Can i feed my bird Chilli?

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Natural source of vitamins and minerals.

If you were up against a parrot in a chilli eating contest you would most likely lose or be wheeled out on a stretcher.

People are often amazed you can feed chillies to parrots, but unlike humans, it's widely accepted that they can not feel the extreme burning sensation. The burning sensation we can taste is actually an evolutionary defence to stop mammals from eating them as birds do a much better job spreading their seeds. 

The main active ingredient is Capsaicin which is known to have antibacterial and anti-cancer properties. Chillies are also used to help reduce cholesterol levels, increase blood flow, aid digestion and its high levels of vitamin C far exceed a lemon.

Chillies possess many of the B-complex group of vitamins, including niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), riboflavin (B2) and thiamin (vitamin B1).


Chillies are best served fresh

Always wash with clean water to remove any residual chemicals.

Most varieties can be found in supermarkets or fruit shops and are often very affordable, the birds will enjoy eating both the flesh and seeds. 

Dried varieties can be fed but often they would have lost a considerable amount of nutrients during the drying process. Some of the more quality seed blends will often contain dried chilli, this practice was once used to stop rodents from eating valuable stored seed. Chilli plants are hardy and you can find seedlings at most nurseries. Safe to plant around aviaries but only the chillies themselves should be fed.


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