Hot pepper seeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimw, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. jimw

    jimw Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    Where can you buy, hot pepper seeds in bulk to feed chickens.
  2. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2010
    try a discount club or food service wholesale. Sam's Club had a 24 oz for 3.99. Will be in the pizza seasonings or spices. Thought that was pricey so I'll check with Sysco or one of the other vendors once I get my tax id. Since I don't plan on using more than a couple three ounces, I suspect 5 lbs would get me the winter at 30+ chickens.
  3. delfargo

    delfargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    just curious...
    why would you be feeding hot pepper seeds to your chickens?
    are you punishing them or are you trying to develop "spicey eggs in the shell"?
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You would have to make sure they were untreated. Lots of seeds for planting are treated to prevent fungi, etc. and the chemicals used to treat them are poisonous.

    I can't imagine why you would want to feed them pepper seeds, though.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 26, 2010
  5. Ravishaw

    Ravishaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
    i'm curious as well... seems like i can hardly get mine to eat BOSS

  6. Mema

    Mema New Egg

    May 24, 2010
    This is funny because I have been scattering ground hot pepper powder in a part of my yard fenced off from where the chickens roam. This is to deter raccoons from digging up the grass. I have heard that the crushed hot pepper seeds deter mammals but do not bother birds. I know parrots love to eat dried hot peppers! Maybe chickens do also.
  7. delfargo

    delfargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, this could be very interesting, and maybe even educational, if we ever get an answer.
    inquiring minds want to know!
  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I don't know what the OP's purposes are, but....

    Chickens don't have heat receptors, so they can eat things like hot pepper seeds for their nutritional value.

    Also, in addition to the nutrients available in peppers, there are many who use peppers, cayenne at least, for its preventative properties in regards to parasites.
  9. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    And there was a thread on here about them making chickens lay! I havent tried it. But I did threaten yesterday to change all their names to stew, soup, baked, fried etc . if they dont get busy! 21 hens and 5 eggs means I have to do something! Probably add some light!
  10. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Dried, ripe hot peppers are loaded with beta carotenes that convert into vitamin A. Back before we could make complete poultry rations the winter diet of chickens was often lacking in that important vitamin. A little red pepper could help with that.

    Nowadays it's not very important. Except that it's a great squirrel/rodent repellent as well. Chickens can't feel the burn but rodents can. When squirrels are raiding my feeders too much I start peppering them with powdered cayenne pepper. I get some relief for a while. Do stand upwind while you're doing this though as it'll zap you as well as the squirrels if you're careless.

    As for being an anti-parasitic I think jury is still out on that one.

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