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A feral pigeon is supposed to weigh anything from 230g to 400g, a racing pigeon 400-600g and a woodpigeon 284-615g (figures received from a wildlife rescue centre). In my eyes Georgie is small for a feral pigeon. When we first got her I was worried that she was too thin and small so I gave her fatty foods such as peanuts to help her gain weight. Georgie has now filled out a bit but I believe she’ll always be dainty and petite.

I started recording her weight just to monitor any ups and downs:

  • 295g – 7.4.09
  • 273g – 18.4.09 (She lost weight because when we went on holiday we left her with a friend and I think Georgie got a bit stressed that we weren’t there.)
  • 294g – 14.5.09
  • 318g – 13.6.09
  • 323g – 23.8.09
  • 317g – 27.9.09
  • 344g – 17.11.09 (Georgie was with egg.)
  • 322g – 21.1.10
  • 325g – 10.2.10 (Before we went on holiday. Georgie stayed at home with pet sitters visiting frequently.)
  • 322g – 16.2.10 (When we returned from holiday. Georgie didn’t loose much weight this time, which is good.)

Elmo is a bigger boy and here’s his weight chart:

  • 360g – 7.4.09
  • 352g – 18.4.09
  • 343g – 14.5.09 (Elmo was moulting.)
  • 350g – 13.6.09
  • 357g – 23.8.09
  • 348g – 27.9.09
  • 354g – 17.11.09
  • 358g – 21.1.10
  • 342g – 10.2.10 (Before we went on holiday. Elmo stayed at home with pet sitters visiting frequently.)
  • 350g – 16.2.10 (When we returned from holiday. Elmo gained a lot of weight! He obviously wasn’t stressed that we were gone. He loved the pet sitters [more on this later] but was very glad to have us back.)