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    Wheat and Oats will be fine but Barley should be limited. Chickens don't have the Enzyme to fully digest the grain.

    Barley Grain will help to keep your chickens warm over night, but not add much nutrition . Once sprouted, I would think that the barley grain will have changed its structure to more accessible sugars, and the sprouts will be loved by the chickens.

    You could try peas and pulses

    Just make sure you do not allow any mould.
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    ^Thanks. Something else to add to the seed list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Well, SP, its a sort of Challenge, but only of interest to poultry keepers or maybe, those who want to grow bird seed?
    I've read that some people grow wheat grass in trays for their chooks so that they have fresh greens to eat, so, whatever stage its at, it seems to be chook fodder.
    I've never grown wheat so don't know anything about when to sow/harvest etc.
    All ideas welcome.
    As wheat farmers seem to use tractors, I think you need a tractor first!
    Or a couple of Shire Horses.
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    the best thing that I've grown - unintentionally - was raw oats i.e not hulled. The hens did not eat them anyway and the oats germinated like crazy. We hoed them off and they just came back so we covered them with cardboard..that saw them off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Snadger is on the right track. spent Malting are really good for livestock. the Malting process - soaking and heat converts the starch to sugars, then it is heated and sent to the distillery. They them mash it etc and the Draft (waste grain) is sent for livestock feed. All good stuff.
    I think the answer is to grow grain, brew beer with it and feed the remnants to the chickens

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