The pigeon farm

Topic area
Agriculture and forestry, incl. value chain

Disaggregation level
Short supply chains
Agricultural services
Local amenities

Project region

Local Action Group (LAG)
LAG südburgenland plus

LE– Programming Period
LE 14–20

Project period
2013-2022 (geplantes Projektende)

EN - 4.2.1. Verarbeitung, Vermarktung und Entwicklung landwirtschaftlicher Erzeugnisse

Project initiator
Gerhard & Sandro Methlagl

Short description

Far away from industrial pigeon keeping, our primary goal is to breed pigeons in a way that is appropriate to the species. This means fodder from our own production and also from regional farmers, no industrial fodder, exclusively grain and if possible organic, no antibiotics and other medicines in the breeding phase, stables with daylight, well ventilated by open fronts, enough nesting cells with dry bedding. Stress-free slaughtering on the farm, without long transports and refrigerated delivery throughout Austria within 48 hours guarantee the end consumer a perfect product.

The aim is to offer healthy meat and to give customers the opportunity to see all this on the spot.

Point of departure

The demand for pigeon meat is growing and could so far only be met through imports.

The project offers itself here in the south if the Burgenland region due to the climate, the fodder production on site and the possibility to generally acquire agricultural land as a new farmer!

Targets and target groups

Above all the upscale gastronomy as well as individuals.

Project implementation and measures

New construction of breeding boxes and enlargement of the gene pool.

Results and effects

Top companies in Austria and Germany buy the domestic pigeon. Customers like Steirereck Vienna, Richard Rauch Trautmannsdorf, as well as local restaurants order regularly and thus serve as multipliers.


Poultry breeding in a new sector lives from experience! The critical situation is when one recognizes changes in the state of health of the animals. A cooperation with the farm veterinarian as well as the Chamber of Agriculture was helpful in such situations!