Brewer's Grain?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Arztwolf, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. Arztwolf

    Arztwolf Songster

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    The person I got my Guinea Fowl from raves about how his birds (everything from chickens to peafowl) thrive on Brewer's Grain.

    Is this stuff safe for birds?
    Healthy?
    What supplements would you need to feed along side it?
     
  2. dawnmt70

    dawnmt70 Chirping

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    I know it runs around 30% protein and if it isn't dried it can spoil quite quickly. Not meant as a primary source of feed for chickens but more of a treat. I need to do more research on it myself. Definitely following this thread!
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Farmers have used spent grains for years. As far as how much nutrient is left, I really can't say. My understanding is that there is a lot of protein left, but the carbohydrates have been removed. So, there wouldn't be a lot of calories. When I have access to it, I use it as a supplement, giving them less than 25% by volume, making up the remainder with fermented layer pellets. The birds love it, but you have to either thoroughly dry it, or in my case, freeze it, and thaw out what you want to use before using it. It might be a nice option to offer it frozen during heat waves in the summer.
     
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