Nest, feeder, birdhouse: how do you welcome the pigeon in the garden or on its balcony?

If the Collared Dove is mainly present in France, the turtle dove is experiencing a significant decline in the area. To protect these little birds, whether you live in the city or in the countryside, it is advisable to seek valuable advice.

Install a feeder…

In winter, remember to feed the birds. For this you can buy a food bowl or make your own and put seeds and balls of fat in it. Pigeons are seed eaters and feed mainly on hemp, wheat, maize, oats, flax, etc. An excellent way to give them all the energy they need to cope with the winter period.

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…And a drinking trough

Like any bird, pigeons need water to hydrate, cool off in hot weather, or bathe. That is why it is important to place a water trough in your garden, on your balcony or on your windowsill. And to avoid contamination, don’t forget to wash the container regularly (see our practical article on why and how to clean a water bowl).

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Place a birdhouse

Pigeons live in pairs, hence the nickname “lovebirds”. To provide them with some privacy, especially during the breeding season (February to November), it is essential to set up a nest box. You can buy directly from the store or make your own by following our simple advice for DIYers or beginners.

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make a nest

Before she lays her eggs, the female pigeon makes her nest. But you can help him build his habitat with twigs you collected earlier. Then all that remains is to roughly pile them up and place this nest on the windowsill, in high hedges, trees or shrubs.

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Let nature bloom

Leave a corner of your garden in the wild to promote biodiversity and attract pigeons. To do this, don’t mow your lawn too often, pull weeds, trim hedges… In short, just let nature bloom.

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Keep dogs and cats away

If you have a pet, especially a cat, be careful! Your cat may take evil pleasure in chasing the pigeons that invite themselves to your balcony or garden. It is therefore best to keep it away from ALL birds.

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Moving on, here’s how you can welcome the melodious linnet into his yard, this bird in decline.

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