What should you not feed pigeons?

Whilst pigeons do eat insects and even meat if they’re hungry enough, they largely require just seeds and grains to stay healthy.

Bread is fine in moderation, but the main issue with bread is that it’s nutritionally incomplete and doesn’t provide birds with the levels of micronutrients they need. Seeded or wholemeal bread is much better than white bread.

It’s also important to never feed birds with mouldy food as the fungus can be toxic. Most birds do not tolerate lactose well either, so dairy products are a bad choice. With pigeons, it’s seeds, veg, fruit and grains all the way!