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    Pigeon Talk

    What do you guys think of something like this up on a set of legs as a small loft? The front panel would probably have to be redone with smaller doors so they couldn’t all just fly out but I’m sure the ones that come with it would still be useful. I’m not loving the lumber prices right now.
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    Pigeon loft in tractor shed... bad idea?

    They’ll get used to it regardless of how close to to the tractor. :) My aviary and loft is built right next to our shed which houses my riding mower. It startled them the first time but now I’ve even had it backfire in front of the coop and not scare them. Your plans look good so far! (Better...
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    Pigeon ate moldy seed

    Could’ve been some kind of green plant material too, they’ll eat grass even. I wouldn’t worry :)
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    Pigeon Talk

    Since you’re moving anyway maybe replace it with a fake? @backyard pigeons those new boxes look nice, good job. How are your starlings doing?
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    Bird Watcher Chat!

    I’d say both owls are barred owls, adults or almost there. Awesome to see them in the day like that. The one in the second pic definitely looks a bit disheveled. Maybe you caught him or her drying off from a bath :p I also think the the dark bird in the swamp is probably an anhinga. They’re...
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    Bird Watcher Chat!

    Nice pics. Last one is a red shouldered hawk.
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    Pigeon Talk

    Enjoying some more snow today
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    Pigeon Talk

    The wild ones love to mimic other birds, I bet it won’t be long before the males are all cooing.
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    Pigeon Talk

    Mozart is also known to have had a starling as a pet. The story goes that he bought it because he heard it whistling one of his tunes in a store. Their mimicking ability is really good which is why a lot of people desire them as pets but they're neat birds in their own right.
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    Pigeon Talk

    I've never had any, only knowledge through research from planning on it. Here's a great website, they also have a forum. http://www.starlingtalk.com/ Wild caught would probably depend on whether or not your customers want them as cage birds or outdoor aviary pets. The captive bred ones would...
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    Pigeon Talk

    Really cool! When I lost my last flock I was considering trying to get some starlings to fill my aviary instead, at least until my lone survivor turned up in another state. Good luck with them! They're really neat and intelligent birds, they make great pets. If you breed them (they're quite...
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    Bird Watcher Chat!

    Nice mocker, one of my favorites. I don’t ever get any around here :(
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    Pigeon Talk

    Thanks for that info. I wasn’t sure if it was an indicator of a problem with diet or something. I kind of like the neck feathers, they look a bit like rooster hackles when he gets cooing
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    Bird Watcher Chat!

    I don’t always participate in the count but I try to upload any good sightings I get in public spaces to the Audubon app. I had a lone dove today. Definitely not an uncommon species but I don’t really recall ever seeing them around in the winter, they usually move to more open spaces.
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    Pigeon Talk

    Does anyone know what these wispy feathers are caused by? I thought he’d molt out of them but he’s going on like nine months of age. The ones on his neck are most noticeable but he also has some that look a little tatty on his wing shields. He’s always had them, and his sister does not.
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    Pigeon Talk

    I think somebody told me that those markings on the beak can mean the pigeon carries what’s called the dirty or smokey gene which in addition to feather markings can cause them to have dark feet which eventually lighten up.
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    Reptile Club! <3

    ^Great advice! I’ve had mine for well over a decade and there’s some times where I walk by the tank and startle him and he’ll either run off or lash his tail. Yours might just be jumpier than most, but I find that if you’re just very slow and deliberate around them they’ll always stay relaxed.
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    Any tips on how to make my birds happier?

    A mirror could be a good choice. Maybe use a magnet on the back of the mirror to stick it to some metal in the loft/aviary. Mine have played with some toys and some have been snubbed. One of my young birds really loved to carry a fishing bobber around in his beak but eventually got bored of it...
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    Bird Watcher Chat!

    I only get the slate-colored type at my location, but they still come in a nice range of greyish brown to black.
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    Bird Watcher Chat!

    Anyone seen any new birds lately? There was a snowy owl in NYC recently for the first time in many years. Winter storm Orlena is finally here- but I like the snow since it makes the bird stand out a little more against the landscape. In the pic is mostly juncos with a few white crowned sparrows.
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