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  1. #9
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    Nicos is online now 'Allo 'Allo !
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    So...add chilli to the birdfeed!
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  2. #10
    fishpond is offline Cropper
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicos View Post
    Here's a brill reply from the RSPB site.....

    "Birds are not affected by "capsaicin" - the active ingredient in chilli peppers. Research has shown that there is no evidence that birds code capsaicin as an irritant at concentrations as high as 20,000 ppm (the hottest chilli is about 2,000 ppm). Mammals, such as squirrels and rats, reject capsaicin concentrations as low as 1-10 ppm

    The reason behind it is evolutionary....Most botanists and ornithologists believe that chilli peppers evolved this way so that small mammals would avoid the hot taste, while birds freely eat the pungent pepper pod thereby resulting in wider ranging dispersal of the seeds to ensure the natural growth and long term survival of the chilli pepper plant.

    Chilli pepper seeds consumed by birds pass through the digestive tract unharmed, whereas those consumed by mammals do not germinate at all. The presence of capsaicin in the fruits therefore protects them from being consumed by mammals, which have molars that can kill seeds.

    Studies show that mammals, including squirrels, have receptors on the tongue and in the mouth that react to chilli peppers by sending heat signals to the brain. Although there's no actual damage, the sensation makes it seem as though the mouth is on fire (much the same as ourselves). Birds lack the receptors that make chewing chilli peppers such an eye-watering experience for mammals -- they can eat peppers all day long and never feel a thing! "

    from this link about squirrels!....
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    simonb6714 is offline Germinator
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    Rats are social animals and live in packs so there are most likely at least several more. Usually at least one dominant male with several femals. Although you may get lucky and it could be a lone male looking to start his own.

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