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What do pigeons and doves eat??

post #1 of 12
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Just curious.... Would to get a pair next year or somethin smile

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post #2 of 12

chicken food!

At least all of the wild pigeons and doves in my neighborhood come to my house and eat chicken food.

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post #3 of 12

I feed my pigeons a wild game mix (and they steal chicken feed, too) and my doves get parakeet seed and chick starter. The doves also get veggies that the parrots don't finish.

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post #4 of 12
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Thanks!

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post #5 of 12

Most feed companys make a pigeon grain or pellet but they are expensive. Where I live there is a feed sold for game chickens called "Upper-Cut" that is mostly different grains( wheat, corn, milo, peas,etc.) and small pellets. It is not too costly and my pigeons do well on it. You can also buy what is termed "scratch grain" that is cracked corn and wheat and mix it with wild bird seed. Don't forget that pigeons & doves also need a grit for digestion. Hope this helps you!

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post #6 of 12

I feed mine a mix of cheap "bird seed" and Flock Raiser 20% pellets and they do fine

post #7 of 12

I feed a pigeon mix that I pick up at my local feed store, its called Northwood Farm Pigeon Mix. I know that Purina also makes a mix if your local Purina carrier doesnt have it in stock they can get it. Pigeon mix is far more expensive than chicken feed, I am paying $35 for 50 pounds of it. However I only have a single pair of pigeons at the moment so as long as you keep it  dry it will last for a long time. I have fed wild bird seed when I cant get pigeon mix. Also my birds love millet, but i just give them that as a treat. Just keep in mind that pigeons and chickens have different needs.

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post #8 of 12

My pigeons are kept with my quail & get 50% scratch & 50% gamebird crumbles. Pigeons can survive on dirt if that's all they have to eat!  wink

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post #9 of 12

lots of folks tend to stay away from cracked corn for pigeons as it tends to give them sour crop.

Mine get what all my birds get...I mix grains and such together.  Milo, wheat, corn, cat food, rabbit feed, sun flower, rolled oats...

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post #10 of 12
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Could I just give them Bird feed for like parakeets,finches, and etc?

~Steven
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