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Old 02-25-2014, 02:04 PM
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Default Trapping/Eating Wild Pigeons

OK... So there has been some things said about this recently....

I tried trapping "tree rats" on the old farm place, but it didn't work at all... Maybe they were too smart or trap weary for that... Or my equipment was too crude.... I had better luck shooting them....

Now.... I know you can harvest wild birds by what ever means, clean and go right to the pan..... But..... If you can have good luck live trapping them, is it better to confine them and feed them a little better diet than a wild diet ??

The thinking being investing in a small amount of feed and time resulting in a better tasting more nutritious meal ?? Kind of a "finishing out" before processing... ??

Experience ?? Thoughts ??
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:39 PM
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Pigeons and Doves are closely related, and taste the same.

I never noticed any difference in flavor based on their diets, since they still mostly eat grains and seeds whether you buy it or they find it themselves

On the other hand, I've seen my free ranging chickens kill and eat snakes and mice

With chickens, feeding corn will fatten them up, but birds that fly don't tend to put on layers of fat

If you raise pigeons to eat, they can be ready at about 4-5 weeks, and have eaten very little other than what the parents have fed them.

One other thing is, while it's legal in most places to trap wild pigeons, it may NOT be legal to trap "song birds" or "game birds" like Mourning Doves
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