make me feel that I really am doing something more than just throwing out feed for the girls.

Tomorrow or the next day I should have an update on the fermented feed project. As to when I hit critical mass in chicken production, I’ll let you know the number of chickens that finally tips Karen over the edge and prompts her to hide my incubator. In fact maybe we should make it a bit of a game, how about everyone posting the number of chickens that make Karen snap in the comments section of this post! I’ll send a dozen hatching eggs to the person that gets the closest.

 

 

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