There is a habit among people living in cities
to feed pigeons. People buy bajra (peart millet) rice/paddy etc. and feed it to
the pigeons. Sometimes our astrologers and pandits also tell us to feed pigeons
for profit in business and getting
promotion in jobs etc. But this is not the
right thing. Pigeons should not be fed by us. The reason is that the
pigeon (Blue rock pigeon) is a natural scavenger. It feeds on small insects and
files. If we keep on feeding them, their population will drastically increase.
If their population increases, then the population of other species of birds
like myna and sparrows will decrease and
the blue rock pigeon population will explode to an unimaginable extent. In fact
that is already happening. This is the
first reason why pigeons should not be fed.
is another danger associated with it. The droppings (excreta) of such
pigeons are highly acidic. The chemicals in the excreta of blue rock pigeons
can cause asthma. If in our home people are suffering from asthma or
bronchitis, it could be because of pigeon droppings on your balcony or terrace.
When the droppings dry out, the air passing over them carries harmful chemicals
with it. When we breathe-in this air, we get such diseases. The natural habitats
of pigeons is stone facing, cliffs and
even buildings. But we are helping increasing their population too much.
It is better if everything stays within
a balance. So people will be doing better by not feeding them. But even some
people for some emotional or astrological reasons want to do something for the
pigeons, then they may very well keep water bowls for them in the terrace or
balcony. Because water is also scarce in the cities. This is not only good for the health of the people
but for the health of pigeons too. It is
not even good for their digestive system and stomachs. So feeding pigeons is
not good for the species and also for other species.