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How Worth it is Raising Squab?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Omniskies, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

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    I've read a little about raising pigeons for meat. To be honest, the only thing that appeals to me so far is the lack of maintenance. From what I'm reading, you toss the pigeons in a pen with nest boxes, provide them with food and water, then harvest two pounds of meat per pair every two months.

    That doesn't sound like a lot of meat if a lot of work and money has to go into caring for the birds.

    I suppose the best way to word this is how worth it is raising squab? Is the meat good enough and cost effective enough to justify using the space for pigeons instead of some other bird?

    Also, can pigeons be raised alongside chickens? We have a large pen that is 10-12' high and completely wired in. Some of our chickens sleep in there at night. Being able to make pigeon lofts near the top without having to worry about diseases spreading to the chickens would be nice.

    Pigeon lovers: talk me into pigeons? [​IMG]
     
  2. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

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    Would this be better off in the meat birds section? I thought I had seen meat pigeon breeders on this forum somewhere.
     
  3. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    I'm interested in this too.
     

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