organic soy free layer feed vs soy layer feed? Why?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Yardfarm Family, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Yardfarm Family

    Yardfarm Family Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, does anyone know why soy is not desired in feed. I understand that regular feed is probably chock full with GMOs' but not organic so whats the worry?
     
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Well, I wouldn't take that as fact, it's not necessarily undesirable, but some folks have concerns about phytoestrogens in soy that mimic human estrogen. There are also arguments that can be made against monocropping and for diversifying the types of food that we consume since a lot of what we eat is in this country is already soy/corn based.

    These concerns create a small market for soy-free poultry and eggs.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    If it isn't labeled organic soy, then it is GMO soy. I will not feed my birds GMO feed. I find organic soybean meal more acceptable than canola meal often found in "soy free" feed. The best proteins for chickens are animal proteins, so you can always supplement in addition to a feed ration. A steady diet of only soy protein isn't good enough in my opinion. Let's face it. Soy is cheap and that's why it is used.
     

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