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Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving, both from heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and from increased research into birds’ different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

Several types of commercially formulated pelleted diets in various colors, shapes, and sizes have been developed to meet all birds’ nutritional needs. Pellets should ideally represent approximately 50% of a pigeon’s diet along with small amounts of seed and fresh produce. Finely chopped vegetables and greens, plus smaller amounts of fruit, should be offered as part of a pigeon’s or dove’s daily diet. Unlike hook-billed parrots, pigeons and doves have small beaks, so vegetables and fruits should be shred or cut up into tiny, manageable pieces. Fruits and vegetables should be offered inaseparatedish from pellets and other foods.Ifyourbirdappearsto developaparticularfancyforonefooditem,reduceitsvolume,orstopfeedingittemporarilytopromotetheconsumptionofother foods. Some birds enjoy a very tiny amount of lean cooked meat, fish, egg or cheese occasionally. Specific vitamins or minerals may be more important at various times during a bird’s life (e.g., egg laying requires calcium supplementation). To aid in the breakdown of food, pigeons and doves may be offered a small amount of crushed eggshell or digestible oyster shell grit which can also serve as a source of calcium. Many birds will, in fact, have gastrointestinal problems if they overeat grit, so only digestible oyster shell should be offered.

What can I feed doves?

Doves should be offered 15-25% pelleted-based diet and 50-60% bird seed. ….Feed your dove dark, leafy greens and vegetables every other day..Once a week, feed your dove fruit such as berries, melon and kiwi.

What food do doves like best?

Providing a range of grains and seeds is a sure way to attract doves, and they are partial to sunflower seeds, millet, milo, cracked corn, and wheat. Because these are larger birds, they prefer feeding on the ground or using large, stable tray or platform feeders that have adequate room to perch.

What food do doves not like?

Try offering foods that they typically don’t eat including peanuts in the shell, Bark Butter, suet, mealworms, BirdBerry Jelly, fruit and nectar. You can also try offering foods that doves and pigeons have a hard time eating including Cylinders and Stackables™.

How do I attract doves to my backyard?

Doves are ground-feeding birds that primarily consume seeds. Attract them to your yard by scattering millet, sunflower and safflower seed on the ground in open places. Alternatively, you can use platform feeders placed close to the ground to contain the seed.

Mourning doves are delicate, delightful birds that are welcome in any birder’s backyard. They can be shy birds, and a bit harder to attract than other wild birds. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can attract the beautiful birds all year round.

Mourning doves like to perch on clotheslines, telephone wires, or rest on bare patches of the ground. Their nests tend to be loose and messy, built on tree limbs or ledges around your home. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need for backyard bird watching.

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Feeding Pigeons and Doves

General Information

Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving, both from heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and from increased research into birds’ different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

Should I be concerned about what my pigeon or dove eats?

Proper nutrition is commonly neglected and critically important with pet birds. You should discuss nutritional needs with your veterinarian. Too often, owners assume they are feeding a proper diet to their pigeon or dove when, in fact, they are not. Poor nutrition is a common reason for many health problems in birds. Birds’ health depends on how well they are fed, so it is essential that bird owners are educated about what to feed their birds. Bird owners should stay in contact with their avian veterinarians to stay current on their birds’ nutritional needs.

What do wild pigeons and doves eat?

Wild pigeons and doves eat a variety of grains, seeds, greens, berries, fruits, and will occasionally eat insects, snails and earthworms.

What about people food?

Pigeons have traditionally been fed all-seed diets. Commercially available seed mixes for pigeons may contain 2-5 different kinds of seeds. However, the seeds tend to be high-fat and nutrient-deficient and are not the same kinds of seeds that wild pigeons eat. Seeds are also deficient in calcium, vitamin A, and other nutrients. Many times, these seed mixes are fed as the only source of food, leading to ill health and potentially, a shortened lifespan. Seeds can be part of a pigeon’s diet but should not comprise the entire diet.There are pigeon diets available that contain some seed plus grains. Some are also enriched with brewer’s yeast plus vitamins and minerals. Different diet formulations exist for performance birds, resting birds, and breeding birds. The problem with offering pigeons and doves diets containing seeds is that they selectively eat only the seeds and do not get any of the nutritional benefits from the pellets.
Several types of commercially formulated pelleted diets in various colors, shapes, and sizes have been developed to meet all birds’ nutritional needs. Compared with parrots (hook-billed birds), pigeons and doves have very small beaks and do best with small-sized pellets. Hand raised babies are the easiest to start on a pelleted diet. Pellets should ideally represent approximately 50% of a pigeon’s diet along with small amounts of seed and fresh produce.
Finely chopped vegetables and greens, plus smaller amounts of fruit, should be offered as part of a pigeon’s or dove’s daily diet. Pale vegetables, with a high water composition (i.e., iceberg or head lettuce, celery) offer very little nutritional value and should not be offered.Fruits and vegetables must be washed thoroughly to remove chemicals. Unlike hook-billed parrots, pigeons and doves have small beaks, so vegetables and fruits should be shred or cut up into tiny, manageable pieces. Fruits and vegetables should be offered in a separate dish from pellets and other foods. If your bird appears to develop a particular fancy for one food item, reduce its volume, or stop feeding it temporarily to promote the consumption of other foods.
Fresh clean water must be available at all times. Depending on the quality of your tap water, you might consider the use of bottled water. Dishes must be cleaned thoroughly every day with soap and water.

Will my bird have any different needs throughout its life?

Birds that are extremely young, stressed, injured, laying eggs or raising young may have certain special requirements. There are specially formulated pelleted foods available for birds with specific nutritional requirements. Consult your veterinarian regarding these situations.

Does my pigeon or dove need gravel or grit?

Your veterinarian can help you assess your bird’s diet and its particular needs. In general, birds that are eating pellets as the basis of their diets do not need supplements. Specific vitamins or minerals may be more important at various times during a bird’s life (e.g., egg laying requires calcium supplementation). Calcium supplements are available if your bird is determined to be deficient.

Learn how to attract mourning doves in your backyard with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Mourning doves are delicate, delightful birds that are welcome in any birder’s backyard. They can be shy birds, and a bit harder to attract than other wild birds. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can attract the beautiful birds all year round.

Feed

In order to attract mourning doves, you’ll need a variety of grains and feed. They enjoy millet, cracked corn, wheat, and sunflower seeds. Due to their larger size, mourning doves need to feed on platform feeders or tray feeders. They’re also partial to feeding on the ground as long as it’s relatively clean of seed husks.You can also plant berry bushes or seed-bearing flowers for another food source. Once the birds have a reliable food source, they’ll keep coming back to that same spot.

Water

All birds need a water source for drinking and bathing. Providing all your backyard birds with fresh, clean water in a bird bath is a great way to start. Adding a water feature or running water can also encourage birds to visit.