Updated at: 12-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Pigeons are a major disruption when you’re trying to enjoy feeding your beloved backyard birds.

The best way to prevent pigeons from eating from bird feeders is to provide them with their own eating space on the opposite side of the yard. This way, the pigeons may enjoy their food in the open while your preferred, more cautious species can continue to use the feeders as usual. If this doesn’t work, you can always use a cage to keep squirrels out of a ground bird feeder or a hanging bird feeder.

Pigeons At Bird Feeder

Attracting your favorite backyard birds can be a lot of fun, but when pigeons show up, the fun is over.

Pigeons have a right to food just like any other bird, but they have a nasty habit of driving away the more timid species and eating up all the bird seed.

My advice is to put up a separate feeder for pigeons in a different part of the yard, away from the other bird feeders on a pole, so that you may feed the pigeons without worrying about them stealing the seed from the main feeders.

This designated pigeon dining spot may not always be reliable, but the infrequent visitors have come to depend on it.

More pigeons congregating in their own space is a nuisance, therefore you’ll need to demolish it if you want to keep the pigeons away from the original bird feeders.

A dependable metal cage enclosure conceals the secret of feeding birds without attracting pigeons.

This anti-squirrel cage can be installed on top of a platform bird feeder if space permits, or it can be used to protect a ground bird feeder. This handy tool can be used to safeguard anything from a pile of bird seed on the lawn to a valuable collection of antique coins.

Designate Pigeon dining area

You have to give pigeons credit for persistence, even if all they leave behind afterward is a mound of dung designed to keep little birds at bay.

Pigeons are too big and clumsy to successfully rob our bird feeders too often, but that doesn’t stop them from trying.

It is true that pigeons can get into bird seed if it is left out in the open for all birds.

Since pigeons are also in need of food, you can attract them by placing a variety of seeds, grain, and berries on a traditional bird feeder platform.

Designating a separate feeding space for pigeons is one method for preventing them from destroying your bird feeders.

Offering pigeons their own feeding place, complete with the wild bird food they prefer, will only serve to divert these larger birds and many others away from the bird feeders you wish them to avoid.

It’s possible that fewer pigeons may visit traditional bird feeders, but that’s no certainty.

It’s possible that the typical backyard birds you enjoy most would rather eat from the area designed for the pigeons than from their own feeders.

Cover ground feeder in cage

Pigeons At Bird Feeder-2

Regular backyard pigeons, being ground feeders, would rather forage for food on the ground than try to figure out how to use a finicky bird feeder.

If you utilize a ground bird feeder platform, which consists of nothing more than a dish on the ground from which any ground-feeding birds can be fed, you will need to find another solution unless you want to spend money on what is essentially just a cage to keep the pigeons out.

This cage will be placed around the base of the bird feeder, keeping the feeder safe from pigeons and other large pest birds.

Small backyard birds are able to fly through the spaces in the metal cage, but larger birds can’t get through.

By focusing on feeding birds that graze on the ground instead of pigeons, you can keep the pigeons away while still providing food for the smaller birds.

Pigeons don’t have the same level of intelligence as crows or squirrels, therefore they won’t figure out how to move this cage closer to the food source.

The cage would still need to be anchored to the ground to stop pests from merely pushing it around.

Hang fewer small bird feeders on pole

Pigeons have no chance in Hades of reaching the seeds or nuts in a compact, hanging bird feeder.

Pigeons can’t get to the food in clear plastic tubes for seeds or mesh wire bird feeders for peanuts, and there is nowhere for them to perch on these feeders.

A small, enclosed bird feeder is preferable than open platform or tray feeders when it comes to keeping pigeons away.

Allowed only when hung from a standard bird feeder pole, these devices are not permitted to be used in conjunction with any other type of bird feeder.

Hanging bird feeders from a branch or other location where pigeons could use the branch or nearby object as a perch is not a good idea, regardless of whether you use a multi-bracket bird feeding station or a single Shepherd’s hook.

Since pigeons will use any nearby bird feeder as a perch to reach across and eat any exposed bird food, you will need to place significantly fewer hanging bird feeders on this pole than before.

To sum up, keep the pigeons away from the little, swinging bird feeders by reducing the number of feeders you hang from a pole and encouraging them to perch instead.

NO open bird food dish

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To permanently eliminate pigeons from bird feeders, you should discontinue using any feeders or dishes that are visible from the ground.

If you put a cage over your bird feeders, though, you can keep using the open ones without worrying about pigeons.

Smaller birds can fly through the openings in the cage, but the pigeons must wait outside.

This identical ground feeder cage, if it is small enough, can be placed on top of a platform bird feeder and secured to prevent it from dropping.

To prevent pigeons from destroying bird feeders, you might temporarily remove them from the ground. However, if you don’t want your favorite birds to go hungry, an anti-squirrel cage can be used in their place.

While I would advocate setting up a feeding station for the pigeons, it’s unlikely that they’ll leave your yard if you stop feeding them altogether.

Keep in mind that all of this is effective not only against crows but also against other pests and larger birds that may be attracted to your bird feeders.


My standard advice for keeping squirrels away from bird feeders is for folks to provide their own feeding station.

To discourage squirrels from trespassing on your property, create a feeding station for them on the perimeter or somewhere they can see it from the street.

Although pigeons fly in rather than walk or climb in like squirrels, the strategy can still be successful.

The pigeons will be herded to a platform in the open, where they will be exposed to the elements and fed the same bird seed you’ve hidden in a cage for your smaller, preferred backyard birds.

While scavenging for dropped seeds or garbage, pigeons continue to be drawn to the initial feeders.

On the other side of the garden, the pigeons have their own dining area, where your favorite birds may be seen flying in and out.

When the pigeons are eventually confined to their own space, this won’t be an issue. If, however, providing pigeons with food just attracts more pigeons and worsens the pigeon problem, you will have to quit what you are doing.

Solutions to the problem of pigeons If you have a bird feeder on the ground, you may keep the squirrels at bay by placing a cage over it, and the feeder itself will be safe from the pigeons.

Some birds, like doves and sparrows, can squeeze through these openings, but larger birds like pigeons and others can’t.

For example, if you were to use hanging bird seed feeders, you’d have to put fewer on a bird feeder pole to prevent pigeons from establishing themselves on those feeders, or because pigeons would still be able to eat if the feeders were hung from a nearby limb in a forest.

Stopping people from providing food for birds in their yards is the most effective way to get rid of pigeons. In the meantime, you can keep them from eating by putting a cage over any platform bird feeders that are elevated off the ground, or a platform feeder mounted on a pole, if they are compatible.

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