How long do you toast beans for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Skip, May 1, 2009.

  1. Skip

    Skip Songster

    I have some homegrown beans that I'd like to toast for my chickens. How long and at what heat? Quick response, please!
  2. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    I'd just cook them like you would for yourself. Not sure about toasting them, if that would neutralize the toxins.
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    this site is very good to learn how and what to feed chickens the answer to your question is boil 5 minutes you can red this at

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    4) Preparing Soybeans
    When hens stop laying in the Fall, many just attribute it to a natural slow-down that cannot be avoided. But we've found that the simple addition of boiled soybeans to their diet restored cold-weather laying to full capacity throughout the entire Winter. This may be due to the fact that as the weather cools, insects disappear, so the hens' protein is not being well-supplied. Soybeans provide this protein. Furthermore, soybeans perfectly complement the large amount of grains that the hens consume, making a complete protein in the diet. About 10 hens will eat around 2/3rds of a cup of prepared soybeans per day.

    (1) Soak dried soybeans (start with perhaps 2 cups of dried beans for 10 hens) overnight in several times their depth of water.

    (2) Next day, bring to full boil (in the soaking water, to save vitamins), then slow boil for 15 minutes with cover on loosely.

    (3) Dump beans into a strainer to cool.

    (4) When cool, put into refrigerator.

    This makes enough for a few days of feeding. Either scatter in front of birds, or give in a dish and let them chow down.
    We like to give a "catered" protein feed every few days that our chickens love. It is a special time to talk to the gals and build that rapport that makes for fun farming. We mix boiled soybeans with a few sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, some dry instant oats, and a bit of milk. Use about 1 cup of this special feed per fifteen hens for a protein and "TLC" addition to your gals' lives.

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