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post #11 of 14
I don't know if you can get to the birds. If you can, I usaly go in the night and bring a bright flashlight locate the birds you want. Move as closely as you can, once your 10 feet or so away. Turn your beam on them move closer turn on off on off every 3 second be moving closer every time. Once you close enough to make a catch keep the light on them then ether shut it off hold still then blind it with light and grab your bird. Or the second you turn off the lights grab your bird. That what I do. But watching the pattern of the birds is a big part to catchING see where is the place thay feed and drink most often. Traps I haven't had luck with. When I was 10 used a cardboard box. Propped it up with a stick tide a string to the stick. Bate with wheat when a pigeon comes to eat I would pull on the string and the box would fall and trap the bird.that might be what your grand daughter could try.
post #12 of 14

Teaching your granddaughter to trap wild birds and take them form the wild may not be the best lesson to be teaching her.....

 

Adding those birds to you loft will have a great risk of introducing disease and parasites.

 

Also you will have to keep them prisoners.. as if you let them out they will likely fly away back to where you got them.

 

Taking adult feral birds may also mean you are leaving their young in the nest to slowly starve to death.

 

I would suspect the birds are not going to be happy being captive... as they are used to a wild free life also. 

 

Its easier to buy new young birds from breeders in your area... often they are free or very inexpensive.. and they should be healthy and disease free.. also used to humans and living in a loft.

post #13 of 14
Feral pigeons like feral dogs, but they don't do as well (average span of life one to two years in big cities). They are almost completely Dependant on us survival, if not now completely, even if in abandoned structure s eating leftovers. I've taken in injured n young ferals that are close to home n they never went back to old nests and brought back others of flock when let out sometimes. Usually if not flying type breed or crosses they wouldn't go too far from now home. They learn where better home/food is after week to month. You could try to toss your pigeons as the feral flock coming in from feeding in evening n see if any trap in with them, n how some do.
Edited by laughingdog - 4/15/16 at 2:20pm

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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post #14 of 14

I raise feral pigeons. I have no problem with them what so ever. They are strong healthy birds. I also live in a very rural town with only a few building that reach 3 stories. I catch mine under bridges and under my neighbors bird feeder :lol:. They also live with my fantails, homers, archangels, figurita owls, and my mixes. All my pigeons live together as it is just a hobby for me. Since all my ferals cross breed with all my other breeds I get very interesting looking birds. And all the ferals that I have caught I don't let them out until Ive had them for 2 months. When I let them out i let them out with all my other birds. I have yet to have one fly away. My oldest feral that I have now is 7 years old I caught him as a squab. You should have no problems with raising ferals. I hope this helps. :) 


Edited by BackyardFarmer4 - 4/19/16 at 7:49am
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