On 2/16/06, Meeko's Mom wrote:
> I have a friend that is giving her Goffin Cockatoo, banana
> with the peel. Is this ok for the bird to have?
Probably not. Banana peels often times have been sprayed in
order to kill insects and to protect them during transit.
Often times, the eggs of insects are embedded in the peel.
This isn't a cause for humans as we peel the fruit. Could be
a bit of concern for the birds, though.
If she wants to continue serving the fruit this way, a good
scrub with an antibiotic hand-wash and a good rinse will help.