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Banana Leaves. Will they harm my birds if eaten?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gabe4223, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. gabe4223

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    I want to use theses leaves to provide shade for my run. but i want to know if these can be harmful? If eaten?
     
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    Anyone?
     
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  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, banana leaves are edible, to humans and chickens. The leaves are used as plates, food wrappers, and steaming pouches in many tropical countries for various foods/dishes, and you can buy them frozen at some specialty markets to use as tamale wrappers.

    They do tend to have a slight laxative effect in large quantity, but I doubt they would eat so much at any one time as to be a problem. The chickens will no doubt do more damage to the banana plants than the plants will do to the chickens.

    FWIW, I've found that banana peels are one of the few things my chickens don't eat, I guess they don't like them.
     
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  5. Nope!
     
  6. ChickyLoo

    ChickyLoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mine eat banana peels like spaghetti sometimes we feed them banana with skin on & they pick away at it [​IMG]
     
  7. gabe4223

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    thanks for the input
     
  8. ScouterJoe

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    Good to know about the bananas. I've got some over-ripe ones I was thinking of giving them this morning. Breakfast here we come.
     
  9. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:great ideal - I will try myself, I have a huge banana tree. Thanks
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