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Old 09-18-2018, 08:04 AM
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I've read that parrots have 1 taste bud to our 40, so the heat of hot peppers is only slightly felt by them. Peppers have a lot of good stuff in them besides heat, so if your parrot likes them its all to the better.
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Re: Peppers..

isn't the heat thing also based around a chemical present in our throat birds don't have that makes a reaction happen? It's something to do with how chilli peppers want parrots to eat them so they cover a larger area with the seeds.

Either way Chilli is pretty good for both bird and I believe humans (my doctor says they're good but that may be because they're one of the few vegetables I actually like!)
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Re: Peppers..

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isn't the heat thing also based around a chemical present in our throat birds don't have that makes a reaction happen? It's something to do with how chilli peppers want parrots to eat them so they cover a larger area with the seeds.

Either way Chilli is pretty good for both bird and I believe humans (my doctor says they're good but that may be because they're one of the few vegetables I actually like!)
I believe the chemical you are referring to is capsaicin. It's the oily chemical that causes the "heat" in hot peppers. Extracts are used primarily by people to inhibit arthritis. It has been used for other purposes. It is of the capasim family and is available at most chain drugstores.
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Re: Peppers..

If you choose to use hot peppers in either diet, human or avian, the chili family is your best choice. The color factor to heat factor ratio is better. Jalapenos are related but are best used when fully ripe (red).

Because we have been conditioned to eat many unripe vegetables and fruits for shelf-life reasons, we seldom find ripe jalapenos or cayans. Please know that much of our produce is picked and shipped green or from a previous year's crop.

With bell peppers, both humans and avians benefit from the higher vitA levels of orange and red bell peppers. Birds GENERALLY eat enough that green bell peppers suffice.

In both hot and sweet peppers, birds benefit from the seeds and pith we tend to throw away.

When purchasing peppers either frozen or flaked, check for added salt as it is a common additive or soak.
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