Chick­ens en­joy ba­nana skins

Country Smallholding - - Poultry Pen -

Q One day I was in the chicken run and ate a ba­nana. I put the skin to one side, but it slipped on to the floor and my chicken de­voured it. From then on, I save my ba­nana skins and cut them into bits. They seem to be do­ing well on them, but can you see any pos­si­ble side ef­fect or prob­lems?

ANDY SAYS: To my knowl­edge, there is noth­ing toxic in the ba­nana skin. In fact, I know a few peo­ple whose birds will eat them if chopped up. That said, I would make sure that the skin is washed first (un­less or­ganic) as it may have in­sec­ti­cides on it. I don’t know the rul­ings on what can be used on ba­nanas, but I guess it is bet­ter to be safe than sorry, es­pe­cially as you will be eat­ing the eggs. Also en­sure that it hasn’t been used as part of food prepa­ra­tion in a kitchen — as it is il­le­gal to give food that has been in a kitchen.

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