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    Eating Town Pigeon and Crows

    Hello all. I live on the edge of a small town near Inverness and have a rabbit-infested garden. I am thinking about buying a BSA Ultra SE to deal with them and also get a small but steady stream of meat. My mind then wandered to pigeons and even young crows. Are these edible? Is it hygienic to eat them? Any info gratefully received - regarding safety of eating and also choice of air rifle. I have a 22 rimfire but also neighbors and live in the town (more or less) so assume it would not be a good idea to fire it or any other rimfire. Cheers, JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnr0111 View Post
    Hello all. I live on the edge of a small town near Inverness and have a rabbit-infested garden. I am thinking about buying a BSA Ultra SE to deal with them and also get a small but steady stream of meat. My mind then wandered to pigeons and even young crows. Are these edible? Is it hygienic to eat them? Any info gratefully received - regarding safety of eating and also choice of air rifle. I have a 22 rimfire but also neighbors and live in the town (more or less) so assume it would not be a good idea to fire it or any other rimfire. Cheers, JR
    Well they are edible, and some of the English eat young rooks, as for town doos , well what can I say you could eat them.

    But the real question is , are you so desperate that you are reduced to eating crows and feral pigeons?

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    Rabbits are probably fine, town pigeons and crows I'd personally not eat (but would possibly be fine?)

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    I live comfortably inside suburbia, and quite often take pigeons off the bird table (all woodies - no feral pigeons), with a cheap and cheerful air rifle.

    All delicious, and no ill effects. Depending on season, they are usually either full of bird table standards (peanuts very common), or grain from near(ish) fields. Well worth it for a tasty little starter if you're having a dinner party!

    Having eaten rook once, I'd say it wasn't worth the effort.

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    The table that feeds everyone.
    Nice one.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    "Sing a song of sixpence".....

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    Not sure of the legislation in Scotland but in England there are conditions attached to the general licence that allows shooting of pigeon and corvids.

    you might want to check if these apply (especially if your garden is overlooked).

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    No issue with the rabbit but street peckers & crows... no thanks.

    Rgds, Buck
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"





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    brilliant - lots of info and well happy
    absoloutely great forum here and what a wealth of knowledge. Maybe SNH should include membership in thier Deerstalking Pack (or give membership in stead of....)
    many thanks for all contributions
    jr

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    DO NOT EAT FERAL PIGEONS. They are flying rats. Wf1

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