Chicken Diet Worries...

by Jennifer
(West Covina, US)

Hello


I had a question about feeding my chickens soybeans in there diet? Does it harm them if I feed soybeans and green peas in there diet because I blend them and feed it to them as part of there diet without boiling it and also what symptoms should I look for if my chickens get sick from eating moldy feed thank you,!!!!!!!

MEG: UNCOOKED PULSES LIKE BEANS AND PEAS CONTAIN AN ENZYME THAT BLOCKS THE UPTAKE OF PROTEIN IN THE GUT. GIVE FISH OR MEAT MEAL TO COMPENSATE, OR BETTER YET, EITHER COOK OR SPROUT YOUR PULSES, OR BUY NON VEGETARIAN PELLETS FOR YOUR BIRDS.

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Feb 15, 2012
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All should be OK
by: Steven F

Hi there, soybeans should not be a problem as long as you don't overdo it; probably no more than 10% of their diet. Are you milling the feed or feeding it to them whole? If you are feeding it whole you will find that what they don't like they will leave or eat last. The same applies to green peas. I presume you are talking about dried peas and not green peas freshly podded. Dried peas, particularly grey peas, have traditionally been fed to racing pigeons so they should certainly be OK for chooks.

As for moldy food – it depends how moldy. A little bit of mould should be fine. If they have a choice they will refuse it if they don’t like. We regularly give moldy bread to our chooks and they eat it will no ill effects. They seem to enjoy it. Of course the first symptom of feeding them something moldy that is toxic could be sudden death but I really can’t see that happening. Maybe they will be just be ingesting some form of natural antibiotic!

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