Wife and I recently found a large stretch of elderberry plants near our home and picked two 5-gallon buckets full. She's using some for a tincture (see this month's copy of "The Herb Quarterly"). I'm using the rest to make some elderberry jelly (http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/surejell-elderberry-jelly-60866.aspx). While the semi-cooked goo is in jelly bags draining I was wondering if it is safe to feed the leftover mash to the chickens. I know people aren't supposed to eat them raw in large quantities but wasn't sure if the chickens can handle them. After all, the wild birds in the area seem to love them. And, they are semi-cooked with the juices drained off for the jelly. I've got two jelly bags full of mash. Edit - Forgot to add, these are laying hens.