Reply To: Where to aim when shooting pigeons?
The cost to feed and water cattle per head is about $1 to $2 per day, depending on location, and whether they’re being raised as dairy, show, or food. On average, they eat about 25 pounds per day, plus water.
House sparrows, collared doves, pigeons, and black birds eat about 150 times their weight per year. A house sparrow only weighs about one ounce. A dove about 6 to 10 ounces, and a pigeon up to 1.5 pounds! Simple math will give you an idea of how much it costs the farmers raising cattle.
Where I shoot, the farmer estimates that pest birds cost him close to $50 per day. I don’t doubt this, and here’s why. If you pour out an 80 pound bag of cattle feed on the ground in an unused paddock, the various birds will consume that pile in less than 4 hours.
As for eating… Yes I eat the collared doves, but to be honest, I’ve grown real tied of them. They’re a mess to clean, and you have to have about 5 or 6 per person just to have enough for a light meal! For the most part, I let the cats have them.