can soybeans be fed to chickens?

chicken garden lady

Chirping
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Just wondering if soybeans can be fed to my chickens. I noticed the nearby field has alot of missed soybeans after their harvest. Also if chickens can eat them, do I need to worry about genetically engineered seed? Most of the farmers around here don't plow before seeding.
 

coq au vin

Chirping
9 Years
Sep 9, 2010
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This is from the pamphlet "Pastured Poultry Nutrition", available from attra.org

"Raw soybeans should not be fed to poultry. When feeding soybeans to poultry, soybeans must be heat-treated to destroy a trypsin inhibitor that disrupts digestion. The presence of the trypsin inhibitors will also cause an enlarged pancreas (a 50-100% increase). The side affects will occur at inclusion levels as low as 5%."
 

sjh

Songster
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Apr 23, 2009
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Absolute complete nonsense. What do you think free range chickens eat. I guess my chicken should be all dead. I feed them whole corn and sorgum.
 

powerline

In the Brooder
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Nov 16, 2008
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According to the Mississippi State University School of Agriculture, chickens should have a diet full of corn and soybean.
 

Chickie'sMoma

Songster
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Mar 21, 2009
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raw soybeans are not edible. and like someone said they need to be heat treated before being edible to any animal. and i would still be cautious feeding soybeans to animals because they affect the hormones in both humans and animals-mostly due to the way we process them to get their 'beneficial' properties . many people are now allergic to the use of soybeans in food and around other foods.
 

Organics North

Songster
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Dec 30, 2009
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Soy beans should be heat treated or expelled prior to using as a food.

Yes soybeans and corn are the backbone of the american diet (Both people and animals)

I personally avoid Soybeans in my families diet, so that means I avoid them in my livestocks diet. (It can be a real challenge virtually 100% of processed foods contain corn, soy or both...)

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MANNA-PRO

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