chickens and soybeans.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by duluthralphie, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I stumbled upon several threads saying soybeans were poisonous to chickens. I am wondering if anyone feeds soybeans to their chickens and what quantity.

    When I was a kid our chickens ate soybeans that spilled in the yard and under the elevators/dryers. Now admittedly this was only for a short 2-3 week period and our chickens never had any side effects that we noticed.
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Perhaps they mean raw soybeans? Plenty of chook feeds contain processed and heat treated soymeal, soy, etc, but none raw soy, that I know of.

    Soy is toxic unless fermented. But it's far less toxic cooked than raw.
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    This site has a pretty straightforward readup on verified facts about soy; I know they're verified facts because I've read the sources their info came from, they're the resident authorities on the subject in terms of toxicology and nutrition science.

    Some of this info is decades old but none of it has been debunked, it's still current scientifically validated information on soy:
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  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I wonder why ours never got sick, maybe the short duration did not allow toxin build up.

    Are pheasant exempt from this, you always find pheasants in bean fields?
     
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  4. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    the link
    www.wereyouwondering.com%2Fdid-you-know-that-raw-soybeans-are-toxic

    Is suspect to me. There seems to be an anti soybean bias to it. I thought it interesting to start, but as it went on it became a rant against processed food manufacturers and labeling info.

    I am not doubting the compound listed are toxic, but the level and quantity is not mentioned. I am willing to bet an ingredient or two in milk is toxic at some level.
     
  5. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I found this after looking at the link you posted.

    http://www.extension.org/pages/67352/feeding-soybean-to-poultry#.VCbEycItBdc

    From it:

    " Soybeans can be fed to poultry whole or as soybean meal, a by-product of oil extraction. Oil can be extracted from soybeans by the application of pressure, which is referred to as expeller or mechanical extraction, or by solvent extraction. Most commercial feeds use solvent-extracted soybean meal. Only mechanically extracted soybean meal can be used in organic poultry diets.
    Soybean meal has a high protein content, especially when compared to other plant protein sources. Soybean meal also has an excellent amino acid profile that complements that of corn, the primary energy source in poultry diets."


    This is from the University to Minnesota.

    I am not disagreeing with you, I am just trying to figure it all out.
     
  6. duluthralphie

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    How about soybean sprouts/ growing fodder?
     
  8. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Good question....

    Let's see what we can find on that...

    Just so everyone knows when I start these threads I like others input and I use the thread to keep my findings to help me make decisions. Just because I ask it or post a link does not mean I agree or disagree with it, I am in the gathering information stage.
     
  9. chooks4life

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    Soybean fields, specifically? Or just any legume fields?

    There's many cultivars of soy, they have differing properties. Do you actually see the pheasants eat the soy?

     
  10. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I am tending to agree with your last sentence for sure, as to whether I will feed them or not, I am not sure yet.

    I have shot pheasants with soybean in their crop.

    BUT when you read up on what is found in crops, it proves birds eat anything.


    I have a habit of giving more weight to what university research says, however, I am not naïve and know that many times the "results" are not real but just phantoms that will give the university department or researcher the best shot at more government grant money to further study it.
     
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