Diy Pigeon Feed?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Minutiae Manor, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Minutiae Manor

    Minutiae Manor In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2017
    Hello Everyone!

    I have many pigeons and feel like they are not getting the proper nutrition from the bird seed I am giving them. I am interested in making my own pigeon feed, and have heard of others doing it, would you share any recipes you have used or heard of others using? Thank you!
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  2. LamarshFish

    LamarshFish Songster

    Mar 26, 2015
    I am fortunate enough to live close to a feed company that makes three different pigeon specific feeds, so I just use those. But here is a link to some content on making your own feed, which I found useful:

    I also found the U.S. Army's field manual on homing pigeons to be useful in getting answers to questions like this, see link below:

    Pigeons' feed needs change throughout the year. For example, they may not want to touch corn during the summer, but the fat it has in it is useful to them in the winter and may be their grain of choice then. Many fanciers who choose to be picky about feeds change their formula based on time of the year and types of work their pigeons are performing.
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  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

    Oct 24, 2009
    Depends of what your birds are doing.... racing, breeding, moulting, or just relaxing as pets.

    Different activities need different feed mixes and nutrients.

    I can't get proper pigeon food in my country. So I have to mix my own. My birds are just fancy pigeons kept as pets. I feed them the following....

    Wild bird seed (without sunflower seeds)
    Dry green and yellow split peas
    Chicken layer pellets
    Peanuts (as treats and when moulting)

    Also give ACV in their water, chicken grit and oyster shell.

    They thrive on this diet and breed well too.
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