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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SparksNV, Aug 20, 2010.
Got some frozen, can I give them to my chickens? Great source of protein. Thanks!
Soybeans have some compounds called "anti-nutrients" that interfere with digestion.
Soy in commercial feed is heat-treated, partly to neutralize the anti-nutrients. Apparently, it doesn't take a lot of heat and cooking.
I'd bet that since edamame is harvested green, the beans have less of these anti-nutrients but, don't really know. I would cook them a little and give them to the birds
. . . well actually, I'd eat them myself .
YUCK!!!! I hate the taste of that stuff!!! I do eat the fermented soy products on occasion though.
Personally, I would not give it to my flock.
Google "soy dangers", and then make your own choice.
I think they would be fine cooked and all of that.
I personally don't like them and I am a bean sorta freak. They have a "twang" I don't care for.
Nearly half of the soybean meal produced in the US is fed to poultry. Soybean Meal Use
Poultry feed is commonly formulated with about 20% to 30%, or higher, of soybean meal. Poultry Diets, University of Florida
Perhaps, I should not have expressed a personal preference because the question was in regard to what chickens eat. The responses went immediately to personal taste. However, taste is subjective.
This "subject" grows soybeans in his own garden for use as Edamame.
They can have COOKED soybeans in moderation
Quote:I agree with beachchickie, I also feed my flock cooked soybeans, also in moderation and they seem to enjoy them and have not had any health problems with any of my chickens.
Thanks for the input!