Mixing own feed

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by MaineahMidwife, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. MaineahMidwife

    MaineahMidwife Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone have thoughts about mixing your own pigeon feed? I have family members who are highly allergic to any grains. Since we are planning to raise squab, the pigeons would have to eat only seeds/fruits/veggies(no grain).... We are looking into mixing our own feed (no corn/wheat/oats). We also give a vitamin/mineral supplement. We were thinking of using canadian peas, millet, flax, safflower seed, sunflower seed, milo and hemp seed.... any suggestion on ratio of each or additions/changes to this? Or do you know of a premade food that has no corn/wheat?
     
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Grains are seeds [​IMG] Are they allergic to everything about them? The dust, etc?
     
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  3. MaineahMidwife

    MaineahMidwife Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually there are differences, a quick search can reveal this... all grains contain some amount of gluten.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I was just saying grains are a type of seed. Grains, nuts, and beans are all seeds but not all seeds are grains, nuts, or beans. Grains are grass seeds, nuts are tree seeds, and so on...
     
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  6. Evan W

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    Gluten does not pass thru to the meat of the animal or bird. The only reason to feed gluten free grains would be if you can't keep the feed in a separate place away from your family to avoid cross contamination.
     
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  7. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea try GMO free corn wheat soy peanuts etc.. they oddly mostly don't bother people, but hard to find as many packaging's lie saying no GMO. If it's different thing then yes you can wear mask and gloves when feeding and cleaning. If wild bird seed wouldn't bother your family then try that as alternative suppliment in feed.
     
  8. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    The people allergic to grains will have no problems eating pigeons fed on grains.... they are eating pigeon meat... no grains!


    Before the protein from the grains is absorbed into the pigeons flesh it is broken down into single amino acids or short peptide acids... so no longer gluten. Don't worry.
     

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