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Getting to the meat: The Pigeon Relocation and Management Project

We’re accepting applications  for participation in the PIGEON RELOCATION AND MANAGEMENT PROJECT funded by an Ohio State University Faculty Research Enhancement Grant.  Using the only effective, safe and humane  deterrent system recommended by the Pigeon Control Advisory Service, selected pigeons will be discouraged from roosting in unwanted areas.

Pigeons nesting where you don’t want them?  Are you a Coshocton, Ohio resident? Fill out our form to enter your pigeons.  Pigeon Relocation Application Form

After 71 years of use as a public building, first as the Coshocton YWCA, then as the Maria Hay Forbes Center, the J. P. Forbes House was demolished in early 2011.

In the fall of 2008 there were 364 pigeons that alternately sat on the roof of the Maria Hay Forbes Center and the electric lines passing over the radio station. (High school students counted them as part of a collaborative project with the Pomerene Center for the Arts. view video)  Since the demolition of the Maria Hay Forbes Center and its pigeon friendly tower and ample eave returns, where have all those pigeons gone?

We’re interested in learning where the pigeons have relocated. In turn, we are proposing to relocate 10 pairs from these current environments (where they are presumably unwanted) to the old PARK hotel spacewhere they can be managed. We think in terms of deviating from the Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny prototype of human/ animal relationships and ask…Doesn’t Elmer always lose? Aren’t we always on the side of the cwazy wabbit? Can we re-imagine how we fit into our environment?

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Pigeon Milk, the wonder food

10 day old squab on a building ledge in New York City - image by Cutiepie Company

Lucky chubby squab. Fed the wonder food of Pigeon milk, they can double their size in 48 hours. In the book Pigeon, Barbara Allen also reports that, “Pigeon milk fuels what is one of the most explosive growth rates of almost any creature on earth”.  I’d like my next protein shake to be made of pigeon milk.

How to milk them? Fortunately, both the parent pigeons secrete the milk from their crops, which is located where the breast is. No nipples though, they use their throats like straws in reverse and their beaks serve as the delivery point into the mouths of their squab. So, I’m imagining a mechanical squab head bobbing around in the nest which is designed to accept the milk from the parent. This does sound ridiculous at first, but robotic cow milking machines are doing the same thing: mechanically milking an animal so humans can enjoy the nutritious results. Do check out this video of a robot milker in action on YouTube.  Pigeon milk might take longer to get, but it has more protein and fat than cow or human milk, so perhaps it would be worthwhile? [I can’t help but think of that recent, viral story about breast milk ice cream]. Thinking through the oddities of milking animals is enough to cause me to ask for almond milk in my next protein shake.

Breast milk ice cream on sale at a London ice cream parlour. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

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Squab: from Power Line to Plate

High school students in Coshocton, Ohio, considered the possibility of pigeon squab as a food source. They interviewed the community as well as a health department official.

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