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can I feed guinea fowl a little cracked organic soybeans?

 
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Our guineas are free range but we give them a small amount of feed at night to make sure they come home to roost....everyone here says chick starter but I have a lot of organic soybeans on hand because I havent been able to get tempeh starter this year. I can grind them easily in an old coffee grinder but am not sure about unfermented beans for birds even in a small amount. thanks for any advice.
 
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NO!

Raw beans can contain phytohaemagglutinin, which would not be good for them. Best to cook any beans before you give it to them.
 
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John Elliott wrote:NO!

Raw beans can contain phytohaemagglutinin, which would not be good for them. Best to cook any beans before you give it to them.



Thank you John!
 
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I fed soybeans to poultry for many years. An overnight soak and a brief 15-20 minutes at a boil is sufficient to remove the toxins. I've also read that sprouting them also does the trick.
 
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Alder Burns wrote:I fed soybeans to poultry for many years. An overnight soak and a brief 15-20 minutes at a boil is sufficient to remove the toxins. I've also read that sprouting them also does the trick.


In the end, I guess these birds do not like soybeans in any form...at least not cracked and cooked. The little bit I gave them just cracked dry beans they didn't touch either. They pick something out of this chick starter that we have been feeding them, and I cant figure out what it is they like. They never eat all of it. Thanks, anyway everybody.
 
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I don't know much about guineas, but I thought they were purely insectivores.
A handful of BSF larvae?
 
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Leila Rich wrote:I don't know much about guineas, but I thought they were purely insectivores.
A handful of BSF larvae?


Hi, Leila They eat mostly bugs but they like seeds...buckwheat and crabgrass that I have noticed. They will eat a little green stuff I have read but folks say they feed them corn chops and millet..bird seed even...I just wanted to use the soybeans because I already had them. Now I think I will grind them to soybean meal and add to my garden.
 
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