Can you retain a pigeon...

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by MatthewsHomestead, May 23, 2019.

  1. MatthewsHomestead

    MatthewsHomestead Free Ranging

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    I recently acquired a mated pair of white homing pigeons and their coop that they have called home since birth/hatch. Thy are about 2 yrs old. How do I go about retraining them to "home in" here so that when I release they dont go back to where I got them from? 20190522_103828.jpg
     
  2. Did you ask the person you got them from? Are they location oriented or coop oriented? I'm just asking questions though. Definitely following. :pop
     
  3. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    Congratulations @MatthewsHomestead that is a beautiful pair. My advice is that for the present you keep them captive as stock birds. Let them give you a few rounds of lovely babies, ...:fl you might get 3 rounds this year. The youngbirds will be homeset and get them flying in a group before you think about releasing the parents. Then, understand there are no guarantees, and don't fly a bird you can't afford to lose. But basically, keeping the pair captive while they raise young is your best chance of reorienting them to your location. It looks like a nice roomy loft and they won't suffer for not flying flee. You do your best to make them love your loft with good food, clean water, baths, treats, etc. They aren't robots,... if they get real comfy there then there's a good chance they will stay.
    Again, they are gorgeous!:)
     
  4. backyard pigeons

    backyard pigeons Crowing

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    It can be very difficult, since they are so old. But you have an advantage since you have their loft. Firstly, you want to have a little wire cage\aviary so they can see their surroundings and get used to the place. You also want to start trap training them. There are several different types of traps. Heres a picture of one below.

    If you like them and would be sad if they didn't come back, don't let them out.

    NEVER fly a bird you can't bear to lose.

    I personally would let them raise up some young, and fly them. IMG_20190308_105522.jpg
     
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    backyard pigeons Crowing

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    you beat me! :thumbsup
     
  6. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    The more the merrier!:)
     
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    backyard pigeons Crowing

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    :pop

    Mention what?!
     
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  8. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    You covered it. I think matthew knows they need a cage/aviary or some kind of look around for them to get their bearings. but not sure if one came with the coop. Given that he brought the coop, I'm guessing the seller is not too far...?
     
  9. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

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    I agree.
    Where you have their coop I think you have a distinct advantage.
    Check out the link:

    https://www.royalmontrealregiment.com/carrier-pigeons-in-ww1/
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  10. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    Good to hear it since I'm passing on wise words I learned from you! :)
     

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