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Jessie has been sharing bananas with me over the past few weeks. shes started to really like them... but iv noticed that her beak has become extremely shiny, shinier then its ever been

could this be due to her eating banana? or could it just be a coincidence. i know they are high in vitamins etc so maybe that's whats causing it to look healthier

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I honestly have no clue. Ace doesn't really like bananas from what I've seen and his beak is still pretty shiny. I honestly think it may be a coincidence. Have you given Jessie a shower/bath recently by chance? Her beak may have become shinier through bathing. These are just guesses and I'm sure more knowledgeable people on here will give you a better answer than I did
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Bananas contain apart from other vitamins and minerals, Potassium and Magnesium and these two minerals are good for the Central Nervous System, the Immune System and the Reproductive System. These two minerals are also lacking in most seeds so bananas are a good source of them.

I use a banana based rice cereal in my Lorikeet Mix and Hand Raising Mix for this very reason. The cereal contains dehydrated banana ground up to a powder. I, and others, have found that with my mix my Lorikeets have particularly glossy feathers, more so than when my birds were on purchased mixes and other birds on these purchased mixes.
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Wow, that's great information, Kate -- thanks for sharing that with the members.

And, thank you Carla for asking the question to begin with.

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Thanks for that info. My two aren't great fruit eaters, and avoid many greens etc too. Just wondered, do you think if I bought dried banana (chips) and ground them down, that might be good for them? (Or maybe that'd not be good, if 'bad' stuff / sugar has been added...?....)
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Thanks for that info. My two aren't great fruit eaters, and avoid many greens etc too. Just wondered, do you think if I bought dried banana (chips) and ground them down, that might be good for them? (Or maybe that'd not be good, if 'bad' stuff / sugar has been added...?....)
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Check the ingredients on the package and ensure the only thing is dehydrated bananas.
If so, then yes, the powder would be good for them.

Better yet, make your own dehydrated bananas --
https://www.wikihow.com/Dehydrate-Bananas
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Bananas contain apart from other vitamins and minerals, Potassium and Magnesium and these two minerals are good for the Central Nervous System, the Immune System and the Reproductive System. These two minerals are also lacking in most seeds so bananas are a good source of them.

I use a banana based rice cereal in my Lorikeet Mix and Hand Raising Mix for this very reason. The cereal contains dehydrated banana ground up to a powder. I, and others, have found that with my mix my Lorikeets have particularly glossy feathers, more so than when my birds were on purchased mixes and other birds on these purchased mixes.
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I honestly have no clue. Ace doesn't really like bananas from what I've seen and his beak is still pretty shiny. I honestly think it may be a coincidence. Have you given Jessie a shower/bath recently by chance? Her beak may have become shinier through bathing. These are just guesses and I'm sure more knowledgeable people on here will give you a better answer than I did
thanks for your info kate, that was very helpful

MineOfBudgies, no she hasnt had a bath lately, she only seems to like baths when its sunny or hot, and the weathers been pretty bad here lately.

thanks to everyone else who replied
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It is not easy to get many birds to eat fresh bananas. Most parrots will lick fruit and vegetables before they try them and if you lick a raw banana there is really no taste. I have also found that few like the dehydrated chips either as they often come in a fruit and nut mix made for parrots. But you could try grinding the chips up and seeing if they eat that. Very tame birds will often want to eat what you are eating so that is one way to get them to eat bananas. Or you can just mash fresh very ripe banana and they may eat that. Any leftovers can be eaten by you as a banana sandwich or you could make a banana cake and give a little of the mashed banana to the bird. Love em. Dehydrated bananas have no added sugar just the natural fruit sugar.

Not all sugar is bad. There are different forms of sugar. Table sugar that we buy as granules is sucrose which is a more complex sugar and is called a disaccaride. Bananas and most fruits are pretty high in sugar but it is a different type of sugar called fructose (or fruit sugar) and is a monosaccharide. Dextrose is also a monosaccharide and is extracted mainly from grains like wheat and maize. Dextrose Monohydrate (or powdered glucose) is often used as an energy boost and often given in a drip for sick people particularly if dehydrated mixed with electrolyte. Also given to animals. This is Hartmann's Solution. This is often used for baby parrots that have to be hand raised from day 1. You give it to them for the first 2 or 3 days while they are digesting the remains of the yolk sac just to keep them hydrated. It is drawn up in a syringe and given to them directly into the crop with a crop needle. It also helps their crop to become accustomed to having something in it.
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Thank you for all that information. It is very useful and interesting. I will try my stubborn wee rascals on some banana... though, knowing what they're like, I remain unhopeful they'll go for it!p...but you never know!
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