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How to Make Pigeon Feed

| Updated September 26, 2017

How to Make Pigeon Feed. It may surprise people to discover that pigeons can be kept as pets. Pigeons are calm birds that are easily trained and inexpensive to maintain. White pigeons can be found at weddings in place of doves for the ceremonial release into the air. Pigeon feed can be easily mixed together from various ingredients.

Determine what type of grains to include in a batch of pigeon feed. Common ingredients include oats, Australian peas, Maple peas, Canadian peas, garden peas, cowpeas, yellow corn, millet, barley, flaxseed, vetch and popcorn.

Maintain at least 15-17% protein in pigeon feed. Protein and carbohydrates make up the bulk of pigeon feed. A small amount of fiber is important. Higher amounts can be fed to pigeons that are involved in racing.

Mix ingredients together and store in a loosely-covered, dry container. Keep a scoop inside the container for easy distribution of pigeon feed.

Note some unusual facts about pigeons: They'll eat anything! Humans have 9,000 taste buds, pigeons have only 37. Pigeons have great eyes. They can see ultraviolet light. Most birds take a sip of water and toss their heads back to drink. Pigeons can use their beaks like a straw to suck up water.


  • Some pigeons can fly up to 50 miles per hour. "Rock Dove" is the name for common pigeon. Small corn is often recommended but pigeons can handle regular-sized and large kernels as well.


  • Avoid using white corn in feed due to its low protein count. Avoid using feed that is moldy from poor storage.