Hi Grim, just out of curiosity where do you get your feed?, so far the only place i can find near me is a "Tractor Supply store" and their selection is sad just nutrisource feed and pellets, no pigeon grit, only chicken and chick grit but they do have oyster shell, so i was thinking maybe you know of a better place to get supplies close by cause with shipping cost, supplies can really hurt the pocketbook! I do use the specialty places like Foys, Siegels, Jedds, Global, Neps, but with shipping costing so much , you need to make very large purchases to make it worth it!Right now grains until I can't afford it anymore.
Yep that's what i feed, pigeon feed with pellets mixed in! A 25lb bag of pellets goes a long way! If you only feed pigeon pellets, one plus is you will not need as much grit,(and some say you don't need any grit at all ) you could get away with some pic blocks cause the birds still need that extra mineral source even if it is already supplied in the pellet!
http://www.earthlife.net/birds/digestion.htmlOnce the food has been well soaked in digestive fluids it passes into the gizzard. The gizzard is a highly muscular organ which performs the same role in birds that jaws and teeth perform for us. In other words it grinds the food up into small pieces thus increasing its surface area and enabling it to be more easily digested. Some species of birds, particularly those which feed on hard dry seeds will also eat small pebbles. These become lodged in the gizzard and help grind up the food.