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Old 06-12-2019, 08:08 PM
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Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

SassyByrd has not always liked veggies, but now they are her favorite. I cook up zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, baby snap peas and Lima beans. She always grubs on the Limas first. I was quite proud of our culinary progress and decided to google up the nutritional value of Lima beans. Now I am reading conflicting information on these beans, some of it warning to NEVER feed Lima’s of any sort, some warning about sprouting Lima beans. Does anyone have the definitive word on this? Any information would be so appreciated! Thanks. -Jen
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:40 PM
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

I've been feeding cooked lima beans to my flock for literally decades with no apparent harm. Checked around and found the preponderance of opinion is against raw limas.
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Absolutely, raw is a big issue! Cooking destroys a toxin that is present in many beans!
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Just like Scott, I've been feeding lima beans to my parrots for years with no problems. They do have to be thoroughly cooked.
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Never been a issue and first birds I had growing up lived past life expectancy, but do cook the beans.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:11 PM
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Thanks everyone for the feedback! And a big thank you from SassyByrd! She would have been one sorry fid if I had put a red light on her limas.
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

PLEASE explain why the lima beans need to be cooked !! Salty's latest chop contains some raw limas. Small, frozen, 1 serving baggies get zapped and are around 110deg F when i remove them, and let them cool down. Why is raw such a big deal? Please!
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Wrench, this is one of the things I was concerned about.

From “Spruce Pet”: Cooked beans are a favorite treat of many birds, but raw, dry beans can be extremely harmful to your pet. Uncooked beans contain a poison called hemagglutinin which is very toxic to birds.

Source unknown: Some Beans(including Lima & kidney) contain something called lectin Phytohaemaggutinin, this toxin is fairly harmful to parrots and so a recommended solution is cooking them, boiling them for ten minutes is the best method to do this, under cooked beans can actually contain more toxins than raw beans. Cooking in slow cooker will sometimes not destroy the toxin as it must be fairly hot to destroy it.

Bunch of other “sites” with similar info.
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Never heard about raw lima beans being dangerous, so I'll be sure to ask the vet when I next visit!
As a kid (and even now) I *hated* the lima beans in my mixed veggies, so I would always feed them to my bird. She got a treat, sharing food is bonding, and I didn't have to eat the nasty things. xD She's still alive and happy at 38, so beans cooked suitably for human consumption should be fine.
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Re: Worried about my Lima Bean Queen (food safety question)

Are you using commercially frozen lima beans? If so, they are already cooked. If not, then you may want to delve further into the raw lima bean information. I do know that raw, dried beans are dangerous for many types of animals and people to consume. Some of the compounds are poisonous, and others are difficult to digest.
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