Italian Broad Beans

Posted By: BE2Cassie

Italian Broad Beans - 09/10/15 01:46 PM

For the past unknown number of years my sister in law has been giving me fresh picked broad beans from her garden. She told me that these were a type of green bean. I found out that they are actually the same thing as fava beans. I have always heard that fava beans were toxic to parrots. I have searched and other than people stating that they are toxic have not been able to find any scientific article stating that they are and why. I talked to the vet and she said that she had heard the same but also no proof ever seen of this. So Cassie has been eating these for years with no ill effect and now I'm wondering if I should continue to feed them to her, she does love them.
Can anyone share a link to a scientific article about broad/fava beans being toxic. Thanks.
Posted By: RB2sMom

Re: Italian Broad Beans - 09/10/15 02:18 PM

I remember reading somewhere that about any whole bean was toxic to birds. That included lima beans which I was feeding to my RB2's. Harry got sick one time after eating them...never fed any beans except for green beans to my birds since then.

Here is an article from Vanderbilt about the dangers of fava beans reading on down through the article along with other foods...I have also seen reports about dangers to dogs.
Posted By: BE2Cassie

Re: Italian Broad Beans - 09/10/15 05:51 PM

I feed cooked beans all the time to the birds including black, chick pea, lima and an assortment of others.
Tyramine is also found in tofu which is considered safe for birds to eat.
All of the articles that I have come across are all about the problems of foods high in tyramine are human or mammal related.
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