Can Turkeys Eat Bananas? (Answered With Treats Recipes)

As a turkey owner it is necessary that you are concerned with what you feed your birds from time to time.

You might wonder how to feed them healthy treats and whether they can eat bananas just like humans.

Turkeys can eat bananas and it is in fact one of their favorite snacks especially when it is cut into small pieces.

As we all know, bananas are a healthy treat even for humans so it is alright for you to feed your turkeys bananas.

Let’s look at the health benefits of bananas for turkeys, how often you should feed them, whether baby turkeys can eat it and a few other questions. 

What Are The Health Benefits Of Bananas To Turkeys?

Can Turkeys Eat Bananas
  1. Vitamins

A good number of essential vitamins can be found in a banana serving such as Vitamins C, B6 and B12.

Vitamin B6 is important for the turkeys nervous system. Inadequate levels of this vitamin may cause nervous behavior among young turkey poults. 

Vitamin C as we all know is important for development and growth of the turkeys from their poults till they are matured. 

  1. Fiber

Fiber is an important element to have in your turkeys diet to enable them digest food properly.

Bananas contain a lot of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber melts in fluids to polymerize during digestion and this helps to improve the blood sugar levels in your turkeys.

  1. Potassium

Bananas are a rich source of the mineral potassium. Potassium is essential in many turkeys’ functions and processes. It is important for the dietary habits of turkeys. 

Potassium deficiency may cause a reduction in how they eat which can lead ultimately to weight loss and other health related issues. 

  1. Magnesium

Magnesium is also found in adequate levels in bananas. Magnesium is involved in a variety of turkey health issues, including body weight and bone development.

Magnesium is required for cell function and bone development.

It also works hand in hand with calcium and phosphorus, as such it is important that these nutrients are present in adequate quantities for your turkeys. 

  1. Carbohydrates

A cupful of banana serving contains about 22.8 grams of carbs. Depending on whether it is ripe or unripe bananas, the level of carbohydrates in a banana can be higher or lower.

An unripe banana has more starch and during the ripening process, the starch is converted into sugars such as fructose, lactose and glucose. 

Here is a comprehensive list I wrote on what do turkeys eat.

How Often Should I Feed Them Bananas?

Just like every other fruit and vegetables, bananas are treats and should be fed in moderation to your turkeys.

No matter how much your turkeys seem to like bananas, you shouldn’t replace their feed entirely with bananas. 

The nutrients found in bananas are necessary for the growth of your turkeys, however, in excess, these nutrients can be detrimental to their health.

Moreover, the banana contains a lot of sugar, which is harmful in large quantities. 

In moderation, bananas can be nutritious, especially when compared to sugary processed foods. 

However, it should only be used as a treat and should not be used in place of a well-balanced diet for your turkeys. 

Restrict feeding them bananas to about once or twice a week and to get the best results mix in the bananas with other fruits, nuts and vegetables that they love to eat. 

Can Baby Turkeys Eat Bananas?

Baby turkeys can eat bananas from time to time, it would give them some of the nutrients they require.

However before feeding them bananas ensure the poults are already about 6 weeks of age. 

From hatching till that period they are to be placed strictly on a turkey starter or gamebird feed as it has all the necessary nutrients, especially protein which they require to develop.

When feeding bananas to turkey poults, ensure the bananas are cut into tiny pieces and you can even mash them to make it easier for them to eat.

Because of the high sugar content in bananas, it will be good for the poults however it should only be given in moderation.

Can Turkeys Eat Banana Peels?

Turkeys can as well eat the peels of the banana. But if you are going to be feeding them the peels, ensure you thoroughly wash it.

The skin might have gathered dangerous chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides used by farmers during planting

In addition, most of the time, the skin is tough.

If you simply give your turkeys an unopened banana or toss them the skin, they may injure themselves or make it difficult to eat.

You could feed them the peel after it has ripened and gone soft. 

Also, it is possible for you to boil it before serving it to them to make it easier for them to eat.

Slicing the skin will also make it more appealing to them and easier for them to consume.

Can Turkeys Eat Banana Bread?

Banana bread is a processed food. It is a type of bread made out from mashed bananas, wheat, salt and sugar.

Due to the high sugar content in banana bread, it is not exactly advisable to feed banana bread to your turkeys.

I know you might see it as a great way to treat your turkeys especially since you know,  they would most likely eat anything you give to them.

However, it is more like feeding them junk food that in excess can cause them health problems.

Other banana processed foods such as banana pudding and banana chips should also not be fed to turkeys. 

Also check out this article I wrote on can turkeys eat celery

Things To Watch Out For Before Feeding Them Bananas

As established earlier, bananas are a nutritious treat to give your turkeys from time to time.

It is a healthy snack for them and when combined with other healthy foods would serve to supply them with all the necessary nutrients they need.

However, it should also be given to them in moderation and should in now way replace their main feed.

Bananas are high in sugars and as such it should not be given in excess.

Also if you plan to feed your turkeys, banana peels then ensure you have thoroughly washed the peels to remove pesticides and herbicides that might have accumulated on them. 

You can also go with the safer option of buying organically grown bananas. These do not use any chemicals while being grown and are totally safe for consumption. 

How Can I Feed Bananas To My Turkeys?

You can feed bananas to your turkeys in several ways. You can give them unpeeled or peeled bananas.

You can also slice the bananas into their feeders and serve it to them. 

Hanging bananas is also a fun way to feed them bananas. Turkeys enjoy nibbling away at hanging down food, so hang the banana and enjoy watching them poke at it.

This method also aids in the cleanliness of the fruit and the run. 

Dirt would most likely stick to the banana and also to the turkeys making a big mess if you placed it on the ground.

Frozen bananas are also a great way to treat your turkeys during summer.

During those hot months and the turkeys are heat stressed, you can feed them frozen bananas.

Yogurt medley which is mixing unsweetened yogurt with bananas is another fun recipe to feed bananas to your turkeys.  

Conclusion

Humans and animals all love bananas and it is one of the most loved fruits in the world.

Turkeys are also not left out as they love nibbling on small pieces of bananas. 

Bananas have quite a number of nutrients in them such as minerals, fiber, vitamins and carbohydrates.

This makes it a healthy treat from time to time. However, it is important that you stick to feeding them bananas about once or twice a week.

This is due to the high sugar content in bananas. This could cause adverse health effects when fed in excess.

There are several fun ways to feed bananas to your turkeys that they would enjoy.

Written by Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books

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