feeding lentils?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by arabookworm, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. arabookworm

    arabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have some lentils, which are pretty high in protein, and wanted to know if it is possible to feed them to chickens. do they have to be soaked like beans?
     
  2. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

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    uh oh do beans have to soaked???[​IMG]
     
  3. arabookworm

    arabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats what I heard, but i could be wrong.
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have given lentils to chickens but I cooked them some first. That seemed to be the sensible thing to do but I see that Purdue University says: "Lentils which fail to meet food grade standards (graded #3 or below) can be used as livestock feed because of their high protein content and lack of digestive inhibitors."

    Since the inhibitors were the reasons that I was cooking them, maybe I didn't need to do that. Can't see why it would be necessary to soak them first, either. I know that some BYC'ers sprout lentils for their chickens.

    Steve
     

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