soy beans

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DLS, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a guy give me 4 #50 bags of feed soybeans. Do I just feed these to the hens or must I grind them up?
  2. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I think I've heard they have to be cooked first.
  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    You might be able to feed a very few to your birds without any treatment at all, but they are not good for chickens without either cooking, roasting, or running them through an extruder (an extruder is a screw like machine that compacts the beans tightly till they get very hot, and squirt out of a small nozzle). Raw beans contain a chemical named urease, which can make animals ill. The heating process makes this chemical unable to bother them. You will need to do a search to find out how hot they need to be to make them useable.
  4. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    My grandfather always said that if you feed an animal soy they will go crazy
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    Unless your bag says otherwise I would think any soybeans sold as animal feed are already cooked. You can buy bags of roasted soybeans for deer and cattle. You will find plenty of people who will argue both sides of soy. We never put soybeans directly in to our feed mixes but always preferred when we got our load right after they'd run straight soybeans through the mill. The livestock always came out shiny and healthier looking after the winter. Anything that provides more energy will make "crazy" animals. They will have more energy to expend running about or trying to escape which can make large livestock more difficult to handle and keep calm.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010
  6. spammy

    spammy Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2009
    soak them overnite and boil fo 20 minutes. Drain and refridgerate, will keep for a week.
  7. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2007
    Qould sprouting them make them safe to eat if they are uncooked?[​IMG]
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    I suppose if they sprout you know they are uncooked. The greens should be plenty edible but soybeans aren't as easy to sprout as some other plants and it takes a whole lot more effort than just feeding them as is even if you have to cook them.
  9. thekla

    thekla Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought some to use for extra protein for my chicks in the winter and as said above, I always cook at least 12 minutes at 180% or more, but recently a nutritionist who buys eggs from me said that they really aren't great for birds (or people) because almost all of the soybeans available (even organic) are genetically altered, I'm still pondering this and don't plan to dump what I have, but do want to see more research before buying more - on another note, even cooked and cooled, this has not been my birds favorite thing, they will eat it, but seem to prefer other treats. Any opinions/insight out there about this? I know another local person goes out of their way to find chicken food without soy, so I guess there is some issue about it, again, I would love to hear arguments supporting either side before I make any decisions. (and just because they sell something for feed doesn't necessairly mean that this is a good thing)

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