Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SundownWaterfowl, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Can chickens eat soybeans? My local feed mill sells soybeans, and i am thinking about getting a bag. I heard it is good protein.

    Do you feed your chickens soybeans?
  2. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    they cant eat raw soybeans
    but I fed mine cooked soy beans all spring
    If you dont mind,can you tell me how much they are asking for a 50lb sack of soybeans

    Last edited: Aug 2, 2008
  3. HeadHen

    HeadHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Houston, TX
    There is an enzyme in the beans that scars their intestine. You have to destroy it with heat, either through roasting or boiling. Commercial feed uses a chemical to remove it, organic feed has to be roasted to remove it which contributes to it's higher cost. [​IMG]
  4. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    mmmm roasted soy beans are so yummy.

    I didn't know they couldn't eat them raw. How interesting.
  5. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Acutally HeadHen the compound in rasw soybeans is a Trypsin Inhibitor that prevents the Trypsin excreted in the gut of monogastrics to cleave various bonds in the proteins found in Soybeans. Without the use of Trypsin and Chymotrypsin the proteins can not be digested. Fortunately the Trypsin Inhibitor can easily be denatured with heat. All forms of Soybean Meals are heated in some manner to destroy the Trypsin Inhibitor.

    The chemical you refer to in commercial Soybean Meal has absolutely no effect on the Trypsin Inhibitor, rather the Hexane is used as a solvent to extract the Oil from the Soybean Meal. The use of solvents allows for the removal of virtually all of the oil.

  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I think ill hold off until winter for the soybeans. They are $8.50 per 50#. There layer mash has soybeans in it, so maybe the soybeans have already been roasted. I found a soybean in the bag that has a burn mark on it.
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If soybeans are bad for their intestinal tract why can wild pheasants, quail, and others eat them out in the field?
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Most soybean that is now grown are engineered to enable the crops to withstand doses of herbicides that would otherwise kill them. Roundup Ready soybeans contain a gene that prevents damage from Roundup. It is susposed to be safe for human and animal consumption. 12 million acres are planted. Also other crops such as corn and cotton.

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