Cayenne Pepper for chickens?
The notion of giving Cayenne Pepper to chickens is frequently tossed about on the chickenkissers forum, where it's "common knowledge" that chickens are not harmed by the spiciness because they don't have the heat sensors we do.
Okay, I can kind of buy the claim that they don't taste the heat, but what about their insides? And their little buttholes? I mean, I can handle more hot & spicy foods than any white dude you're likely to ever know, but sometimes my mouth can handle much more than my guts and my butthole and I wind up regretting indulging in all that salsa. Does anybody know for a fact that the chickens would not be in discomfort from eating the "recommended" dosage of Cayenne? And what is the "recommended" dose?
Additionally, is there even any merit to the claim that Cayenne is an effective dewormer?
I've also read some stuff about Cinnamon and Turmeric used for similar purposes. What say youz guyz?
I can make no claim as to the efficacy of any spice used as a de-wormer, however, I do have experience using paprika as a coloring agent in tropical frog species. Certain members of the family Dendrobatidae (poison dart frogs) tend to lose their red color in captivity unless they are fed a diet rich in carotenes. To prevent this, some breeders, myself included, will dust the feeder insect with paprika to gain the benefit of the coloring capabilities. I have never seen even the slightest sign of discomfort in these very delicate animals during either the consupmtion or elimination part of the process. I do not know if their GI system reacts the same way a human's does or not. Perhaps the receptors in the mouth have evolved in response to the difficulty the lower part of the digestive system has with the compounds?
What do you think? It may have some degree of effectiveness, but like most of the wives tales that the BYC huggers like to preach as gospel, those things are not going to be highly effective. Ever notice how cheap and easily available products tend to get a lot of their attention, when they love to diss the more expensive, proven drugs and other substances?
Originally Posted by Tom Foolery
I don't know for sure if a chicken's taste buds can handle the heat of those hot spices better than we, but I have seen parrots eat them again and again with no apparent discomfort. That common knowledge is also shared amoung many parrot breeders, but I've never looked for any studies which either prove or refute the claims. Like Richard, I'm speculating that the rest of their digestive system has also evolved to handle it as well. I suppose that this is not much better than the BYC idiots theories, but I can at least attest to seeing hundreds of birds eating them with no ill effects. The BYC idiots can't prove that thier concoctions do what it is that they claim, simply because their birds live afterwards. Decades ago when I still fed seed mixes to my parrots, I'd have some which would go for the dried cayenne peppers first, and eat them all before touching any other seeds.
Paprika was and sometimes still is used on colorfed canaries, and in general, if an amphibian can handle a substance, most higher animals should have no problems with it. Parrots and amphibians do eat many plants and insects in the wild that would taste bitter or hot to us.