Edamame (soybeans in the pod) OK for chickens to eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SparksNV, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got some frozen, can I give them to my chickens? Great source of protein. Thanks!
     
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  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  3. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

    Steve [​IMG]
     
  6. beachchickie

    beachchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can have COOKED soybeans in moderation
     
  7. chicksbestfriend

    chicksbestfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
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  8. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input!
     

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