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Chicken feed from used barley from beer crafting?

 
Shelly Tomtschik
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I have a friend who home brews quite a bit and her compost pile is getting out of control with spent barley. We have chickens, and know that barley has protein, so the last time we were there we took home a bucket full. Our chickens love it, and we have given them a small scoop-full as a treat along with their commercial feed and our kitchen scraps. My friend is hoping to make this a more permanent arrangement with us taking her spent barley, because she goes through so much. I read a few articles on making our own chicken feed and they all contain raw ingredients. I'm wondering if this roasted, soaked (read: wet) barley is something that can be made into chicken feed. We have a smallish yard (about 1/5 acre including our home) so growing a lot of other types of feed to go with this is not an option, though we'd consider buying other things to mix with it. Thoughts?
 
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You are quite fortunate. After you read this article, I'm sure you will think of a lot more uses for your friend's spent grains.
 
Shelly Tomtschik
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Great article. That does give me more ideas for the grains. We'll be making some bread too!
 
Lance Wildwood
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There's a few really small micro-breweries around here and they using spent grains, by innoculating it with tempeh starter and feeding that to livestock of all sorts!
Alas no websites as of yet...
 
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