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Annemieke

When is pigeon time?

I suppose pigeons are being shot all year round, but when is the butcher most likely to have them for sale?
I have some recipes I want to publish in my monthly food/health blog (pigeon meat = better for you and for the cows/chickens etc!) and wonder when is the best month to put it in.
Love, thanks! Annemieke
sean

I think you're more likely to see them for sale in the autumn. They can be shot all year round though.
Tavascarow

You see more for sale post harvest when the guns can decoy them over the stubble.
A lot of estates shoot pigeon Feb March to cut their numbers before pheasant breeding time but I wouldn't eat a pigeon shot now.
The vast majority of their diet now is ivy berries & the taste gets into the meat.
Corn fed in the summer or brassica/pea fed in the spring are best IMHO.
Annemieke

Thanks! I shall save my recipe for an autumn issue then. Love A.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

I had some delicious pigeon last week, the crops were full of something green/leafy - looked like brassica but it's still too early I think? What crops are just sprouting now?
Treacodactyl

Kale probably. Pigeons are also shot in spring, before nesting, as they'll attack young kale and spring sown crop seeds.

I'd agree with the others though, I'd rather eat them in late summer/autumn when they've fed on the harvest.
Tavascarow

I had some delicious pigeon last week, the crops were full of something green/leafy - looked like brassica but it's still too early I think? What crops are just sprouting now?

Autumn sown rape?
Mistress Rose

They are a severe pest on winter sown rape round here.
Chez

They're appreciating the last of my over-wintered cabbages.
dpack

the local suburban woodies are eating new growth daisy and dandelion and other such greenery at the mo

(observation rather than autopsy Laughing )

edit for ps

they have "bird table food" all year round so a nice salad is probably rather popular
Laughing
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