1. Egg-type pullets from 43 to 127 d of age were fed either a high-protein concentrate (493 g/kg), a protein concentrate (323 g/kg) or a grower diet, together with either whole wheat or whole barley. Further birds received a complete diet and had no choice. 2. Eighty-four point six, 69.5 and 31-4% respectively of the food consumed by the birds which received the high-protein concentrate, protein concentrate or grower diet with wheat consisted of the whole cereal. The corresponding figures for the birds which received barley were 73.9, 41.3 and 10-9% respectively. 3. There were no significant differences in rate of food intake or growth between choice-fed birds receiving whole wheat and the complete diet-fed birds with no choice.