Hi, I just signed up to this forum because I have some questions about nutrition. We're going to be rescuing seven ex-battery hens in august, and we've been discussing what to feed them. We're moving house in july to the countryside, and we have an area already marked out for them in our heads. So they'll have a fairly large plot of land to forage on. There is a local distillery which makes malt whisky, and we're hoping to get some of the barley Draff (http://www.feedipedia.org/node/4266) for free, every week or so. According to feedipedia barley draff is about 60% fibre and 17-23% protein. But low in minerals. If we can dry it out somehow, and mix it with crushed shells from the beach, table scraps, and occasionaly some seaweed which has been soaked and dried out, would this be a good feed? The protein content seem pretty good, but the fibre is very high and I'm worried that it may hurt the chickens in some way. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.