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Last Post 14-06-2012 5:18 AM by  Margy
Dried Peppers.. something to consider!!!
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13-06-2012 11:19 PM

     Hi Everyone..

    i know i am not around very much & probably miss out on a lot due to my reluctance of joining FB, but am still here lurking  . As usual the flock is keeping me busy and are all well & happy especially now they are finally able to spend their days outside in the play aviary..

    Anyway reason i am posting today... We all know the dangers of Peanuts in Shells ( Monkey nuts ) and the risk to our FIDs of possibly contracting  Aspergillosis BUT has anyone else considered  Peppers as a possible risk also??  The dried out ones which come in some seed mixes and can also be bought separately. i have only recently re introduced these to the flock as i have been buying J & J Low sunflower African grey mix to add to their Tidy-mix. Out of habit anything that is in a shell or pod i always split the peppers prior to mixing them in and whilst the majority of them are nice and clean inside i have had a couple recently that contained a grey mold type dust similar to that found in monkey nuts. 

    So anyone who feeds them to their birds, please take a few extra minutes and split the cases and check them as a precaution.. You may find perhaps only 1 in 50 that is dusty inside but that 1 could contain the spores that result in your bird developing Aspergillosis.. 

    shaz & the flock. x

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    13-06-2012 11:53 PM
    Hi Shaz. Nice to hear from you. Hope you and the flock are all OK.

    Thanks for sharing this information with everyone. I do not think we can stress enough or indeed too often, the risk of contracting apergillosis. I only use seed (AS20) for visiting birds and have never thought of breaking open the peppers, but will now!
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    14-06-2012 5:18 AM
    We feed ours sacks full of peppers and they eat them all the time. Just lately though there have been rather a lot of peppers that either look mouldy or just not nice! they are also very dry and brittle, especially the J & J ones.

    We have complained to our local suppliers and have taken may back......so yes, we do go and look at all of them before the birdies get a bite...........the ones we've missed they won't eat.
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