Chevalier Barley

Has Chevalier barley more value to feed hens for egg production than

common feed barley or wheat?

Chevalier barley is no better for chicken feed than any other barley

which is equally large and plump. Brewers like Chevalier because of its

fullness of starch to support the malting process; also, because it is

bright, that is, white, and not stained or tinged with bluish or reddish

colors. Color points do not count for chicken feed, but good plump

kernels do. Besides this, however, darker kernel (not chaff) usually

indicates more protein, and therefore a darker kernel of either wheat or

barley might be more valuable for feeding. A hard, horny kernel is

richer than a softer, more starchy one, either in wheat or barley.

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