Post by funnymamma on Jan 13, 2014 22:32:41 GMT -5
So our last piggie is going away next weekend and I am going to start doing more clabber for the chickens, cats, dogs, etc... I also have my eye on another cow, but I need to convince hubby that she will pull her weight and not be a money pit. Soooo, just how much clabber is safe, healthy, ok to give to chickens? Should I let them have all they want? They are going through about 100 lbs of layer pellets a week right now since they are stuck inside and can't eat bugs. How much can I reduce that by replacing with clabber? What about the dogs and cats? Also, for those of you that clabber regularly, do you just scoop out what your feeding that day and add new milk to the same pot all the time or are you constantly starting new? I've always done in in a big stock pot but could I use a plastic bucket (food grade of course)?
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You can feed the chickens as much clabber as they want. I don't know how much it will reduce your other feed, but clabber is a pretty good food, so if they had JUST that, they wouldn't starve to death. In the summer, when it's not freezing, I put clabber or just plain milk out for our outside dogs, and refill when it's empty, so I guess they get all they want. I've had problems with inside dogs peeing WAY too much when they have clabber, so I don't as a rule give them any. Just the Pyrs outside. Our cats don't seem to care for it.
I do my chicken clabber in a 4 gallon plastic bucket I got from a bakery that once held frosting, so I assume it's food grade. Eh, I don't think the chickens would care much if it wasn't. It's easier for me to carry the bucket with one hand, rather than have to use both hands to carry the stockpot. I dump the clabber into their "treat bowl" and bring the bucket back to the house and wash it out, then fill with more milk and whisk in some more clabber to make a new batch. Once it's all mixed up, I ladle out a pint jar's worth and that's my next batch of starter. I know some people just dump the clabber and pour in new milk and let the residue of the old clabber the new milk, but I used to have a little restaurant, and I have this thing about cleanliness and "residues." So I start clean every time, although I don't think it's at all necessary.
When I get backed up on milk, no room etc and no end in sight, I make chicken cheese, and use the whey for the garden or orchard. That clears the deck pretty fast. Sure it's not the perfect non heated food, but I only have so much room in the fridge, on the counter for jars, etc. The chickens just have to deal. My chickens are in, get house scraps, cheese, and any garden gleanings, scratch and I'm feeding 50 pounds of pellets a month for 18 chickens, and getting 13 - 17 eggs a day all winter. No lights, and I suspect the "chicken cheese" has a lot to do with it
Dogs and kitties get some too. Chickens don't seem to suffer, but my dogs can get a little loose on too much clabber or cheese so I limit them.
I attempt to keep a farm blog at: matronofhusbandry.wordpress.com/ Jory, Guernsey cow, numerous beef cows, and two opinionated Australian Shepherds. RIP Jane, my latest heart cow.
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