Peas as feed stock

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Quailgenes, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Quailgenes

    Quailgenes Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep getting different info on the internet so what's the truth?
    I found one site that says it is fine to just grind them up no need to cook them
    I think there was a site that said soak and/or sprouting would get ride of that one toxin that affects the blood(will look up the spelling later)
    Another said that there is an inhibit(again will look up them later) that is will lessen the digestibility but then another said the amount present isn't enough.

    Problem one is I can't find consistent info and none of the sites beside the one that says boil them tell me what state the peas need to be in before you use them as feed. Only fresh, dried, rehabilitated, soaked fresh, boiled.

    Problem two I can't figure out if peas are better to feed them beans got a few sites saying peas don't have a toxin beans do. I also read that the species matters and the ones that are toxic are the ones we don't eat anyway.

    Some Sources?:
    https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/livestoc/as1224.pdf
    http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/what_do_chickens_eat.html
    https://articles.extension.org/pages/67359/feeding-field-peas-to-poultry
    http://www.living-foods.com/articles/sproutmyths.html
    http://honest-food.net/2013/08/22/the-myth-of-the-poison-pea/ interesting info on wild ones

    Forum source?:
    http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/livestock-forums/poultry/504490-growing-peas-chicken-feed.html

    Only just been looking for a few hours so...vague. Yeah.
     
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  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am by no means an expert, perhaps someone else can tell you different. However, I was told generally anything a human can eat, a chicken can. Some Legumes are poisonous when uncooked, soybeans are a big one. Some peas seem to fall in this group some do not, sweet peas are if old and hard: http://www.plantanswers.com/sweet_pea.htm
    I feed soybeans to my chickens. I boil them in small batches for 30 minutes to break down the protein and then freeze them until I am ready to use them. This allows me to keep a large quantity until ready to use.
    If you are using sweet peas that are dryed, I would suggest you do the same for your birds.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I am unsure about what part of legumes harm or that are distasteful to chickens. Just remember that the soy fed to chickens is soy-bean meal that has either been roasted or steamed and the oil expelled either by pressing or by adding a solvent..
     
  4. Quailgenes

    Quailgenes Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering about field peas or some other pea I can grow, is easy to prepare and can store. I'm not considering soybeans.
     
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  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds love canned corn, and go ape over it.
    I tried a can of peas, and they couldn't have cared any less about them.

    ~2 cents~
     
  6. Quailgenes

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    Any more insight? Canned peas are nasty anyway. [​IMG] Smart birds.
     
  7. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rather like canned peas. Fresh are better though.
    I just know chickens like corn.
     
  8. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Austrian winter peas are a great one...
    http://www.groworganic.com/d-s-organic-austrian-winter-peas-lb.html

    Those are what I have growing right now, in zone 5... They're cold but still green, and in spring produce tons of edible field peas :)


    Or, another choice us something like bell beans or cowpeas. ..

    http://www.groworganic.com/budget-soil-builder-mix-raw-lb.html

    Snoop around on that site for ideas; you don't necessarily have to grow them yourself, but the greens plus the peas are a huge bonus :)
     

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