Pigeons

What they eat:

Pigeons primarily eat grain, seeds and fruits eaters.

However, most times, pigeons eat food intentionally or unintentionally left behind by people. They feed on garbage, livestock manure, insects, bread crumbs and littered food.

Pigeons require about an ounce of water per day.

Where they tend to live:

Habitat pigeons are highly dependent on humans to provide them with food and sites for roosting, loafing, and nesting.

Pigeons are commonly found around farm yards, grain elevators, feed mills, parks, city buildings, bridges, and other structures.

Pigeons do not migrate.

Nesting Habits:

Pigeons normally occupy any areas where openings allow for roosting, loafing and nest building.  Their nests normally consist of twigs, clumped up grass and sticks. This allows the pigeons to build crude platforms on which to lay their eggs on.

A pigeon normally lays between 1 and 3 white eggs.

Nesting periods are usually between 25 and 32 days.

Pigeons reuse their nests multiple times. Their nests grow into sturdy mounds with time, sometimes incorporating unhatched eggs and corpses of dead nestlings.

Possible Health Concerns and Damage related to Pigeons:

The acidic nature of pigeon droppings can deface and accelerate the deterioration of buildings, greatly increasingly the cost of maintenance. Bird droppings in large amounts may even kill vegetation and can, overtime, produce foul odours.

Pigeons also carry and spread diseases to humans and livestock through their droppings. 

Additionally, the ectoparasites of pigeons include various species of fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and other biting insects, some of which are known to bite people.

Pigeons located around airports can also be a threat to human safety because of potential bird-aircraft collisions.

Lockbird Pigeon

Lockbird recommends the following deterrent strategy:

Spikes: The use of spikes is a great way to deter pigeons from resting and nesting in designated areas.

Avoid feeding them at all costs: As previously mentioned in one of our blogs, creating a hostile environment for these birds will motivate them to leave. Not feeding them is a key component of a successful strategy.

Lockbird Handswipe: Probably one of the most effective bird deterrent tools out there, the Lockbird Handswipe can be use to scare pigeons in ''safety zones'' hard to reach. The long distance range of the laser will leave them no place to hide.