Pigeons are probably one of the most difficult birds to nurture. If you are planning to raise a baby pigeon as a pet or already have one at home, remember to keep a few important points in mind. If you have more than one bird, give each one enough space to move around and grow. Never crowd them together in a single cage or confine them for long hours in crowded places.
Provide them enough room to fly around. This will help them to develop their wing muscles which are very important for their survival. If they are being raised in cages, make sure the cage is at least 12 feet long and 6 feet wide. It is advisable to cover the floor of the cage with sand and lime or concrete. This will reduce your cleaning workload.
Pigeons love to have a dip in water and clean themselves up, so provide a small bowl of water which will allow them to take a dip once in a while. Change the water periodically. Perches are a must for birds and pigeons are no different. Place the perches along sides of the loft.
Gray peas are perfect for pigeons. These may become quite hard in winter so it is advisable to replace it with tick beans. You can also add barley to add variety to the diet. Mixed peas, corn and wheat can also be included in the diet. Canary and millets are perfect for smaller birds. You can experiment with other types of grains but remember to consult a specialist before doing so.
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