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green beans, blackeyed peas???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tad, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Tad

    Tad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    South TX on the border
    setting out all the garden stuff this last week and am wondering if FRESH not dried green beans and blackeyed peas are ok to feed?
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Fresh are great, although I find my chickens prefer their green beans parboiled unless they're real small.

    Dried, i.e. the dried bean seeds like you would plant or make soup out of, should probably be boiled a while first to be safe -- they contain varying amounts of toxins and anti-nutritional factors that in excessive amounts (which varies among types of beans - red kidney beans are the worst) can cause problems. Although, pea-type legumes fed dry/raw in modest amounts don't seem to actually be a problem in most cases.

    Have fun,

  3. Tad

    Tad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    South TX on the border
    this is not going to make up a large part of the ration or anything, just the culls, we put up 32 feet of trellis today for the pole beans!!
  4. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    I feed my chickens canned corn and peas, but they HATE green beans. Will eat them if there is nothing else, but they give me the stink eye and act as if I am trying to poison them.

    They also hate celery, raw or cooked. [​IMG]


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