So what is the poop on soy in chicken feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BethieofVA, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I generally use a soy free product from CountrySide Naturals, but ran out before delivery. I bought some organic with nonGMO soy in it by Blue Seal, but other than soy being GMO what is the issue?
     
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing is wrong with soy as a source of protein for chickens...
    The list of reasons soy is not popular is long and little of it has anything directly to do with a chickens health.

    Here are a few of my personal reasons for being as soy free as possible.

    1. I am opposed to what agriculture has become in this country. The "industrial machine" only concerned about profit and control. I trust nor like anything Monsanto Corporation does! Monsanto holds the patent for genetic modification that know effects all but organic soy!
    2. GMO genetically modified organisms. I am deeply concerned about the long term impact. Also I am opposed to the idea that seed can be patented and owned! Hence giving one company power over the worlds food supply.
    3. Mono cropping corn and soy has detrimental environmental impacts. It is the opposite of diversity.
    4. It is almost impossible to go to the grocery store and buy food that does not have corn or soy hidden in the ingredients. We inadvertently eat way more corn and soy than any culture in the world. We are the fattest nation on earth and one of the most unhealthy. So I avoid processed foods, to avoid corn and soy. (Here is where chickens come in: I avoid soy in my chickens diet, since I eat the eggs and the meat. I also avoid it to vote with my pocket book and not give money to the companies and system I oppose.)
    5. Serious heath issues are starting to crop up with the over consumption of soy.. It appears it may effect hormones, causing all kinds of problems in children and adults.
    (No Asian cultures do not eat much raw soy, they consume mostly fermented soy.)

    ON
     
  3. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's my suggestion:
    Do your own reading on the subject, both pro & con. Use the information you review to make a decision that best suits your needs.
     
  4. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people don't like soy fed to their chickens because then it enters their food chain. You are getting the negative aspects of soy indirectly.

    A recent webiste sent to me by a person who is a soy watchdog. [​IMG]
    From what I have read, soy products are not allowed in infant formula in Canada and the USA.

    http://www.nourishingourchildren.org/Soy.html
     
  5. Quote:Where did you buy it? I'd like to know [​IMG]
     
  6. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Not to get off topic, but are you sure about the formula? Both my daughters couldn't have milked based baby formula when they were little, and were fed soy formula instead. It wasn't that long ago. lol
     
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  7. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Where did you buy it? I'd like to know [​IMG]

    I bought it in Gloucester at the York River Feed Store on Rt. 17, acutally I guess that is more like Hayes.


    Thanks everyone, I know how the soy possibly acting like an estrogen in males and yes, soy formula was what most babies drank when allergic to milk. It cost a fortune if I remember correctly, too.
     
  8. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    I think all the hoo haw about soy is just plain silly. Soybean meal is added to feed to increase protein levels. Traditionally, either soybean meal, cottonseed meal, or linseed meal is added for protein and the deciding factor on which to use is price. Whichever is the cheapest meal that week goes in the mix. The only time I have a problem with soy is when it is added to milk replacers. The babies cannot digest it very well if at all.
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:You may have sent the wrong link, but I saw nothing on that page that soy infant formula was not allowed in the U.S. or Canada.

    I did read some where on the web that they where going to try to put a stop to soy formula but I don't think that even got started.


    Chris
     
  10. qbarfarm

    qbarfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    If you want the real "poop" on Soy, google "FDA Scientists Against Soy". Read the FDA Scientists letter about the dangers of soy.
     

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