what do pigeon's eat?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Rae_37066, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Rae_37066

    Rae_37066 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    Gallatin, TN
    My hubby brought a pigeon home from work that was burnt from the furnace at work his wings and tail feathers are singed pretty bad and he/she can only fly about 10 feet and can't fly up high at all. so he brought him home. I gave him some duck food and cracked corn, grit and water. What do pigeons eat?
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I'm NO expert here but I fed mine a mixture of wild bird seed, calcium, boiled chopped up eggs etc. Poor guy im glad you guys took him home [​IMG]
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Cracked corn is bad for pigeons, it can cause sour crop. A breeder friend of mine told me to feed them bird seed, mixed with sunflower seeds and black beans for protein, just so long as the seed doesn't have cracked corn [​IMG] There is a special kind of grit you can get that is made especially for pigeons that has calcium in it. There is also a pelleted pigeon food, but they really like seeds better.
  4. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    Pigeons have a largely low or non-fibre diet.Grains should be fed the most. Dried field peas make an excellent staple food, Corn is an excellent winter feed as it is readily stored in the pigeon's body as fat, but it shouldnt be overfed. They also eat sorghum & barley.
    I fed a mixture of 30% peas, 30% corn, 30% sorghum and 10% hard wheat. Alot of feedstores carry pigeon mix.
    Theres also pigeon pellet,but I dont like thosey have alot of meat by-products in them.
    They need grit, The best grit is hard granite or quartz.Pigeons also like salt and will readily attack salt blocks such as those made for horses and sheep.
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  5. Rae_37066

    Rae_37066 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    Gallatin, TN
    Quote:I will find out about that grit today I gave him the oyster shell grit that I have for my chickens. and I will pick him up some food today. Thanks for all the answers
  6. Rae_37066

    Rae_37066 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    Gallatin, TN
    One other question. How long will it take for his feather's to grow back? Should I trim them? They look like lace from being singed so bad.
  7. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    I feed mine a wild bird seed mix with added Safflower seeds.

    Give him plenty of water they drink alot [​IMG]

    Yes you can trim the singed feathers i don't know how long it would take for them to grow back.
    They may not grow back till he molts.
  8. bethgranberg

    bethgranberg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    I have a white dove that is over 23 years old- I have always fed him the Kaytee Dove food usually found in the wild bird section at feed or pet stores -I think it may be for Pigeons as well. He has become very picky and will only eat this food! I am not an expert but I would probably just leave his feathers for the time being, my dove repairs his feather on his own rather quickly. Poor little guy. I hope he gets better.
  9. chinbunny1

    chinbunny1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    I feed mine regular pigeon food, grit, and oyster shell. You shoul dbe able find those at any feed store.
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:You can pull the bad flight feathers, then they will grow back in 6 weeks. if not you will have to wait for him to molt(months)

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