Every now and then something happens in your life that is a pivotal moment. This is about that moment.
Over 20 years ago, I was providing maintenance to several campgrounds on Vancouver Island and the mainland. One of the jobs that was ever so present every spring was cleaning out the pit toilets, no not the inside, the actual pit!
Long story short, the pumper trucks could not get the stuff out so I would have to crawl down in there and shovel it into a 5 gallon bucket and lift it out over my head to be dumped. UGH!!!!! There was never any doubt that this was the last thing I wanted to be doing. I tried every single thing I could get my hands on at that time. I tried enzymes, powders, concoctions; everything guaranteed to work!!!! You know the drill.
One day while on the ferry I was eavesdropping and listening to this guy who was telling another guy about this stuff they added to a lake and aerated it and in one year they alleviated 18 inches of sludge from the bottom, and that the lake could now support life. I wasn’t thinking fish, or watershed health, I was thinking about my toilets. So of course, I stepped up and asked how do I get this stuff. I had no idea about beneficial bacteria, nor was I interested, I just wanted something to work in the toilets.
Next thing you know I am buying heaters, air stones, pumps, and activating XLG from Bacta-Pur. Poured the stuff in the pit toilets, added water and left. Came back late the next day, looked down the toilet and the stuff looked like it was in a full rolling boil. OMG! What have I done? The ribbing I was taking from my staff was relentless. Turns out the XLG aided in making conditions just right for this huge hatch of larvae and that was what was giving the appearance of the rolling boil. This phenomenon was happening in all the toilets I put the XLG into. I called the pumper truck and he came the next day and I couldn’t believe it. I was seeing the bottom of the toilet! I almost fell in I was so shocked. Up to this point I had never seen the bottoms of the toilets look like that – clean as a whistle.
I know, I know you are wondering “what the H does this have to do with chickens?” I am getting there.
For the next 5 years, I used XLG faithfully on the toilets. Never questioned it, never really understood it. It worked. End of story. No odour, no buildup, pumping only once a year instead of 3 times a year. One day, things went really wrong and I couldn’t get the activated XLG out to the sites so I dumped it on my lawn. Three days later you could see where I dumped it. The grass was much greener and had grown more than the surrounding area. Still didn’t get it, but now I am using it for everything, and it is working. So now I think maybe it’s not safe, how can something do all of this and be safe. Too good to be true. Another long story short, to satisfy myself I bought an aquarium and set it up with goldfish and used XLG in the tank.
Eventually, I had no water in my tank it was straight activated XLG and the fish flourished. I bought Angels as they are sensitive, they flourished. so about now I am thinking how can this be. Everywhere you look it is antibacterial this and antibacterial that. There is never a moment when you are not being informed about the dangers of bacteria. So here I am at the 10-year mark and slowly getting it. Slowly understanding that beneficial bacteria is good. Still, I really have no idea.
Being very focused on results made me love the product. NO matter what I could count on it to work. Now rolling along we are entering the time frame where there are the beginnings of rumblings about good bacteria and in some health food stores, you could find beneficial blends for human consumption. It never even entered my mind that we need bacteria to be healthy. Another journey of learning.
So now we are getting to the chicken story.
Four years ago (2010) I found by accident this website Biosa Inc. I then found myself some Vita Biosa. I knew nothing about the company, and “trust no one” is my motto, hence the aquarium experiment with the XLG. Of course, by now, I have been taking probiotics for my health and could never really tell you if I was getting any benefits. I was taking it because it was supposed to be good for me. Here I am with a bottle of Vita Biosa. My meat bird chicks are arriving the next day. You guessed it, another experiment!!! I always raise 100 meat birds at a time. I always use 50 bags of feed. I always have the ratio of 40 % of the birds are 5-8 lbs and 60 % are 4-5 lbs. I always buy unsexed. So here I am adding 15 ml of Vita Biosa to every 5 gallons of water for my meat birds.
The test has begun. I never lost a bird, but I have had other years where I did not lose a bird either. It takes about 5-6 weeks before they are really pooping and eating lots. My coop smelled better. From week 7-8 instead of cleaning it out every 2-3 days I was able to clean it out every 4-5 days. Okay, so now it is the end of week 8 and we are off the slaughterhouse. I have 12.5 bags of feed left. All the way there I am worrying. OMG what have I done!
Sound familiar right. I am holding my breath as we pick up the processed birds. They look alright. Not a s scrawny as I was expecting for having 12.5 bags of feed left over. In the truck on the drive home, I am calculating the weights. I do it twice . I can’t believe this!!! My ratio is reversed. I have 60% of my birds are 5-8 lbs and 40% are 4-5 lbs. We are dropping off the birds to our customers on our way home. Once home, I decide to cook one of these guys. I start to cut it up and there is no smell. I mean none!! It doesn’t smell like chicken. There is no detectable odour and I have my nose right on it. do I trust myself no I run over to the neighbours with this chunk of chicken and have them smell it. Besides looking at me like I just fell off the turnip truck they have to admit they do not smell a thing either. I go home and am in a state because all my chicken is ruined and all my customers will be upset.
I resign myself to cooking this chicken. Normally I love chicken, but I wasn’t looking forward to finding out what a disaster this was. I skinned the breast and put it in a plastic container in the fridge. I cut up the rest and shake and baked it. 45 minutes later I open the oven door and there is no oil in the pan. I mean none, I am used to 3/8 inch of oil, at least.
Alright, there was a bit of shiny stuff in 2 small areas on the pan, but that is it. Jim is thinking this is good maybe we can throw out all the chicken. (he doesn’t really like chicken) I give him the leg.
He takes a bite and another, and another. My curiosity is killing me. WELL!!! Best Chicken you have ever done he mumbles between bites. Okay, so now I try it. I have to agree. I run over to the phone and start calling all my customers telling them to cook a chicken and get back to me. Tell me what they think!
Over the next 3 days the calls were coming in. Don’t know how you did it. These chickens are the best yet and you have always had the best chicken. What the H did you do? Meanwhile, the breast meat is still in the fridge. Still no odour, no liquid in the plastic container, no slime , nothing!
Day 8 still nothing. Cooked and ate it day 17 or 19th. Now I am on the phone to Biosa Inc. I tell him that I can see, taste, and smell what happened but I do not understand it. Enter Bacteria 101—I am informed that meat has a smell because what we are smelling is the decomp. As a culture, we are used to meat having a smell. My chickens are filled right down to every last cell with healthy beneficial bacteria because I fed them the Vita Biosa for their lifespan, which means no decomp happens until the beneficial bacteria start to die. You can tell when cells start to die, I am informed, because your meat gives off liquid, hence why stores use the absorbent pad under all your meat. HMMM….so that explains why my chicken breast did not give off any liquid. I am also informed about all the studies etc. So I start researching and learning. I think, this might just be a fluke. So I put my dogs on it.
Our Great Pyrenees since we got him had digestion troubles, gas, and explosive poops. We tried all different foods. 3 days and his gas and explosive poops were gone! I immediately quit giving him the Vita Biosa. A few days and his gas and explosive poops were back. Back on the Vita Biosa. No more gas and explosive poops. I started the horses on it. Couldn’t afford to feed 125 ml to each horse each day, so I learned how to make Animal Biosa from Biosa Inc. Within 3 months the differences I was noticing in the animals was amazing. Shiny healthy coats. Before my animals were healthy, I fed good food, regular vet checkups, exercise, etc. and they did not look like this! No dog odour, no bad breath, no tarter, nervousness gone. The horses: the change was incredible! Amazing increase in endurance, better coat, no more runny eye on the one horse. So about now, I give it to Jim. 3 days later, he has quit soaking his hands to ease the stiffness. Here is this big non-believer, getting his “jungle juice” every morning. So I start taking it. As I run into people they start taking it. Everyone is telling me all these fantastic things that are happening to them. If I hadn’t seen what it did do for my chickens, I would have quit taking it. I wasn’t feeling any big WOW. Jim pointed out how well I was sleeping and I had to admit it was good. I couldn’t even read at night as soon as my head hit the pillow I was out and I was sleeping all through the night. So okay, maybe it was doing something.
A year prior to taking the Vita Biosa, I had 3 major surgeries within a 6 month period. A knee replacement that went wrong. Another story for my blog. Having all the anesthetic, antibiotics etc. that are given with major surgeries whether you need them or not, had devastating effects on my health. I had ended up with lactose intolerance, huge digestion issues, and ulcerative colitis. I never related this to the fact that these procedures and treatment killed off my good bacteria.
So here we are 2014 and I am so happy to report that I no longer have lactose intolerance, digestion issues or ulcerative colitis. I am always getting compliments on my skin and when you are well over 50 this is awesome. I have learned so much more about healthy beneficial bacteria, that sometimes it makes my head spin. I cannot believe that these microbes are not worshiped. Without them, there would be no life! I do not expect you to believe me, but I hope this inspires you to find out for yourself. Do your own experiments.