heat treating chickpeas
I was just given 1500 lbs of chickpeas that I would like to feed to my chickens. I read that chickpeas have some anti-nutritional factors, similar to soybean, that can be removed with heat. How hot would I have to get the chickpeas, and for how long, to make them the most suitable for feed? Right now, I am feeding small batches by cooking in a crockpot. I figure if they would be alright for people, than chickens will be ok with them.
Ravalli County Montana
Chick peas typically need to be roasted, but can be used raw in small quantities. See http://articles.extension.org/pages/70243/including-chickpeas-in-organic-poultry-diets