protein supplement for chickens

Milk is our protein of preference for supplementing chickens (pigs, too).  That’s because it’s free — just like our grass, because it is grass.  When there’s enough spare milk, we sometimes make dry curd cottage cheese with a high acidity and pack it into mason jars.  We can store this in the ‘cool room’ (enclosed, unheated porch — in the summer it would be our ‘hot room’, as if faces southwest).  No refrigeration is needed.  When we open a jar to add to the chickens’ fermented grains, it smells so good we often have a bit ourselves.  Food is everywhere; food is important; food is delicious.

4 thoughts on “protein supplement for chickens

  1. Amazing. Who knew that such a thing could be stored without refrigeration? Is it canned under pressure or in a water bath, or just packed into the jars?

  2. Just packed and lidded. To be clear, we don’t put it out there in the summer, just the cool months; in the summer, we would put it in the basement. We do salt the curd, but not enough to effect preservation, just to taste. And while we do relish it ourselves, we’re storing it specifically for feeding to birds. Cottage cheese for human consumption is easy to make, and the materials are always to hand, so we’re never short of fresh cottage cheese when we want it.

  3. How much have you found the chickens need? I’m trying to figure out what amount I would need to be feeding if I switch my chicks and hens from grain to grass and natural feed and am having trouble finding recommended amounts!
    Thank you for any help.

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