Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kefir Madness

Until the chicks were 2 weeks old, I didn't feed them anything but "chick food": 20% protein unmedicated starter.  Then I started giving them more exciting stuff here and there.  One day, earthworms (a riot ensued of chicks grabbing worms, screaming, and running around until other chicks gave chase.  Absolute mayhem.)  The next day, I mixed some feed with some of my homemade kefir.  A BIG hit.

Kefir is a yogurt-like drink.  It's thinner, has more beneficial yeasts and bacteria (some have hundreds of strains) and at least mine is a little funkier than yogurt.  It's great in smoothies though.  Or, apparently mixed with feed for chicks.  Once they eat most of their feed, quite a bit of feed powder is left in the feeder.  It's likely the finely ground grains and some of the supplement powders like kelp.  Mix it with some kefir and they will clean it up fast!  Yogurt would probably elicit a similar reaction.

The chicks at 3 weeks.

Kefir Madness.  A bit of their feed moistened with some kefir.  I have to put several plates around of the mix or it's a shoving match.

Yum yum.

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