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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by plynneb, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. plynneb

    plynneb Chirping

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    I have some black beans and black eyes peas I want to soak and offer to the chickens. Any reason not too?
     

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    Beans have a a inhibitor that is considered slightly toxic that is destroyed by cooking. Beans like soybeans are roasted first before they are ground to use in feeds. A few beans won't kill them. Mine are let in the garden after the last harvest with many left over beans around and survived that.. If you are feeding a lot cook them first
     
  3. plynneb

    plynneb Chirping

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    Thank you for the feedback [​IMG]
     
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  5. ShanandGem

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    I make a mash out of mixed beans, a little fish, some spinach and corn. I soak the beans all day and then cook them thoroughly. They love it, they are packed with protein and are not expensive.
     
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  6. plynneb

    plynneb Chirping

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    Thanks for the tip, I may give that a try.
     
  7. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Songster

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    I also add a tbsp. of cod liver oil or a single vitamin A/D pill, just to keep the appropriate nutrient balance. That would be into a pretty large pot of beans though. Probably two gallons or more.
     
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