Where to even start?!?!?
A great source of protein, beans of several different varieties are safe and healthy for gliders. Let’s just go through the list of beans you will generally find in your local grocery:
- kidney beans
- garbanzo beans (otherwise known as chickpeas)
- black beans
- red beans
- pinto beans
- lima beans
- great northern beans
- butter beans
- navy beans
- mung beans
A number of these beans you will find both in the dry goods section, as well as the frozen foods section, either are fine, but note that you will have to prepare them differently. Frozen beans need nothing – simply thaw and feed. Those that are in the dry goods section (you’ll find them in plastic bags), are uncooked and must be prepared prior to feeding. This is not difficult to do and is a much more economical way to feed your gliders, if that is important to you. Simply prepare them according to the package directions. This will usually entail soaking the beans for several hours, then cooking and cooling.
Beans are a favorite here, none of them more so than garbanzos (chickpeas). They absolutely tear them up and it looks like a bean factory explosion in the mornings! LOL Hearing their chirps of delight is enough for me!
NOTE: LIMA BEANS ARE SAFE AS LONG AS THEY ARE COOKED. IF YOU PURCHASE RAW LIMA BEANS FROM A FARMERS/FLEA MARKET, YOU MUST COOK THEM PRIOR TO FEEDING. FROZEN LIMA BEANS FROM THE FREEZER SECTION ARE ALREADY COOKED AND ARE THEREFORE SAFE TO FEED IMMEDIATELY.