Can Chickens Eat Soy Sauce? Is It Risky?

Some may want to take advantage of the leftovers of table food, recycle it, and serve it to the chickens. This is very good from an economic point of view. But you should also be aware of what you offer to your chickens. As some foods may not be suitable for the nature of their bodies, but they may even take their lives.

Soy sauce is one of the types of sauces that are used as a condiment in many foods, especially Asian foods, and it is famous for its high salt content. (for your information, salt may also be referred to as sodium).

So Is it possible to put leftover food that contains soy sauce for chicken? This is what we will discuss in the coming lines. Let’s discover more about the effect of soy sauce on chicken.

Can Chickens Eat Soy Sauce?

Chickens At Chicken Coop

Yes, chickens can eat soy sauce but It is not recommended to feed chickens with soy sauce because it is very high in sodium and chickens do not handle the high sodium content well.

Chicken needs sodium just like humans, but not in the same amount. Although chicken feed contains proportions of sodium, the sodium content in one bite of soy sauce may equal the amount of sodium they eat over long periods.

Is Soy Sauce Good Or Required For Chicken?

Soy sauce does not constitute an important source of nutrients for chicken, even for humans, as it is used as a kind of spice and flavorings in various sauces and food recipes, especially in China and Southeast Asian countries.

The Nutritional Value Of Soy Sauce

It is produced by fermenting soybeans with the addition of roasting wheat and adding it to it. Each tablespoon (about 15ml) of fermented soy sauce contains Carbs: 1g, Fat: 0g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 902mg!

In fact, it is saturated with sodium, and it does not count as an important source of protein and carbohydrates, so it is not an important source of nutrients for chickens.[1]

The fermentation and pasteurization processes included in the soy sauce manufacturing process lead to a very complex mixture. There are more than 300 substances that contribute to the flavor, color, and aroma of soy sauce between sugar alcohols and organic acids such as lactic acid and amino acids such as glutamic acid.

These various compounds in soy sauce are often associated with health risks when introduced into the bodies of chickens at once.

Risks Of Feeding Chicken Soy Sauce 

The recommended sodium levels in poultry feed are 0.2%. In the event of an increase in this percentage, what is called salt poisoning occurs.

The severity of its symptoms and severity vary based on the amount of excess salt in the chicken feed and the age of the chickens. Younger chicks are more affected by salt poisoning and have a higher risk of severe symptoms and death than older birds.

Symptoms Of Salt Poisoning

Symptoms of salt poisoning include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Difficulty walking
  • Severe depression. Weakness
  • Cramps
  • Lying on the back.
  • Twisting the neck back
  • Lack of coordination
  • Gasping for difficulty Breathing
  • Swollen legs.
  • Diarrhea
  • Death

The Difference Between Soybean And Soy Sauce 

Some may consider using soy sauce for chicken, on the pretext that chicken feed contains soybeans, so it will be safe for chicken.

Soybeans, which are included in the manufacture of chicken feed and most of the feed, are not very harmful in their raw form, as the soybean seeds are ground and mixed with chicken feed as a source of protein that is cheaper than animal protein that comes from fish and animals.

Some may confuse the soybean plant with the soy sauce that is sold in stores and say, just as the soy plant is added to the feed, why not give the chicken soy sauce?

In fact, the matter differs a lot, as the soybean plant that is added to the feed in its raw form is very different from the soy sauce that undergoes complex manufacturing processes.

These processes make it one of the foods that are not suitable for the nature of the chicken’s body, and the sodium concentration in it is very concentrated.

However, soybeans are not added to chicken feed randomly, but rather it is according to specific and accurate proportions so as not to cause any harm to chickens.

Despite this, there are many chicken breeders who consider adding soybeans to chicken feed as a burden on the bodies of chickens, and they do not prefer feeding their flocks on feed to which soybeans are added, and they are looking for more healthy alternatives.

Can Soy Sauce Cause The Death Of Chickens?

Soy sauce can kill chickens when served in large quantities, but usually, one bite does not kill them. But care must be taken when serving it to chicken. Because even one bite of soy sauce gives the chicken a large amount of sodium.

How To Take Advantage Of Soy Sauce In Chicken Food?

If you have food scraps that contain soy or not and you want to serve the chicken with soy sauce. You should mix a tablespoon of soy sauce with the amount of feed that you will provide to the entire flock so that each chicken gets a very small amount of soy sauce.

Remember that this should be a small amount and not a main category that you provide to the chicken on a regular basis.


Can Chickens Eat Leftover Chinese Food?

 It is not preferred to feed the chicken leftover Chinese food as Chinese food always contains levels of sodium and other hot spices. But in his case, if you had a father and God, you would have high food.

Are Corn And Soy Good For Chickens?

Yes, corn and soy feed chickens with some nutrients. Therefore, almost 90% of chicken feed contains corn and soy among its ingredients. However, it should be in reasonable proportions in order to avoid harming them.

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The shy one (too shy to put her photo) and the only girl in our team! Doaa is a veterinarian who is passionate about writing content. She knows a lot about animals and birds, as she has been studying them for many years now. Her goal? She is researching and learning to convey to you all the knowledge she have and what's new about farming.