Can chickens eat soybeans?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RooptyDoo, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    I was wondering if anyone knew if chickens can eat soybeans???

  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Since commercial feed is up to 30% soybean meal, we have to assume they can.

    Soybeans contain antinutrients that interfere with digestion. Treating them with heat apparently overcomes this problem.

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yes but they have to be cooked or roasted first.

  4. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Chickens eat ANYTHING! Especially if it's expensive!

  5. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Quote:Some people use soybean from their local mills to raise the % of their feed.Too much though can be hard on their organs. Will
  6. redwa

    redwa Songster

    Aug 9, 2007
    My chickens LOVE soybeans. They fight over them and even remove them from the shell. It's hysterical to watch...
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    and geese and ducks and guineas do too.. my neighbor planted soybeans all around my homestead and the birds took care of the first 10 feet along the property line..LOL
    the woodchucks and deer and rabbits took care of the opposite edge of the field..LOL

    If a chicken can swallow it, it is a meal.. Once when we butchered some chickens, we found a half digested quarter in one chicken.. don't ask me how he swallowed it.. and another time we found 4d nails in some geese's gizzards.. again, don't ask..LOL


  8. antlers

    antlers Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    Soybeans contain something called Trypsin Inhibitor. Trypsin is an enzyme that is secreated by the pancreas of animals that aids in digestion. The inhibitor counter acts that trypsin and recuces the ability to digest foods when in the animals system. High heating of the beans and or oil for human consumption destroys the inhibitors and allows us to eat it.

    That said, I cant for the life of me remember if chickens have a pancrease or not. I know though that wild phesants and ducks and geese FEAST on beans on their fall migrations. Upshot? Feed em as is but in moderation to fowl. NOT to hogs or goats or cows though...
  9. sugar creek far

    sugar creek far Hatching

    Mar 9, 2014
    Chickens cannot eat soybeans unless they are processed. In fact, if you fed your chickens nothing but dried soybeans, they would starve to death. This is due to the presence of trypsin inhibitors in the soybeans. soybean meal has been chemically treated to destroy the enhibitor. you can heat the soybeans by boiling in water or cook at hight heat in the oven and then they are consumable and quite high in protein. I get free soybeans from a local tempeh maker. i boil them in water for a 10 minutes and then let them sit till they cool. then i feed

  10. Spangled

    Spangled Songster

    Jan 12, 2012
    Serenity Valley
    Hmmm. So you don't think that making tempeh is enough of a "processing" to make them edible for the chickens? A friend tells me that if the soybean is "fermented" as in the making of tempeh that it removes the trypsin inhibitors. I haven't a clue and am truly curious about what you think. I don't even know what happens when tempeh is made, never even eaten tempeh ... I don't think. [​IMG]

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