Are pigeons edible?

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Onebereal, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Onebereal

    Onebereal Monkey+

    Hello, 14 year old from North Africa. Thought I'd join these forums because I like the idea of trapping small game for food, always looking for new traps. I am currently catching birds using metal snap traps. If I ever caught a pigeon, could I eat it? How would it taste.
    Sorry if this is the wrong section.
  2. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    All they are is "city doves".
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  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

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  4. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Show us your traps and tell us how they work...?
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  5. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Big doves. Clean well - they ARE scavengers.
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  6. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

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    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

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  8. Onebereal

    Onebereal Monkey+

    Here's a picture, it pretty much kills the bird instantly.

    But sometimes I want to catch the birds alive, so I right now I set up a new trap. I heard birds cant walk backwards, so I cut a 2 litter bottle and put a trail of bread leading into it.
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  9. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    A box held up with a stick works; when the bird is under the box eating the string is pulled.
    The meat is similar to duck or dark and fatty. Although it is good there isn't much meat available.

    In the 1950s, my father raced pigeons. As times were tight back then, we also ate them. :D
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  10. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

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  11. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    I would never willingly eat a city Pigeon... there's a reason people refer to them as rats with wings... plus with so many putting out poison for them you never know if your going to bite into a toxic bird... with that said...
    we NA's have our own way of snaring birds...
    Hopi Bird Snare with Tony Nester - YouTube
  12. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    OK I am totally trying that bird snare at work. We have about a 100 pigeons living in the truck bay and they crap all over the vehicles. It's disgusting.
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  13. GrandpaDave

    GrandpaDave Monkey++

    what you need is to crush up some alka seltzer... Mix it with bird seed and let then gorge themselves... might not kill em but they wont come back either
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  14. Matteo10572

    Matteo10572 Monkey+

    Where do you purchase those traps? What do you bait them with?
  15. Onebereal

    Onebereal Monkey+

    Replied to the message you sent me.

    I was curios will birds eat the salty sunflower seeds I buy from the store? Do I need to crush them up?
  16. tenderfoot

    tenderfoot Monkey+

    Are they edible? I suggest that given adequate hunger, many things (even some disgusting) are on the menu... if you can catch / prepare it properly.
  17. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    A couple splashes of Louisiana hot sauce makes pretty much anything edible IMO
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  18. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Perfect opportunity for an experiment. Set some out, see if they eat. Better yet, a golden opportunity to see what they prefer, set out a whole bunch of different stuff and see what goes first.
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  19. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    I use to know an old homless guy we would always check on him and take him a cheese burger and give him a blanket or something. One day he had a fire with what looked like a cornish hen. Smelled good he told us it was pigeon and he said the taste was kind of like a chicken just a little stringy. He said the trick was in cleaning it well and a little salt and pepper.
    I always thought in a survival situation that could be a option because here we have miles of railroad tracks. They eat the corn off top of the tank car so in certain places there are hundreds of them at any given time.
  20. Dogfood

    Dogfood Monkey+++

    Here they call them feathered rats. I think it would be better if possible to cage it to clean it out as you would a turtle. The kill trap is neat never see one like it my son is 14 and love to trap things. Would like to get him some to play with.
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