Which Pigeon Food Can Be Toxic?

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In this article, we will tell you about the pigeons. We will discuss what kind of birds they are? In this article, we will deeply study toxic food items and also see which food can be toxic food for the pigeons. We will also elaborate on which food will be the best pigeon food? This article will also help you to find some interesting facts about pigeons.

When we talk about pigeon food, we normally observed that they are naturally seed eaters and they like to eat insects but in a small quantity. Pigeons food normally consists of wheat, cereals and other seeds. But there are some food items that can be toxic for the pigeons. They also like to eat lettuce, spinach, sprouted seeds, grapes, and apple.

food normally consists of wheat, cereals and other seeds. But there are some food items that can be toxic for the pigeons. They also like to eat lettuce, spinach, sprouted seeds, grapes, and apple.

What is Toxic Pigeon Food?

Food that contains natural substances covering a large variety of molecules. These molecules by fungi, algae, plants, or bacteria metabolism. The food that contains all such substances are known as toxic food. If these substances found in pigeon food we called them Toxic food for pigeons.

List of Toxic Food For The Pigeon

We will briefly elaborate on the Food items that can be toxic for the Pigeons.

  •  Avocado
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Salt
  • Onions And Garlic

1. Avocado

While avocados are vegetables, and generally vegetables are good as Pigeon Food but the leaves of the avocado plant contain persin, a fatty acid-like substance that kills fungus in the plant. When the pigeons used these fruits as food, this substance may cause heart damage, respiratory difficulty, weakness, and even sudden death. So Avocado is a toxic food item for the pigeons.

2. Caffeine 

Normally we all caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, and soft drinks because of their taste we like to drink these beverages. For Pigeons, even a sip or two of these drinks can be toxic. These drinks can increase heart rate, induce arrhythmias and hyperactivity, and even cause cardiac arrest in Pigeons. So, avoid the caffeinated products, and give water or an occasional taste of fruit juice for your thirsty bird.

3. Chocolate

Like humans, Pigeons have a hard time resisting chocolate or chocolate-containing foods. However, even in very small amounts, chocolate can be toxic as Pigeon food. Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, increase heart rate, resulting in hyperactivity, induce tremors and seizures, and even cause death in Pigeons.

4. Salt

We normally add salt in every food item which we cooked for us but A Common saying ” Excess of Everything is Bad”. Too much use of salt can harmful to your health but here we are talking about the pigeon food so the salt in little amount can cause his death. Even one salty chip or pretzel can upset the electrolyte and fluid balance in a pigeon’s tiny body, leading to excessive thirst, dehydration, kidney failure, and death.

5. Onions And Garlic

Onions and garlic as pigeon food can be healthy for the birds but somehow these food items can be toxic for pigeons. Onion contains sulfur compounds that, when they chewed, can irritate the lining of a pigeon’s mouth, esophagus, or crop, causing ulcers, and can induce rupture of red blood cells resulting in anemia. Garlic contains allicin, another chemical that can cause anemia and weakness in pigeons.

Other Food Items Toxic For The Pigeon

  • Fats
  • Fruit Pits
  • Apple Seeds
  • Xylitol 

Here some of the food items that can dangerous for the pigeons. If you have a Pigeon as a pet you must be very careful about his diet. You can freely contact us on Facebook and Twitter If you have any queries about this topic.

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