how spicy is too spicy?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by castrbl, Nov 7, 2018 at 9:44 AM.

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  1. castrbl

    castrbl In the Brooder

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    my hen loves spicy food. if i have something spicy she will jump into my plate for it. but im scared of it being too hot for her. can she have a little bit of something only mildly spicy? or no spice at all?
     
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  2. 9SpiceyChickens

    9SpiceyChickens Crowing

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    Spice is fine! Chickens and all birds don't have the spice resepter-thingy. Mine ate a Carolina Reaper and was fine.
     
  3. LlamaGirl4

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    Chickens differ from spice levels. If they eat something spicy and act normal then they Will be fine. My chickens hate spicy things but my neighbors chickens will eat hot peppers
     
  4. townchicks

    townchicks Crowing

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    Birds don't have the taste receptors for spicy, so it doesn't seem to bother them. Lot's of people give their parrots hot peppers with no ill effects. I think it depends on what else is in the food, and how much you give her. Treats should be no more than 10% of the total diet.
     
  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Free Ranging

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    What are you feeding your chick as her basic diet?
     
  6. castrbl

    castrbl In the Brooder

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    i mix 5 grain scratch and chick starter
     
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  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Free Ranging

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    How old is your chicken?
     
  8. Celeste Cannon

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    Birds don't taste spice, I mix in spicy sauce to my chickens food so the squirrels don't eat it.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

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    5 grain scratch really isn't food. It should be an occasional treat and not mixed with real chicken feed.
    Chick starter (and most other chicken feed) is formulated to be the sole ration as a complete feed.
    Scratch is very low in protein, deficient in several essential amino acids and devoid of some vitamins and minerals chickens need.
    The purpose of scratch is to spread a handful on the ground, thereby satisfying a chicken's innate desire to 'scratch' in the soil for their food.
    For example, mixing scratch 50:50 with feed will lower the protein content.
    Starter is 18% protein. Scratch is about 10%. Mixing them will net a diet of about 14% protein. That's much too low for growing birds or most other age groups.
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018 at 3:05 PM
  10. meetthebubus

    meetthebubus Crowing

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    I Dont know... I find it hard to think there is no ill effects, at least over time, the lining of the intestines, I mean chickens will eat things they shouldn't I'd say better safe than sorry!
     
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