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Re: birds - chocolate

On Sun, Jun 28th, 2015 at 5:19 AM, Hammer <hammeris1@att.net> wrote:

> Any cat, and 99% of the canines I've ever offered (small, very small) pieces 
> of chocolate to,
> turned up their noses and ignored it. (Yes, I know about dogs and chocolate.) 
>  Has anyone ever
> had a bird peck at chocolate?  Not hiding it among chicken pellets or 
> something like that - more
> like they gobbled up an M&M.  Just curious - velociraptor eating the Baby 
> Ruth in the novel "The
> Lost World."    :-)

Newly hatched chickens will peck at just about anything small enough to 
swallow, until they learn 
what is and isn't appetising. A young dromaeosaur might have had an equally 
adventurous palate if 
they were omnivores. If they were hyper-carnivores like felines then they may 
not have payed 
much attention to anything that didn't smell like an animal product.

As far as dogs and chocolate go; my family had a dog who loved chocolate, and 
would eat it at 
every opportunity (and lived to a ripe old age doing so). She became a 
notorious chocolate thief. 
She once got into a packet of chocolate-covered licorice bullets, somehow 
managing to suck the 
chocolate off them and spit out the licorice pieces.


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj