Cayenne pepper for birds (with Info Table)

Cayenne pepper for birds (with Info Table) – content creator: Petrus Albertus van Tonder

Cayenne pepper
Scientific name:
Many varieties
Also known as:
Chilli, chili pepper, chilies, hot pepper, rooipeper
Indigenous Countries:
Southern Central American and northern South American countries.
Can be given to:
Parrots, budgies, parakeets, finches, cockatiels, lovebirds, canaries, and conures.
The only factor that sets them apart is their capsaicin content, which is the phyto ingredient that gives each variety a different level of ‘heat’ and flavor.
Nutritional Value:
Rich in Vit C. (when raw), Vit B complex, Beta carotene – which is the precursor to Vit A, & iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sulphur.
Cayenne peppers can be used fresh whole, dried whole, crushed into flakes, or powdered.
Cayenne is one of the world’s most widely used natural herbal remedies.
Featured photo courtesy:
Margie Frayne
Cayenne pepper for birds info table.

Cayenne pepper for birds -by Margie Frayne

A general tonic herb for your birds, Cayenne is a good maintenance herb for circulation, digestion, airways (respiratory system), skin & feather health, liver support & pain reliever.

This herb should not be given in very large quantities – a maximum of 1 tsp can be mixed in 1-kilo soft food. Give daily for 3 weeks, whether prior to and during the breeding season, or for a specific health benefit. Then give it a break. Out of breeding season give the birds Cayenne once a week either in their soft food or dried flakes in a dish in their cage.

Warning: When working with Cayenne (or any hot chilies) especially dried chilies or the powder – always work outside, or in a very well-ventilated area, and don’t agitate the product excessively – work gently with the mixture and try to disturb it as little as possible. The essential oil that vaporizes when you work with Cayenne can cause you to lose your breath completely, or definitely causes a lot of coughing. It is a good idea to wear a mask. Never touch the eyes or your lips with your Cayenne-tainted fingers. The pain is unbearable. Splashing ice water on the eyes to reduce the pain might help, but first, wash your hands – as fast as possible. After working with chilies, wash hands two or three times, with soap, and very thoroughly.

Dried Cayenne, whole / powdered can be stored in a well-sealed, robust container, for up to a year. But store it very securely, as mice and rats absolutely love to eat chilies, and will eat right through a soft plastic container/sack /plastic bag to get to it. Store in an area inaccessible to rodents, and as an additional precaution, wash down the outside of the storage container with hot soapy water to remove traces of the Cayenne oil/smell. You can store chilies in the freezer.

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