ok to feed spent grain from brewing beer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by margaritamama, May 9, 2011.

  1. terimay

    terimay Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    I work at a brewery and bring home spent grain for my girls, THEY GO CRAZY OVER IT. I have to ration it because they will eat too much and get runny poop. To keep it from souring, I just separate it into smaller containers and freeze it, when one container is almost gone I put one from the freezer into the fridge to thaw. My girls come running when they hear the container open, It is their favorite treat...It is also good for the compost if it does sour, your not wasting it if you throw it into the compost pile. I have also heard it is great to toss it right onto the garden, but I have not had any left over to try that, the girls gobble it right down.

    The brewery I work for donates their spent grain to a local farmer for his pigs, one of the brewers takes some for his Chickens and I take some for mine. If you have a local brewery, you should ask them about it, if their not donating it, it will end up in the land fill when it could be making your chickens very happy. I am sure they will be very happy to give it to you if they are not giving it to someone already.
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  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I get it by the truckload from a nearby brewery and feed it to my chickens and goats. It's very high protein.
  3. dakotasnake

    dakotasnake Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    the fact is that grains that have there starch coverted to fermitable sugar have a higher protein to weight ratio than non fermited grain. it is fine to feed for any livestock.
  4. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    The Okanagan
    That's really interesting. I never thought of it, I might have to go calling at a couple of the local microbreweries.
  5. kcwazzu

    kcwazzu Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    Auburn, WA
    Good to know. Looks like I need to start brewing again. [​IMG]
  6. mdguffey

    mdguffey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2011
    La Salle, Colorado
    my question is if it is nutritional as normal feed, like scratch, or laying mix??
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    More so. And the probios in fermented feeds will also increase the nutritional absorption of all their feed due to increased bowel health and performance.
  8. mdguffey

    mdguffey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2011
    La Salle, Colorado
    would the spent grain be as good/better than the laying blend?? just wondering cause i get the spent grain free, just have to dry it
  9. dirtbath

    dirtbath Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2009
    North Carolina
    If you need to get rid of some old beer, I know my fridge is always open to that, loL!
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  10. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    I think it would be o.k. Treat it like a scratch grain.

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