Reasons to eat
Pigeons are grain eaters and have a high metabolism. Just like us, the food they eat is the fuel that gives them heat and energy. For combustion, they need oxygen that goes from the lungs into the blood. The pigeon needs food to:
- Gain building material for their body;
- Change the dead or unusable cells (proteins), and;
- To produce heat.
Which is, in short: basic metabolism.
I’ve mentioned the heat twice now, and for good reason! A pigeon has the exceptionally high body temperature of 42 °C!! To keep up this temperature, the pigeon will need lots of (good) food and oxygen. This temperature is used for several things:
- To bring up youngsters (to warm their nest and protect against low temperatures);
- To perform (just as with humans, the body temperature increases when performing at a high level);
- To battle diseases.
When humans get ill, they usually have a fever. The fever, a rise in the bodytemperature to 40-41°C , makes it ‘uncomfortable’ for bacteria and viruses. The high body temperature of pigeons is preventive, as bacteria and viruses can’t survive such high temperature.
When humans (or other creatures) need to achieve/perform, their body temperature rises. The blood starts running faster, muscles are activated, oxygen intake is increased and a lot of friction is created by the movement of the body. To improve the quality of the chemical processes that take place, the quality of food is very important. To have a car run smoothly, the right fuel and oil are inexpendable for a better performance.
You get the point by now, the feed is extremely important because the feed fuels the temperature and the temperature is important for health and performance.