He may look majestic, but don’t be fooled–he’s actually a total dork. He likes to try to fight my green boots, and he has a grudge against one of my other roosters (who is in a separate pen, so they can’t properly fight, but inexplicably they make a big, dramatic attempt at a battle every single morning). He sounds like he’s constantly chortling about something or another and he gets excited about just about everything. If I walk across the property, he’ll often follow me (delayed) at a breakneck run with his wings outstretched. He’s pretty friendly, but if he gets worked up sometimes he’ll bite my hand and not want to let go. He thinks he’s hot shit and it cracks me up. I love carrying him around and talking to him.
I put him in the garage at night for his safety, and he waits on a section of fence right near the garage for me to put him away every night.
Anyway, I just wanted to share him with the world, because he’s a chaotic but hilarious and fun guy.
So @ramseyringnecks often has to remind people that you can’t feed pigeons leafy greens, vegetables, or fruits, and this is why:
The cecum is an organ that’s responsible for breaking down leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, and fibrous plant material.
Chickens are omnivores that naturally eat bugs, fruits, small animals, grasses, leaves, and just about anything they can find. As you can see above, they’re so adept at grazing on plants that they have two caeca (cecum plural), and they’re BIG. Every so often they expel a brown slimy excrement that is them clearing out a cecum.
Pigeons on the other hand are pure grain and seed eaters. They have a cecum…but much like a dog it’s a little itty bitty blip of an organ near their rectum. They can’t extract hardly any nutrients from leaves or fruits, and attempting to is just hard on their body and wastes energy. They are designed to efficiently break down grains and seeds and shouldn’t eat anything else. A healthy diet for a pigeon consists of a variety of 5 or more seeds and grains, the more of a variety the better but ONLY seeds or grains (with grit and oyster/egg shell of course). In fact, pigeons aren’t grazers like chickens, so another big difference is that they shouldn’t have free choice of food; they should eat in meals unless they’re young and learning to eat on their own or sick.