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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Oklahoma Lightning, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    We live near a grain port. When the grain trucks leave the port, they clean out their trailer and there small pile of grain. Today I got several Walmart sack of grain. There was wheat,soy, pop corn and a corn soy meal.
    Here's my question how would the feed these grains to my hens>
    Do I cook the corn or soak it? I think the wheat would be fine as is but what about the soy?
    These are hens that are laying now

  2. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    I don't have any experience with soy but the corn would be great for scratch grains. I feed my birds corn on the side as free choice. They're good about eating regular feed during the day and want the corn at dusk. Corn is supposed to help generate body heat and it's 9 degrees tonight in KY. Maybe do a google search for soy grains related to poultry if you don't get answers here.

    Hope this helps!
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    The soy would be the only grain that needs cook.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I give very little scratch from May to September.
  5. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    where is this grain port? ooohhhhh, please be in Los Angeles......
  6. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    Thank you all for your help.
    Another question for you anyone know any place to buy life chicks near Eastner Ok
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


    I have fed my chickens soybeans just thawed. I chopped up the tough shell though. (I accidently bought whole edamame instead of snap peas) & I usually pop the popcorn before I give it to the chickens, but don't know why.


  8. luvmygirlsinAK

    luvmygirlsinAK Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    North Pole, Ak
    Soy is known to give too much estrogen and burns out any farm animal that is producing milk or eggs, very quickly. I would highly recommend that you study that one out very carefully. It is not recommended for humans or animals. Many, many articles about it on the internet. A lot of people will not buy layer pellets that have soybean in it. Google and then make your decision based upon what you find, using the intelligence God gave you.
  9. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    you can feed all grains to chickens as is,,,ie. raw and uncooked.

    keep an eye on your layers, though.
    too much scratch feed might make them cut back on egg production.

    I have heard that soybeans were not good for animals.. that did not stop my geese, turkeys, guineas, ducks and chickens and the wild deer and woodchucks from sneaking into the bean field whenever they could.. i did not find a single dead body either...
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:Better check info on soy, you can feed them rocks too, but they wont get much from them either,about the same.

    You can eat raw meat, but better for you if cooked.

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