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Raising Pigeons for Meat: Reviving the Forgotten Livestock [Kindle Edition]

Laura Wheeler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This unique book gives you the information you can't find online concerning raising Utility Pigeons on a small farm. Pigeons are a good option for raising meat in limited spaces, and for production of specialty eggs (they are popular in Asian cuisine). They can be raised on homegrown feed, and their diet supplemented with garden scraps and some kinds of table scraps. Pigeons are highly productive, and a pair can produce 12-16 squabs per year - one squab is one serving of meat, and can be stretched further.

Methods of raising them are explained, along with the pros and cons so you can make choices that fit your own situation. Raise them for home use, or for profit.

Selling live Pigeons, live or processed Squabs, selling Pigeon Eggs, Pigeon Manure, Pigeon Feathers, and even Animal Feed from Pigeons is covered. Outlines the issues that makes it work, or not work, and gives an overview of some of the regulatory issues involved with selling various products.

Raise Pigeons in town, in the suburbs, or in very rural areas. Pigeons may be an option when Chickens are not, or good companion flocks to raise if you already have Chickens or other Poultry. Preservation of endangered breeds is also covered (ALL true Utility Pigeon breeds are endangered except Kings in the US).

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Aside from the issues of raising pigeons for meat, researching the supporting aspects of this book was fascinating. It is probably the most fun I've had writing a book, and largely because of the historic role of pigeons in society.

I feel it is a pity we've lost the utility of them in the United States. This book was written with the desire to bring that back, to whatever extend we can. When we USE them, we co-exist in symbiosis with pigeons. When we do not, they become nuisance scavengers. It is our choice, more than theirs.

About the Author

Laura Wheeler is the mother of eight, and a 12 year veteran web developer turned farmer. Her experience with product development, marketing, online and offline sales is extensive. She has consulted with small business startups through the entire 12 years she worked as a web developer as well.

Laura is the author of more than 40 technical and instructional manuals. She most recently authored Life from the Garden - Grow Your Own Food Anywhere.

Laura is a strong supporter of polyculture farming, back to the land, natural farming, and homesteading. She has recovered from Crohn's disease by changing to a more natural diet, and growing as much of her own food as she is able. Pigeons, raised at home, are another part of clean whole food.

Product Details

  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Firelight Heritage Farm (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Well Written May 27, 2013
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There is little more than cursory mention of meat-pigeons in the best of the poultry guides. Kudos to Laura Wheeler for breaking a viable option out of taboo, and into the main stream! Not only is the content comprehensively presented with multiple options about acquiring, breeding, and raising meat-pigeons, this book is incredibly well written and edited (an area of weakness for many back-to-basics authors).

I have only two negative points:
1. The $9.50 price is a little steep for a self-published kindle book with only 112 pages. I will be happy to retract this if I am incorrect about the self-publishing.
2. As mentioned in a previous review, this book needs a hyper-linked table of contents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! May 20, 2013
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This is a one of a kind resource. It's the only modern book on raising meat pigeons that I could find--anywhere. Ms Wheeler is to be commended for this effort. I heartily agree that it's high time to revive this valuable and important resource.

My one quibble is I wish the book had an active table of contents or index. Even so this is an excellent book and timely topic.
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This is a good book about a topic that is hard to find information about... raising pigeons for meat. It covers all the basics of pigeon keeping, rearing, breeding, housing, etc. with a slant towards the Utility breed of pigeons. The information provided is pretty general, but I really appreciate the author's take on how she raises them as close as feasibly possible to how they would live in nature. For instance, feeding them off the ground in a fly pen. This is recommended against by many pigeon fanciers... the same types who bleach-wash their waterers daily. So the common sense, harmony with nature approach in this book is refreshing. Very Polyface farms-ish.

I wish the author would have told us more of her own personal experiences and stories about raising pigeons. That would have been entertaining to hear success as well as learn-from-my-mistakes kind of stories. I also had hoped for some simple loft designs (thinking Utility breeds would be a little different from all the other breeds) but I guess they all need pretty much the same thing... as generally outlined in the book. Additionally, more steps to getting started for first-timers on a small, back-yard scale (not farm size scale) would have been a useful chapter. Lastly, pictures of utility pigeons, workable lofts, fly pens, your garden boxes, etc... would have really enhanced the book. Thus my 4 star rating.

Still glad to have this reference in my library!
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I'm a mom of eight, raised on a home farm in Washington State, by parents who believed strongly in self-sufficiency. I grew up weeding a quarter acre garden, feeding pigs, and milking goats. Every fall, we canned... beans, tomatoes, and applesauce. Many other things too, but those three really stand out in memory.

As a successful web developer for small businesses, I gained specialized expertise in marketing, business startup, and online and offline sales. I wrote and published about 30 technical instruction booklets, and created the curriculum and coursework for about 6 different Certification courses which we taught through the University of Wyoming.

When we decided to go back to my roots, and take up small farming, those skills stood me in good stead in identifying the more lucrative markets, researching best methods, and then teaching what we learned.

Today, we pursue a course of producing as much of our own food as we are able, no matter what our circumstances. We practice a philosophy of polyculture, sustainability, and "better than organics". We feel that growing and raising living things should be a partnership with Nature, rather than a battle against her. Our goal is to integrate food production into a synergistic system which simplifies the work for the small farmer or home gardener, and to help those who wish to profit from their small farms to know how to do so without burning themselves out.


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