People spoil their cats and dogs with treats, so why not spoil your pet pigeon too? Well, you may be wondering, “What kind of treats do pigeons eat?” The first thing you can do to find out is to experiment and see what your pigeon likes. But I’m going to put you on the right track with some basic suggestions.
Bread makes a good snack for people and pigeons! However, young pigeons may need you to wet the bread before eating it. Give this treat to your pigeons in moderation because it is not the most nutritious thing for them.
People have mixed feelings about tuna. Some do not have enough and others move away from it. Your pet pigeon is the same way. Try giving tuna a treat for your pigeon one day and see how they like it.
Cereals like Cheerios or Chex can be tasty for your pet pigeon. If you think the pieces are too large, crush them. Again, you may want to wet the cereals for the young pigeons. Obviously avoid sugary cereals.
A boiled egg
While it may seem strange to feed an egg-laying creature, go for it. Pet pigeons like a good boiled egg. But don’t waste – give them the eggshell too. The shell contains calcium which is good for your pigeons, especially females. Warning: avoid giving them raw eggs. They can start eating the eggs they lay if you do. It is a recipe for some very unhappy mom pigeons.
Nuts and seeds
If you know a lot about pigeon care, you are already feeding them a balanced diet. Try giving them nuts and seeds that aren’t part of their regular seed mix. They will appreciate the change. Crush nuts that are too large for them to eat whole. Pigeons like raw peanuts, but you should also experiment with other nuts. Be sure to feed only raw, unsalted nuts and seeds. If you can’t find any unsalted product, just wash it in the sink.
Especially sunflower or safflower seeds
Your pigeon will not have survived until it tries sunflower seeds. My pigeons tread on them as quickly as possible and want more. They just don’t have enough. Make sure the seeds are not salted, the salted ones can hurt your pigeon. Look in the bulk food section of the grocery store for unsalted sunflower seeds.
Pigeons like to eat vegetables such as kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and sprouts. Experiment with them to find exactly the ones your pet pigeon likes. However, it is safer not to give them potatoes, some parts of a potato can be toxic to birds.
Cut a few grapes in half and they will make an all-time favorite pigeon. Almost all fruit will work, however. This is another time when experimentation is a must.
Do not abandon!
Some birds can be tricky, so if you don’t find what they like right away, don’t be discouraged. Just keep trying different pigeon treats until you find the right one.