GENERAL PIGEONS CARE | TIPS ON FEEDING PIGEONS

During the time the pigeon you rescued is recovering, suggested containers are a wicker cat basket. rabbit hutch, shed or large box with strips cut away to permit light. Newspaper bedding is the most suitable but needs regular changing! Give mixed corn, bird grit and fresh water in a heavy bowl. If rehabilitation in an aviary is not possible, a spare room or garage allows one to tell if the pigeon can fly properly prior to release. Perfect weather conditions for this are sunny and windless, preferably not in winter. Release near an existing flock where water is always available.
TIPS ON FEEDING PIGEONS
For food, feral pigeons rely on our generosity and wasteful ways. In the pigeon's interest it is important not to throw food where notices prohibit it, such as railway station forecourts etc. Doing so will attract a large flock and consequently adverse attention from authorities who can and will take action to the pigeon's detriment.
Safe sites are open spaces and parks. It is best not to feed bread near gutters as hungry birds will be tempted to follow stray crumbs into the path of traffic. If you can, feed mixed corn (from pet shops). It is nutritionally superior and is quickly consumed with less risk of crusts being left to encourage rats and still more unsympathetic notice.
Feeding is especially appreciated in the winter months, and water should be provided in gardens as all species drink freely and enjoy bathing.
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