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Old 20-11-2016, 10:53 AM
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Watch out for lead poisoning in your pellets. More risky feeding lead shot stuff than a few frozen feral pigeons. I've used feral pigeons for years with no problems. Discard the unhealthy looking ones. The ones I keep are gutted. Crop removed. Wings cut off. Feet cut off. Head cut off. I freeze them for a month. I also freeze the wings and use them for tirings.
I've fed clutches of young hawks with feral pigeon too.
Dean I only use the breast meat from wood pigeons. And I always put a screwdriver through the entry hole to make sure the pellet has passed right through. I know a place out the way on my permission where I could shoot loads of ferals but the last 1 I shot had scabby feet so I think I will stick to the woodies.

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Saw some pigeons eating a pile of vomit in Manchester yesterday!!
That's disgusting! But come to think of it I have seen starlings also eating sick.
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Old 20-11-2016, 11:13 AM
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personally i wouldn't use any part that's had a pellet near it ,lead breaks up almost imperceptibly on impact if its got any marks/bruises near the breast including the underside it goes to the ferrets

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Old 20-11-2016, 11:54 AM
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personally i wouldn't use any part that's had a pellet near it ,lead breaks up almost imperceptibly on impact if its got any marks/bruises near the breast including the underside it goes to the ferrets

head shots only
Yes Shaun I only do head shots also but as a precaution I still make sure that there is an exit hole where the pellet has left.
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Old 20-11-2016, 01:13 PM
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Seen them eat worse !!!! you have to admire them as feral s have learned to adapt to our messy habits.
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Old 20-11-2016, 08:00 PM
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I use thunderbolt pellets made from alloy . But still check body for old lead pellets . Found one in a woodie the other day .20% of squirrels I shoot have lead pellets in . Always check !
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