Feeding Pigeons

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Nadine83, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. Nadine83

    Nadine83 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 8, 2015
    New York State
    I'm in the process of ordering some new pigeons. I currently raise other birds such as budgies and doves. I know what the basic feeding requirements for pigeons. However, I'm not sure about how good insects are for pigeons. I breed crickets and meal worms for other animals, I also get freeze dried ones in on occasion to mix with dry feeds when my stock of live insects gets low. I know there good for chickens and other poultry, but when I inquire about feeding them to pigeons I've been getting mixed reviews. I was wondering how many people would recommend feeding crickets and meal worms to pigeons as an added source of protein every now and again or even with every day feeding.? Has anyone done this? If so, on a scale of 1-10 what would your recommendation be for adding them to the diet?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] It will be interesting to see how folks respond to your question. In my experience pigeons are exclusively seed eaters rather than omnivores like other poultry/birds. Curious to see what others have noted.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    I would think pigeons eat the occasional insect when they are foraging in the grass. (I do not know for positive sure.) I will be following this thread I am interested in finding out what you determine. The birds will let you know first hand what they think of the idea I am thinking.

    I would give it a try personally.
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  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Pigeons are seed eaters. They are truly vegetarian. They will not naturally seek out and eat any insects or animals.

    However, if they were really hungry (like the feral pigeons you see in the city) they will eat just about anything.. from pastry, bread, meat pies and ice cream... but these foods are not good for them.

    Just feed you pigeons a pigeon seed mix, pigeon grit, oyster shell, and fresh water. They will thrive on this diet.

    Natural sunlight is also very important for them.. to give them vitamin D and help them absorb calcium. Most pet pigeons are kept in lofts and are allowed time to free fly.. sunbath, etc.. or they have an outdoor flight.

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