Can Chinchillas Eat Barley?

Barley, a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally.

It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 10,000 years ago.

Barley has been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods.

It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures.

Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.

In 2014, barley was ranked fourth among grains in quantity produced (144 million tonnes) behind corn, rice and wheat (source)

So can chinchillas eat barley?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

We are particularly interested in their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium and phosphorus content as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 1,473 kJ (352 kcal)
77.7 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Dietary fiber 15.6 g
1.2 g
9.9 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 13 μg
160 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.191 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.114 mg
Niacin (B3) (31%) 4.604 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (6%) 0.282 mg
Vitamin B6 (20%) 0.26 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 23 μg
Choline (8%) 37.8 mg
Vitamin C (0%) 0 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Calcium (3%) 29 mg
Iron (19%) 2.5 mg
Magnesium (22%) 79 mg
Manganese (63%) 1.322 mg
Phosphorus (32%) 221 mg
Potassium (6%) 280 mg
Sodium (1%) 9 mg
Zinc (22%) 2.13 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, barley contains a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a hint of calcium, fat and sugar.

This means it is not a good food for chinchillas to eat. It is too acidic for them and may harm them due to its acidity.

A food to avoid feeding them.