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Homing Pigeon

Average User Rating:
4/5,
  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Bar, barless, Grizzle, Light Check T-check, Smokey, Brown, Dilute brown/khaki, cream/dilute ash-red, silver, recessive red, red, lemon, Almond, white, opal,blue
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    First used 3000 years ago. Used all over the world to deliver mail. Have even been used in the military.
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  • Breed Details:
    The birds care for their own young, and no intervention is necessary. Pairs raise 2 young at a time. Both take turns caring for the young. A very smart breed. Have very strong homing instinct. Their average flying speed over moderate distances 500 miles is around 80 km/h (50 mph). Can be trained to return home from great distances.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. CochinBrahmaLover
    4/5,
    "Good for any weather, great starter bird"
    Pros - Heat and cold tolerant, many color variations, good flyers,
    Cons - Nothing specific to this breed; pigeons in general? Poop a lot, messy, not too friendly
    Loving these guys. I have 2 different bloodlines - both great- though one is more colorful than the other. As a general rule of thumb, better birds usually are plain colors, as they were bred solely for homing.
    These guys (when bred for FLYING and not show) are great flyers, hard to home (so that once they 'home' to a place - ie, fly back to it repeatedly - and rehoming them means that they learn a new place is their new home, and fly back it. A good pigeons is almost impossible to rehome, if not), and full of muscle! Good size to eat as well.
    Profolic, good parents, and overall a great beginner bird. They do great in both cold and hot weather, and aside from hawks, ravens & crows, they're excellent for avoiding predators. Ravens & crows are very smart, and while homers CAN avoid them, sometimes intellect beats speed. Hawks in general always win, unless you have a good, vigilant line. Fast too.
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    It won't let me preview, so ill just describe the pics ;
    The hen sitting on the eggs is from a different line than the colorful homers. Those eggs were infertile, I think because it was winter so the cock probably didnt do his job quite right.. :lol:
    Then there's the colorful homer, the one that I'm holding. Different line, but still good, though a bit inferior to the one that was on the eggs, simply because color made a difference so sometimes homing was sacrificed for color. But, well worth it.
    Then there's the homer squab - not sure who the parents are, but I got him with the hen that was sitting on eggs (I got them as a group with a couple others). Working on building up his muscle for summer flying.
    The there's my 2 ferals. They're the ones standing in front of wood. Both cocks, so neither is very afraid of me. Gotta stand up so that they can prove to the ladies that there'll be good fathers... ;) the plain, blue on was actually the father of the 2 eggs the one homer hen was sitting on.
    Overall:
    4
  2. TheCrazyClucker
    4/5,
    "Awesome pigeon!"
    Pros - Quiet, beautiful, always can find their way home.
    Cons - Not really any, except the males can get a little feisty during mating season.
    I have 2 homing pigeons, and they are very fun pets. They are people friendly, and not very loud. I've never lost a homing pigeon, due to the fact that they are hardy in all kinds of weather and situations. Their only drawback is if you have males and females together; males can get a bit feisty during mating season. Despite that, they are a very great pigeon!
    Overall:
    4.5
  3. Hokum Coco
    5/5,
    "White Homing Pigeons"
    Pros - Free fly, smart, good parents, eye candy.
    Cons - They do not clean up after themselves.
    My grand daughter and I are trying to starting a dove release business in our area. She helps me with the birds and it is something we share an interest in. She has experienced love, loss, worry, responsibility, first aid, birth, pride,happiness, and more all from being involved with these doves. The farthest toss we have done to date has been about 60 miles. The birds made it home before we did.

    It has became an interesting subject for class assignments for her. We also did a dove release at her school to support the anti bullying campaign. Those campaigns have become more and more prevalent over the last few years. It has become our unique way of giving notice and support to an on going problem.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    2011-01-23

User Comments

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  1. lightchick
    Now I want Homers!
  2. Primo
    My grandfather had white homing pigeons for many years. I don't know much about them, but I remember as a kid, he would pack a crate with several for us to release when we got home. He would then call us when they would make it back to the roost. He was a guard dog trainer and worked with homing pigeons while in the army during WW11. He told me they had trouble releasing them from the bombers, their wings would often break from the speed. He came up with a simple method of releasing them in a paper bag with a slit cut down the side. The birds would withstand the initial wind break, then work themselves out of the bag and fly back to base with messages.
  3. Trefoil
    Nice pics, Can you show pics of your setup as well? I like them but have no idea how to care for them.
  4. DustyDawgy
    Very pretty birds.
  5. beach hens
    Want one. Where did you get them?
  6. TheCrazyClucker
  7. RulerOfTheSkies
    I`m curious, where did you get them?
  8. ChickadeeRanch
    I want one!
    Where do u get them?!
    PM me
  9. Ellaluvsbirds
    Pictures please!
  10. snowflake
    very nice would like to see some pics of your pigeons, My grandfather kept homing pigeon, a VERY long time ago

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