Cowpeas for hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GardenWeasel, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting ready to harvest a few rows of cowpeas which I would like to dehyrate and add to winter scratch. Lately I have been reading about some type of inhibitors and heat treating before use but can't really get a good answer. Do I have to boil or roast them first?
     
  2. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody out there feed dry peas?
     
  3. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    20% of my mix is field peas. Peas are nutritionally great, and really compliment grains.

    I do not know cow peas? My field peas are bitter tasting. I thought I was going to feed them whole or sprouted. The chickens picked around them. I know grind them and the chickens eat them..[​IMG]
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  4. GardenWeasel

    GardenWeasel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I can clarify. Just moved south and lots of people grow black-eyed peas and purple hull peas. I grew them last year and they did so well with no pests I wanted to try them for the hens. I cooked them for us and gave leftovers to the chickens but they have an abundant amount of treats in the summer so I was hoping I could dry them for when treats bacome more expensive.
     
  5. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds great.. Dry them for later use...
    Maybe some one from your neck of the woods can chime in on those specific peas.
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  6. mickistoy

    mickistoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when i first read title i thought it said "COWpies" for hens! [​IMG]
     
  7. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Picked black-eyed peas yesterday and fed then to the chickens...they loved them.

    I'm always looking for cheap feed for them plus growing the legumes adds nitrogen to my soil. I have some White Whipperwill (cowpeas) coming along and some Navy Peas as well as Scarlet Runner Beans...now sure about this one.
     

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