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What do pigeons and doves eat??

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by StevenW., Dec 16, 2010.

  1. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    Just curious.... Would to get a pair next year or somethin [​IMG]

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    chicken food!

    At least all of the wild pigeons and doves in my neighborhood come to my house and eat chicken food.
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    I feed my pigeons a wild game mix (and they steal chicken feed, too) and my doves get parakeet seed and chick starter. The doves also get veggies that the parrots don't finish.
  4. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
  5. puredelite

    puredelite Songster

    Most feed companys make a pigeon grain or pellet but they are expensive. Where I live there is a feed sold for game chickens called "Upper-Cut" that is mostly different grains( wheat, corn, milo, peas,etc.) and small pellets. It is not too costly and my pigeons do well on it. You can also buy what is termed "scratch grain" that is cracked corn and wheat and mix it with wild bird seed. Don't forget that pigeons & doves also need a grit for digestion. Hope this helps you!
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I feed mine a mix of cheap "bird seed" and Flock Raiser 20% pellets and they do fine
  7. Ohne-Fehler

    Ohne-Fehler Chirping

    May 23, 2010
    I feed a pigeon mix that I pick up at my local feed store, its called Northwood Farm Pigeon Mix. I know that Purina also makes a mix if your local Purina carrier doesnt have it in stock they can get it. Pigeon mix is far more expensive than chicken feed, I am paying $35 for 50 pounds of it. However I only have a single pair of pigeons at the moment so as long as you keep it dry it will last for a long time. I have fed wild bird seed when I cant get pigeon mix. Also my birds love millet, but i just give them that as a treat. Just keep in mind that pigeons and chickens have different needs.

  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    My pigeons are kept with my quail & get 50% scratch & 50% gamebird crumbles. Pigeons can survive on dirt if that's all they have to eat! [​IMG]
  9. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    lots of folks tend to stay away from cracked corn for pigeons as it tends to give them sour crop.

    Mine get what all my birds get...I mix grains and such together. Milo, wheat, corn, cat food, rabbit feed, sun flower, rolled oats...
  10. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    Could I just give them Bird feed for like parakeets,finches, and etc?

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