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Old 06-18-2011, 03:38 PM
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I've been doing a bit of searching online but cannot find a satisfactory answer to my query as to weather or not city Pigeons are edible.
I've hunted/trapped Rabbit and Squirrel before and have been careful about prepping the meat. Are there any special steps to be taken with pigeon meat?
Have you eaten a city Pigeon?

Should be prepared just like a Dove, right?
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Sure they are edible, but because of their diet and fumes in the city they probably won't be as good as country birds. If you are starving I don't suppose it will matter though. And yes they may be prepared just like doves.
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They were the first casulties of stalingrad. Then came the bread with saw dust as a filler.
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What's the best method of take for a Pigeon in the city?

I was thinking along the lines of a seed baited rat trap that's anchored down.
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What's the best method of take for a Pigeon in the city?

I was thinking along the lines of a seed baited rat trap that's anchored down.
Dead on. Works good for tree rats as well. Just screw it to the tree with peanut butter on the trigger.
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Of course pigeons are edible. Their correct name is Rock Doves. The more salient question is have the pigeons been eating edible stuff.
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Come over and borrow my Gamo 1200 fsp pellet gun with the 4 power scope. Work like a champ. A little noisy, but works.
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Even if you don't eat 'em, do the world a favor and kill as many as you can anyway .
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when i was a kid the bums in NYC would catch and eat them. from what i recall someone made an ordinance prohibiting eating local wildlife...including squirells.
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I am sure they are but I would not eat a city rat with wings unless there was nothing else.
I used to work at a hospital and these rats with wings would gather around the trash from the hospital. The city dumps are full of them so you could find more there if needed. Not me.
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I've been doing a bit of searching online but cannot find a satisfactory answer to my query as to weather or not city Pigeons are edible.
I've hunted/trapped Rabbit and Squirrel before and have been careful about prepping the meat. Are there any special steps to be taken with pigeon meat?
Have you eaten a city Pigeon?

Should be prepared just like a Dove, right?
If you see "Squab" on a menu, that is pigeon. It is a delicious fatty meat.

As far as city pigeons, they ARE EDIBLE. But that doesn't mean they SHOULD BE eaten. Just like polluted fish, you can eat them, but too much can pass on sickness. Some may be fine and others may be polluted. It really isn't so much the food that they eat that makes me second guess, it is the water they drink. There is plenty of good food for them to eat in the city. But the water they drink from the puddles and street are probably highly polluted and often have oil floating on it.

I have eaten pigeon in Chinese restaurants in NYC. Very good. I HIGHLY DOUBT they got farm raised pigeons.... so yes I have eaten city pigeons lol

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I've been doing a bit of searching online but cannot find a satisfactory answer to my query as to weather or not city Pigeons are edible.
I've hunted/trapped Rabbit and Squirrel before and have been careful about prepping the meat. Are there any special steps to be taken with pigeon meat?
Have you eaten a city Pigeon?

Should be prepared just like a Dove, right?
Do americans still have lead in their petrol? city pigeons are full of heavy metals.
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I'd eat one, but wouldn't want a city pigeon. I've seen them eating asphalt, glass and trash all the time.
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Yuck. They eat trash all the time and they're full of diseases. Some call them flying rats. Personally I think that´s an insult to the rats.
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I won't eat them, but I used to work at a wastewater treatment plant. Which most citys have. I'll spare you the details of their diet.
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Had a neighbor once who shot pigeons around the yard and street with an air rifle to eat them.
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I think a lot of people would stop eating catfish if they saw what they ate off the bottom of the lake..............

Dang near everything is edible (think "Donner Party") if you don't think about anything other than it being needed nourishment.........
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cook the squab well......tasty!!!!!trust me....if not, ask chef of the stars..he will confirm...
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I won't eat them, but I used to work at a wastewater treatment plant. Which most citys have. I'll spare you the details of their diet.
Again, I don't worry to much about what they eat... their stomach acids will usually digest what is good and crap out what is not good. The problem is the water they drink. Filled with pesticides, toxic chemicals, water etc that is then absorbed into the bloodstream and then the flesh.
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perhaps a better idea would be to capture several of them, cage em' and let them breed with a controlled diet, then eat the offspring. They are a fast breeding and growing species. Just a thought
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