feeding chickens spent brewing grains

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by eggface, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. eggface

    eggface Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings,
    Any home brewers out there who have experience feeding their chickens the spent grains after brewing? I'm generating about 20+ lbs of malt and barley grains today and want to feed it to my small flock of 6 birds. You think I need to let it dry out a little? or just throw it in and let them have at it? Probably not going to keep well since its so wet and prone to mold etc, so I'm inclined to feed them it ASAP. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I don't know your answer. I suppose if it's edible, feed it before it spoils.
     
  3. eggface

    eggface Out Of The Brooder

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    I threw a big tray of it in their run once it cooled a bit and they gobbled it up. Don't know what I'll do with all 20 lbs of it though, guess I need more chickens.
     
  4. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Freeze it in gallon containers. Thaw as needed or wanted.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  6. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed it to my birds. My neighbors and I can pick it up several tons at a time from a brewery nearby for nothing but the cost of gas to get there. We give them as much as they will eat. It's a good high protein feed, but if they are brewing different things, the content varies quite a bit, it seems. So it is between 15-30% protein usually, from our brewery. The downside is that it spoils fast (only an issue if you have huge amounts of it at a time like I do, but it makes wonderful compost too), attracts flies, and if you feed it wet in large portions, the birds will have really runny poop. We're happy with it though, it cuts down feed costs when we can get it.
     
  7. Xtina

    Xtina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, they love it. Love. It.
     
  8. Kevin Freeheart

    Kevin Freeheart New Egg

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    Lots of people on my homebrew forum feed their chickens (and other livestock) spent grains after their all-grain batches.
     
  9. remadl700

    remadl700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They love grains.. no issues unless they have mold on them which doesn't take long after brewing if they are left in a garbage can.
     
  10. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The local brewery sends the spent grains out to the ranch they get the beef for their restaurant from. Yummy beer and beef!
     

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