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Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer To "Milking" Pigeons

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the it's-what's-for-breakfast dept.

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Are you tired of boring old milk in your cereal? Is the half and half in your coffee leaving you flat? If so, the recent discovery of the gene responsible for pigeon crop "lactation" might be the good news you've been waiting for. While mammals are the only animals that produce true milk, a number of birds produce a nutritious, liquid "crop milk" for their chicks. From the article: "The idea of drinking pigeon milk may bring a shudder to every sane and rational person in the world, but it's actually quite nutritious. Although it's high in fat, to help the young squabs develop fast, it's also packed full of antioxidants and immune-system-boosting proteins."

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Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491266)

No thanks!

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491684)

Is that any more gross then Cows Milk? Or any Milk as of a matter.

I am not a Vegan or a Vegetarian, and I do enjoy drinking milk.
But the fact that we are drinking an other animals body fluids is a bit gross, if you think too much about it.
But so is if you thinking when you eat an Fruit that you are Eating a plants Reproductive Organ. The fact if you eat a carrot or some other vegetable a full life form needed to die in order to keep you alive.

Many plants have a much more complex Genome then us animals do, in many ways they are far more evolved then we are.
Yes us animals to survive we need to do things if you think about it is rather cruel and/or disgusting in order for us to survive.

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (1)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491886)

Thanks for ruining fruit for me.

It's hard enough to drink milk without thinking about where it came from.

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (1)

durrr (1316311) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492194)

"Both male and female adult birds produce crop milk and share in the feeding and care of the young."
Now not only would pigeon milk be regurgitated, it could even be man-milk!

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (2)

pr0f3550r (553601) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492222)

While we're at it, let's ruin honey for you too. The only thing better than eating eating the reproductive bits and embryos of plants is to eat the regurgitated spit of insects which concentrate the sweet, sticky juices of those same reproductive organs of those plants at the height of their sexual potency and expression.

Sweet!

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492398)

That's hot

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492436)

Does Milk make you capitalize words Randomly?

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (1)

danlock4 (1026420) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492926)

I am not a Vegan or a Vegetarian, and I do enjoy drinking milk.

Does that mean you are a Venusian? I knew you'd be visiting soon, most kind and venerated ones.

hehe :)

Re:Pigeon Crap Lactation?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492000)

Pigeons? Why not just milk rats? No need to genetically modify them and they are just as disgusting.

All you need to know about pigeon milk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491280)

Is that it is pigeon vomit.

But... (1, Informative)

fragfoo (2018548) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491286)

Pigeons are infested with diseases and like to live in the middle of their own crap and other filthiness. Oh wait, so do cows! :(

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491332)

Well I keep the cows on my farm very clean, I don't know where you get the idea that cows live in their crap and other filth. It's a misconception that cows sit in their own dung, I can send you 24 hour surveillance videos of my cattle and prove they never do that.

Re:But... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491426)

Spycam videos of cows going to the bathroom? Pervert.

Re:But... (1)

fragfoo (2018548) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491482)

I trust what you say true. But in the case of small family farmers that i have seen they do sit on their dung when they are chained to something and have no other place to lie down. So it may not happen in more professional farms like your seems to be but happens on small rural farms.

Re:But... (4, Interesting)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491766)

You have things exactly backwards. I don't know where you saw such lazy, filthy unprofessional dairy farmers, but I can assure you the norm is for family operations to want the highest ratings in inspections of farm, cows, and testing of milk. I have relatives and friends who are dairy farmers and they run a very clean tight ship and take supreme care of their animals. It is normally the huge corporate farms with underpaid help who have the problems because executives in a building in a city far away don't know farming and don't give a crap. Don't even get me started on massive chicken or hog farms (again, many friends and relatives in the business)....let's just say you definitely would want the small farm product rather than corporate swill.

Re:But... (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492896)

It makes sense on a bunch of levels: For starters, each cow / hog / bird is more important to a smaller farmer than a big one, because each one represents a higher percentage of the total business. Also, the farmer (who, as you pointed out, is the owner and is on the scene working) has the time and attention to really devote to getting his farm in the best possible shape. Lastly, the smaller operations generally are much better about ensuring the proper amount of land for each animal, and preventing overgrazing, because most of them are looking to have a farm worth something when it's time to retire. The large corporate operations don't care about any of that, and the results show.

And I've only did a bit of farm work, but there was a very clear difference between the good farms and the not-good ones.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492136)

Farmville doesn't count.

Re:But... (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492510)

I can send you 24 hour surveillance videos of my cattle

I can't tell from your post - are you a farmer, or a member of congress?

Re:But... (4, Funny)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491480)

That's why I only drink human milk. It can be tough to find, but you can find pretty much anything on Craigslist.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491726)

These guys [npr.org] should have some for you.

Re:But... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492120)

Guys? I'm too fearful to click on that link

Re:But... (1)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491970)

Misc Romance or Casual Encounters? Or is there some dark subsection of Farm & Garden that I don't know about?

It might be white... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491302)

...but dude, seriously, that's not milk.

Re:It might be white... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491542)

Milk comes from tits and nipple. Pigeon don't have nipples.

Re:It might be white... (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491628)

It's not a true milk, but it serves an identical function: It's a liquid produced by the parent to feed the young. Milky enough.

Re:It might be white... (2)

biodata (1981610) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492828)

Nipples are just modified sweat glands, so milk is really just sweat with a different balance of ingredients. Is pigeon vomit any more disgusting than cow sweat?

I bet it goes down well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491304)

I bet it goes down well with the Shitburgers from a few months back.

Re:I bet it goes down well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492564)

That doesn't sound kosher.

April 1st? (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491312)

I actually checked the date to be sure.

Re:April 1st? (1)

HermDog (24570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492002)

I'm not drinking 6-month-old milk. I don't care where it came from.

Excuse me? (4, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491318)

Pigeon Milk? Seriously? That's what they're working on?

How about working on a way to keep them from crapping all over my balcony? I've begun calling it the poop deck.

Re:Excuse me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491466)

That one was solved quite some time ago, it's called a shotgun.

Re:Excuse me? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492528)

Cleaning up the blood and entrails from your balcony isn't much of an improvement...

Re:Excuse me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491534)

That's not crap, it's "crop milk" and you're letting this perfectly nutritious liquid spoil and go to waste right there on your deck. You should devise some sort of way to capture said milk so you can store it and use it in your coffee and cereal. Imagine the money you'd save on that plain old, ordinary cow's milk...how boring!

Re:Excuse me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492780)

Pigeon Milk? Seriously? That's what they're working on?

How about working on a way to keep them from crapping all over my balcony? I've begun calling it the poop deck.

Once pigeons are gainfully employed, puking into milk cartons, they will rent or buy their own homes, putting an end to the pigeon homeless problem and their indiscriminate crapping all over the place.

Of course, we may start having problems with unemployed cows in our streets, but at least they can't fly.

Sane and Rational Problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491344)

"The idea of drinking pigeon milk may bring a shudder to every sane and rational person in the world"

If you drink cow's milk (or goat's milk, or any non-human milk), then I think it's only an emotional problem if you shudder at drinking Pigeon's milk. Rationally, it shouldn't be an issue at all.

Maybe this post was brought to you by the Dairy Farmers of America - I notice there's no mention of milk or "half and half" being sourced from a cow. Let's just think of it as "milk" and leave it at that, all warm and fuzzy.

Re:Sane and Rational Problem? (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491472)

The Glastonbury Festival is held on what is for the rest of the year a working dairy farm. The festival peopled by a mixture of mainstream music fans and old-school hippies, including, of course, a number of militant vegetarians and vegans.

Every morning, a truck circulates the campsites selling pints of milk. One year, upon the tailgate of the truck, was sprayed "MILK: RAPED FROM COWS".

To this day, I don't know whether it was written there in earnest, or in jest. It could so easily be either.

But yeah, balking at pigeon milk is as irrational as spurning horse meat.

Re:Sane and Rational Problem? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491762)

Yea lets free the cows... Oh wait they have been bread over thousands of years to produce more milk, by us not milking them they will die a slow and painful death, from udder infections.

Re:Sane and Rational Problem? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492360)

Won't you EVER learn to spell? You really come off as juvenile.

Re:Sane and Rational Problem? (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491890)

Drinking something that your ancestors have drunk for thousands of years but balking at something new is not irrational. Boring sure, but rational.

Once it is shown to be safe - which depending on your level of trust might mean waiting a few generations - it would be irrational. Well maybe once it is shown to have some benefit over the traditional item too.

Re:Sane and Rational Problem? (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492358)

One year, upon the tailgate of the truck, was sprayed "MILK: RAPED FROM COWS". To this day, I don't know whether it was written there in earnest, or in jest. It could so easily be either.

Like all our fellow mammals, cows only give milk when they have young to feed. To keep dairy cows producing, they are repeatedly inseminated; most of their offspring are slaughtered so that people can eat their flesh, while a few of their daughters are allowed to live for a few years in the same enslavement as their mothers before meeting the same fate when they can no longer produce. The natural lifespan of a cow is 20-25 years [bornfreeusa.org] , but with this exploitation burning out their usefulness to humans most are slaughtered before reaching a third of that.

"Raped from cows"? Not exactly how I would phrase it, but not (given a bit of rhetorical license) inaccurate.

Looks like Lee and Herring were right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491354)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzCbf-pylEc

Fokkers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491410)

Fokker: You can milk anything that has n______s.

Future Dad in law: I have n______s. can you milk me?

Re:Fokkers? (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491536)

"Nipples" is now censorship fodder? Come on.

Pigeons, however, don't have nipples. The "milk" arises in the crop. RTFA.

Re:Fokkers? (2, Funny)

overlordofmu (1422163) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491652)

"Fuck", "cunt", "cock" and "prolapsed asshole" are not censorship fodder on slashdot. Nor is "nipple".

Unless you are an AC. I fucking hate ACs.

Re:Fokkers? (0)

martas (1439879) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492804)

Talk about unnecessary censorship, for a moment there I was wondering what ownership of African slave labor has anything to do with lactation...

Disgust is Irrational (1)

doconnor (134648) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491448)

"The idea of drinking pigeon milk may bring a shudder to every sane and rational person in the world"

There is nothing rational about that shudder. The disgust comes from our outdated and inaccurate instincts that come from a time before we understood infectious disease (like when we where Homo habilis).

Only sane and rational people can push past the shudder and have a drink. Unfortunately that significantly limits the market for this.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (1)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491666)

What the hell are you talking about? It's totally rational to expect that vomit from a filthy wild animal is itself filthy and therefore not something worth ingesting.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (1)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491778)

All animals are filthy. Yet we still eat a number of them.

Veggies and fruits are probably filthy too, on some level.

So I guess Jules was right, it all comes down to personality.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492130)

Veggies and fruits are probably filthy too, on some level.

You can and should wash and scrub veggies and fruits. You can't wash Listeria out of milk, and it's hard to scrub the campylobacter off of chicken flesh.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491984)

And you would have a point if a) this were vomit, and b) the animal was wild and filthy. But it's not, and it's not, so you don't

Re:Disgust is Irrational (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491690)

The human sense of disgust is half-instinctive, half-cultural, and sometimes surprising. There's an old experiment often performed on TV, involving preparing delicious chocolate treats in the shape of dog turds just to see who can stand to eat them. Everyone knows that it's just chocolate - it's perfectly safe, and has never passed through a dog. And yet many people just really struggle to do it.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492036)

There's an old experiment often performed on TV, involving preparing delicious chocolate treats in the shape of dog turds just to see who can stand to eat them.

We have those in Australia, they're called "Picnic" bars.

I have worked in a chocolate factory (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492618)

Holland, Zaandam, were most of the worlds chocolate is processed. At the end of the process molten chocolate is stored in large vats, sometimes somebody taking samples forgets to close the tap or it is filled while open and it poors onto the floor. The floor everybody walks on and where dead bugs collect. But chocolate is expensive so what do you do with the spilled chocolate? Scoop it back up and poor it back into the system, dead bugs and all.

Enjoy your chocolate turd with real crunchy bits.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (1)

Rolgar (556636) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492050)

Considering the size of pigeons, and the amount of milk you can get out of one, as well as the time it will take to hook one up to get the milk, I imagine the price will be pretty high in order to pay for the retrieval of the milk, which will further reduce the demand.

Note: The summary says 'Although high in fat' indicating that's a point against it. Fat is a nutritional positive. It makes you feel full which will limit the amount you eat to feel full. Your body uses fat in very important ways. Your body does not store fat in fat cells. Your body makes fat out of carbohydrates, namely wheat products, corn products, and potatoes. I've switched to the primal diet, although I cheat, and I've lost at least 10 pounds of fat in the last few months.

Re:Disgust is Irrational (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492912)

Your body does store fat in fat cells - that's why they're called fat cells :p

Of course, your dietary fat doesn't just get magically put there without being converted to blood sugar first. I eat a low GI diet. Wholemeal carbs are fine. It's only refined carbs that you should avoid.

So where's the pigeon nipples located? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491498)

Something tells me I don't want to know...

Re:So where's the pigeon nipples located? (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491594)

I had to look it up since avian anatomy isn't common knowledge aside from which piece is which in a bucket o' KFC.

It's the part of their esophagus that can store food for later regurgitation to their chicks. So basically they throw it up. Wikipedia also describes it as looking like "pale yellow cottage cheese". [wikipedia.org]

Yum.

Re:So where's the pigeon nipples located? (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491622)

I apparently messed the link to crop. [wikipedia.org]

Obligatory movie reference for milking (1)

jht (5006) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491526)

"Hey, I hope you don't mind, I got up a little early, so I took the liberty of milking your cow for you. Yeah, it took a little while to get her warmed up, she sure is a stubborn one, whew."

"We don't have a cow. We have a bull."

"I'm gonna brush my teeth."

Re:Obligatory movie reference for milking (1)

themightythor (673485) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491616)

I was thinking more of the scene from "Meet the Parents" where Greg explains how he milks a cat.

Re:Obligatory movie reference for milking (1)

muyla (1429487) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491822)

Simpsons, where they milk rats to sell to the school

Re:Obligatory movie reference for milking (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492204)

MALK - Now with vitamin R!

Re:Obligatory movie reference for milking (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492888)

Red Rocket! Red Rocket! Come on, Red Rocket!

Re:Obligatory movie reference for milking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491644)

King pin?

Shudder? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491532)

I have a relative who breeds pigeons. They are not even close to those infected zombies you see in a city. In fact, they are much closer to a chicken in size. And they are delicious.

Re:Shudder? (1)

muyla (1429487) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491920)

Your relative, my friend, must be the biggest winner in the redneck gameses history!

Re:Shudder? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492080)

I'm not American.

Re:Shudder? (1)

gauauu (649169) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492676)

I have a relative who breeds pigeons. They are not even close to those infected zombies you see in a city. In fact, they are much closer to a chicken in size. And they are delicious.

I agree with the delicious part. A lot of restaurants where I lived in China (south, near Hong Kong) served Pigeon, and it was REALLY tasty.

Re:Shudder? (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492846)

Yep.

Pigeon Pie [bbc.co.uk] . Not made with the flying rats you see in towns.

Uncoscionable! (0)

JoeWalsh (32530) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491598)

Human milk is the only ethical milk.

And it'd be a great way for gals to make a few bucks on the side.

Re:Uncoscionable! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37491818)

You can have ethics or you can have money.

You can't have both.

Women will find a way to cheat the system.

Drugs to increase lactation come to mind with no stress whatsoever on my brain cells.

Re:Uncoscionable! (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491852)

of course, breast don't fully mature nor give milk until later terms of pregnancy. Tell you want, I'll handle the tedious and boring initiating breast maturation part at no expense (if they're nubile and beautiful) and you can do the milk production end of things

Re:Uncoscionable! (1)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492508)

Mammaries are capable of producing milk as soon as a child is born. It's been known of cases where an infant's nipples has leaked milk.

Breast milk production can be induced through certain supplements and medication that increases hormones, and they can be manually induced to start producing milk. Back in the old day there was such a thing as milk maids midwives who never bore their own children yet were well capable of producing breast milk, all of which was made possible by performing one or more of what has been aforementioned.

All of this can happen because the breasts operate on a supply-and-demand basis. If the body detects there is a need to produce milk, it will produce the amount of milk to supply the demand, even to activating itself from an otherwise inactive state. Even a man's chest can produce milk when induced and given hormone supplements, as they have the same tissues, glands and whatnot that women have.

Re:Uncoscionable! (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492692)

correct, but of course we want naturally induced mother's milk, we being the insatiable horny-toads of the world

Re:Uncoscionable! (1)

gv250 (897841) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492094)

a great way for gals to make a few bucks on the side.

They moved them?

Re:Uncoscionable! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492302)

Who cares about the end product of human milk. It is all about original packaging, branding and marketing of the human milk . :)

I raise doves (4, Informative)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491656)

Doves and pigeons are very closely related and some of the few birds that produce crop milk.

Very specifically, crop milk is the sloughed lining of the interior of the crop. Pigeons and doves will stop eating a few days before they lay and fill their crops with seeds, insects, and sometimes fruits or berries. They will keep these foods items in the crop, grinding them over and over with the gizzard while the skin cells lining the inside of the crop get irritated and engorge with fluid. Once the chicks start feeding, which is very soon after hatching, the cells detach, burst, and mix with the well ground food items.

The resulting mix smells horrible and is my least favorite part of dealing with my birds.

So, yeah. Cooing Farms Crop Milk will never find a place in my refrigerator.

Re:I raise doves (1)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492452)

Neither of the terms "dove" nor "pigeon" are rigorously defined in biology. In colloquial speech even less so.

Re:I raise doves (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492738)

I raise Zenaida asiatica and the crop milk comments apply to all of family Columbidae.

Cow (1)

Mike Mentalist (544984) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491712)

Drink from the udder
Doing it with a pigeon
Makes you shudder

/going home now

Simpsons did it. (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491758)

I was promised dog or higher!

Um, eeewww! (3, Insightful)

jbarr (2233) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491780)

I'd rather drink human breast milk. At least the source is more appealing.

For suitable definitions of "milk" (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491832)

I'm pretty sure that the Polytron [wordpress.com] can "milk" virtually any animal, producing a protein-rich nutrient fluid... Also available [capitolscientific.com] in larger and more powerful sizes...

Crop Milk = Fermented rotting pigeon barf (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491906)

Some people in south america eat the shit of animals that feed on certain kind of berries, but come on, we don't have to take every secretion that comes out of an animal and put it in our mouths just because it has protein, fats and carbs in it. You could give a horse a blowjob to completion too and get that.

skim pigeon milk (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#37491982)

The fact that it's high in fat shouldn't be a problem: just produce a "skim" version of it.

"Pigeon milkers" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492084)

Curious - people who race pigeons as a sport are called "duivemelkers" in Dutch (Flemish), which translated to "pigeon milkers". Have we finally discovered their dark secret?

Nintendo were onto something (1)

metamatic (202216) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492202)

In "Animal Crossing", Brewster the barista is a pigeon, and his special coffee contains a dash of pigeon milk.

Yes. (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492218)

There was another species which we havent fucked up in pigeons, and we are now fucking them up too. Good going.

A new milk to consume (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492284)

is not what a nation that stands in the midst of an obesity epidemic needs.

Penguins! (1)

dargaud (518470) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492330)

They should do it with emperor penguins [gdargaud.net] (that my own pic), that's the only way they feed their chicks, so you'd gets loads of that stuff. And to add to the 'Eeeew factor', it's bright green !

I'm Appalled! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492338)

They promised me dog or higher!

Pigeons spread diseases . . . (1)

twoDigitIq (1352643) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492468)

and mess up the place. You've seen that! Yeah!

Sweet! (1)

Wingfat (911988) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492548)

As a Bird i welcome this. I have hate cows, cow milk is nasty, just thinking about cow utters and my breakfast is disturbing. Why oh why cant we just milk humas? Plunety of out of work Moms out there that could use the cash. I would rather have that then cow milk. Bird milk sounds good to me though.. Rice Milk and Soy Milk have been good to me and with cooking it is ok. How would butter milk busquets come out with all Bird Milk? Bird Butter.. hmmm maybe i need to jump on that before Land O Lakes does ;-) lol

Boosting Immune System? (4, Interesting)

BoRegardless (721219) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492674)

Why and under what conditions would you want your immune system response to go up?

Overactive immune systems do kill people. Inflammation is often an overactive immune system in action. In the lungs it can lead to quick massive pneumonia with aggressive flu virus.

Just exactly how would a person know if their immune system is already "too high"?

The media overuse of the marketing phrase "improved immune system" does a disservice to average consumers.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492786)

Semen is high in protein!

But you won't catch me drinking that! My wife, on the other hand...

Yorkshire slang (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37492816)

In Yorkshire "pigeon milk" is sterilized milk.
I never knew that pigeons really lactate.
I suppose the old "pigeon fanciers" coined the phrase.

sane and rational? (1)

danlock4 (1026420) | more than 2 years ago | (#37492872)

"The idea of drinking pigeon milk may bring a shudder to every sane and rational person in the world[...]"

Or maybe it's just the insane and irrational people in the world who shudder when thinking of drinking pigeon milk. What does that quotation imply about its author?

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