LAYER CHICKEN HEALTHIER WITH EM
as narrated by Engr. Michael Manuntag (firstname.lastname@example.org) to Harbest Organix
August 4, 2012, Harbest Main Office
Michael is a professional Electrical Engineer who graduated from Adamson University. At 43 years old, he has accomplished a lot in his profession. From taking charge of the electrical system of oil tankers to the supply ship of oil exploration flatforms in Brazil, Michael has shown to the world the expertise of Filipinos in the field of engineering.
For the past two years, Michael is preparing for his retirement from the sea to the land. He has a five hectare property in Jaro, Leyte which he is developing as a natural farm. Inspired by Ronald Costales of Costales Farm in Majayjay, Laguna, and Keith Mikkelson of the Aloha House fame for EM applications in agriculture, ruminants, cattle, aquaculture and household, Michael started using EM in his start-up poultry layer farm of 100 heads. He gets a month leave every quarter which gives him time to devote to learning and practicing his natural farming technology. He attended the Harbest 6 days intensive training course on high-value farming at the Harbest Training Farm in Jala-jala, Rizal, in which EM applications and vermiculture are further discussed aside from practical knowledge on vegetable and short-term fruits farming.
Michael shares below his EM application to his layers:
He ferments his commercial laying mash with EM activated solution with molasses. He sprays EMAS on the powdered feed to around 30% moisture content and place this in an anaerobic container for ten hours before feeding. This provides the effective microorganism to act as pro-biotic agent for the benefit of his chicken.
EMAS is made by mixing 30cc of EM-1 to 30 grams of molasses to one liter of non-chlorinated water. For volume mixing, one liter EM-1 to one kilo molasses mixed with 28 liters water. Seal tightly in a plastic bottle like a Coke litro, or a 36 liter drum for volume mixing, for one week. In between, release the gas formed during the fermentation process by opening the cap and seal tightly again. For treated water from public waterworks, let the water stay in an open container for 24 hours to oxidize the Chlorine. Chlorine kills microbes. Hence this process.
On the seventh day, the EMAS can be applied on the laying mash as bio-organic inoculant. EMAS can also be diluted 50 times and sprayed on poultry and pig pens as deodorizer. It is quite effective too to remove odors from pets and their pens.
Michael also mixes EM-1 with the poultry drinking water (non-chlorinated) at 1:2,000 dilution. Or around three fillings of the coke bottle cap to one gallon of water.
He has been using this procedure for the past two years and finds these benefits: 1. There is no odor nor houseflies in his small poultry house. 2. The chicken are quite healthy and not prone to sickness. Although still a small operation, Michael is already setting his sight to one day go into big time commercial operation in egg production. Aside from poultry, he is starting with his mushroom experiment and is studying how to use EM for his media. Goat farming is also one of his priority.
Inspired by the Costales Farm, he hope to someday have an agri-tourism farm at Jaro, Leyte, complete with high-value vegetables and fruits as well as a complete line of farm animals and fish.