Boiled Soybeans work to keep Hens laying come Fall?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Greg Richardson, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Greg Richardson

    Greg Richardson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Preparing Soybeans

    When hens stop laying in the Fall, many just attribute it to a natural slow-down that cannot be avoided. But we've found that the simple addition of boiled soybeans to their diet restored cold-weather laying to full capacity throughout the entire Winter. This may be due to the fact that as the weather cools, insects disappear, so the hens' protein is not being well-supplied. Soybeans provide this protein. Furthermore, soybeans perfectly complement the large amount of grains that the hens consume, making a complete protein in the diet. About 10 hens will eat around 2/3rds of a cup of prepared soybeans per day.

    (1) Soak dried soybeans (start with perhaps 2 cups of dried beans for 10 hens) overnight in several times their depth of water.

    (2) Next day, bring to full boil (in the soaking water, to save vitamins), then slow boil for 15 minutes with cover on loosely.

    (3) Dump beans into a strainer to cool.

    (4) When cool, put into refrigerator.

    This makes enough for a few days of feeding. Either scatter in front of birds, or give in a dish and let them chow down.
    We like to give a "catered" protein feed every few days that our chickens love. It is a special time to talk to the gals and build that rapport that makes for fun farming. We mix boiled soybeans with a few sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, some dry instant oats, and a bit of milk. Use about 1 cup of this special feed per fifteen hens for a protein and "TLC" addition to your gals' lives.

    NOTE: The trypsin in all beans is toxic to the lining of the birds' intestines. It can scar their intestines, making them less able to absorb their food. Any beans fed to chickens need to be at 180 degrees for 15 minutes to destroy the trypsin . Keeping the soybeans at or above 180 degress F for 15 minutes destroys the trypsin. The best way to do this is by boiling.

    Soybeans can also be dry-roasted (no soaking), at around 250 degrees. But this is more cumbersome and less certain of destroying the trypsin, as the beans in the oven must be continually turned to insure that all the beans are reaching the 180-degree temperature.
  2. Greg Richardson

    Greg Richardson Chillin' With My Peeps

    No one has done this? Experiment with it?
  3. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I prepared pinto beans with rice the same way when I ran out of feed once. [​IMG]
  4. flymamma

    flymamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Would the frozen edamame work ? I know that in humans soy products in general helps with estrogen production [at least that is what the lady at my local natural food market told me ] , maybe that is why it helps keep them laying ....
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Quote:Extra estrogen-like products can also backfire too. Most reproductive cancers feed off of estrogen. So soy can be a double edged sword...everything in moderation is good.
  6. 4 Love of Baby Chickens

    4 Love of Baby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I must try this out. My hens have been slackers for the past week. Maybe I can get up to 15 eggs a day if I do this.
  7. Bebe Brett

    Bebe Brett Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2009
    I keep my hens laying by lengthening the daylight with a light on a timer. I was told that hens need 14 hours of light in order to keep laying. It seemed to work for me.
  8. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    can i use any bean? just prepared like you stated? i have so many dried beans i could puke! would love to give my "oh, i think i will stop laying hens!!!"
  9. jnkir7

    jnkir7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    jonesboro arkansas
    where can i get soybeans
  10. GwenDellAnno

    GwenDellAnno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2009
    Water Valley, AB
    I got some at the bulk food store. Can they be found at a feed store?? (Probably less expensive?)

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