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Do you know why soy is pretty much universally used in chicken feed? It is an inexpensive source of protein and it helps chickens grow faster. But it isn't very good for us. (You can find out why here.)
Perhaps you, like many others, are looking for soy-free chicken food. If you have a family milk cow or friends with abundant milk, I've got an idea for you. This week's free video explains it to you, or you can read the short transcript below. Do try to watch the video, though, and see our brand-new surprise chicks! (That story is here on Facebook.)
On our homestead — in addition to bugs all over the place and a few scattered oats, sunflower seeds and whole peas — we give our free-range chickens clabber, or spontaneously soured raw milk. I put the extra of our abundant whole, raw Jersey milk in two gallon buckets or gallon jars and leave them at room temperature. In about two days the naturally present beneficial organisms have thickened it up like yogurt. I skim off the cream for us (check out the easy, easy sour cream video). And the thickened milk, otherwise known as clabber, goes to the chickens.
They love it and eat gobs of it — and they're very healthy! We spread it on the ground when there are chicks around, so none of the babies fall into any big tubs. And then we have fun watching them eat it all up!
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