Pepper toy for 'tiel?

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Pepper toy for 'tiel?

Post by Shannon Larki » Tue, 16 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Hi all!

My 'tiel, Birdy, has recently found an interest in a ristra of dried
chile peppers that I have drying on the wall near her cage.  As she has
expressed so little interest in commercial toys, I would love to make
her a bird toy out of (homegrown) superchiles, if she's so entertained
by them.  My question is this:

Is there any reason NOT to let her play with dried peppers?
What should I "string" the peppers with (I'm assuming regular cotton
thread to a little too dangerous for a chewing beak)  Wooden skewers?
Metal skewers?  Wire?

You can email me directly, if you think nobody else has an interest in
pepper-eating birds.

-Shannon (and Birdy)
To respond, please remove the anti-spam from my address.  Thank you.


Pepper toy for 'tiel?

Post by Mr. Jy » Tue, 16 Sep 1997 04:00:00

My birds really seem to enjoy dried peppers also. I see no problem
feeding home grown dried pepers as long as no pesticides or other
chemicals were used in the garden.  I usually just put them in their
food dishes.  To hang them in the cage you may want to use a clip sold
to hold millet or they also sell metal "skewers"  with***on ball
ends for fresh fruits and veggies or for homemade toys.



Pepper toy for 'tiel?

Post by HintonD » Thu, 18 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Birds love peppers and eat them like lettuce. The "heat" doesn't affect
birds. A favorite toy around my flights has always been a small length of
chain with several***eyes attached. Then you can***on the peppers
or whatever.


Pepper toy for 'tiel?

Post by PepprLa » Thu, 18 Sep 1997 04:00:00

>Is there any reason NOT to let her play with dried peppers?

Actually chiles are very good for birds, an integral part of their wild
diet. Chiles are very high in Vitamin A and for the most part they love
them.  Theoretically the birds don't taste the "hot" that we humans do.  I
think a metal skewer or clip would be best (I use an old pair of little
hemostats. LOL!) String or wire might get those little feet caught.  If you
do chose to dry the chiles for future use, please put them in the freezer
for a week unwrapped or you may end up with a moth infestation.