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feeding Barley to chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 1eyejer, May 21, 2010.

  1. 1eyejer

    1eyejer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know if Barley is ok for chickens
     
  2. dawnjerrene

    dawnjerrene Out Of The Brooder

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    I have fed our birds barley before, without any ill effects. It was pearled barley, not with the hull/chaff, but they seemed to enjoy it, and didn't get sick from it. Hope that helps some. [​IMG]

    Dawn
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Barley is not all that good for poultry used to produce eggs a far better grain would be Wheat..

    This is a Quote from--
    POULTRY FOODS AND FEEDING By DUNCAN FORBES LAURIE on Barley and Wheat.

    Barley- is generally lower in protein than wheat,
    but the starch content is about equal to that of an average
    soft wheat. The fat content is low, and there is, in most
    samples, a high percentage of fibre, which is indigestible
    and of little food value to poultry. Wheat and rye
    kernels have smooth, thin skins, or outer coats, but
    barley kernels are enclosed in hard fibrous sheaths mainly cellulose..
    As regards cost barley is a cheap food in most countries.
    It is not a good egg-producing food, but is largely used
    in fatting poultry. It may be given as a change of
    food, and with advantage in cold weather. The mineral
    content is low and, as in other cereals, is acid.

    Wheat.—I have always regarded wheat as the best
    staple grain food for poultry. In many countries maize
    (com), rye, oats, and barley are chiefly used, as they
    are often cheaper than wheat. The value of wheat,
    however, is now more generally recognised, and, where
    egg production is the main object, it is undoubtedly of
    first importance.


    Chris
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2010
  4. BlaDren

    BlaDren New Egg

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    I am currently giving my chickens barley and mixing it with chicken feed. I am getting the left over barley from creating beer. Its just a bi product that I don't feel should be wasted.
     
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