Chickens enjoy banana skins
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.