My chickens ate a pigeon.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TheOrganicSister, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. TheOrganicSister

    TheOrganicSister New Egg

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    For about a week, pigeons were somehow getting into the coop/run. I'm assuming they were after the feed/scratch. We kept covering areas we thought they were squeezing through with no luck.

    I went out the other morning and found the chickens had attacked, killed and were picking the meat off a pigeon. I removed it. But I'm wondering if this is healthy or dangerous, if I should throw away the eggs or if this has ever been heard of?

    Needless to say, we haven't seen another pigeon in their coop. (Or any remains either, thankfully.) So at least they seemed to have taken care of that problem.
     
  2. hrmalexandra

    hrmalexandra Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't imagine it's dangerous for them ... they are omnivores by nature and if you search around the site you will see posts about chickens eating mice, fish leftovers, etc.
     
  3. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    [​IMG] Bird killing chickens, who knew! [​IMG]

    I mean, I knew they would eat lizards and toads, etc, but a pigeon... WOW!
     
  4. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
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    Quote:Yes, mine had some leftover fish sticks this morning and devoured them. They LOVE meat treats! But fresh, raw pigeon... that's just gross.
     
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Squab anyone?
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a hard time believing the chickens would have killed the pigeon.
    More likely is that it simply died while in the coop.
     
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Chickens have been known to kill each other. I think they could kill a pigeon.
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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  9. TheOrganicSister

    TheOrganicSister New Egg

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    Quote:Well, this would worry me even more. That *could* mean it was sick and I shudder to think the chickens ate a diseased pigeon. (barf)

    Would it be wiser to throw away the eggs or just make sure they are cooked thoroughly, like hard-boiled?
     
  10. tiffster011

    tiffster011 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think there will be any problem with your eggs. I don't think I would leave the pigeon there for very long, because it will get bacteria growing through it as it decomposes. I am pretty impressed that your chickens took down a pigeon!! Crazy tough birds!
     

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