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Considering Pigeons, But I've got a few questions!

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Officer495, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Officer495

    Officer495 Hatching

    Mar 15, 2017
    So recently I've become a little interested in the idea of Keeping Pigeons, After i visited someone who had chickens and a pair of pigeons! They were completely beautiful, With blue coloring and feathered feet. Matched with a big pretty tail. I started doing a little research on them. But other then that one experience. The only other times I've been near pigeons are when I've seen the wild ones strutting around on the street, So I don't really know that much about them!
    I mentioned them to my dad, And he agreed that I could get us a pair if I want to see what there like. (I think he wants them himself! Even my mother seemed to like the idea of them!)
    I've begun looking them up, But I haven't done much so far. I'm not even completely sure if I'm going to try and get them yet. But I figured I'd ask here a few questions. ^^ So here I go! I hope none of these are silly questions!

    1- How tame are they? Will they perch on your hand- Eat out it? Etc?
    2- Following question 1, What would you say is the most mellow breed for being more of a pet.
    3- Are they alright being stuck in a pen. I heard a lot of people release them to fly around, But with the amount of hawks/hungry cats around here and how attached I get to some of my birds. I'd be terrified something would catch them!
    4- Following question 3, If your not planning to let them fly. Would trimming there flight feathers be best?
    5- The guy I saw that had them, Kept them with chickens. Would they be okay in a pen with chickens? Or should they be separated. I have calm/Bantam chickens I don't think would hurt them. But I'm worried about disease and such.
    6- Do they enjoy toys? I have a cockatiel and wouldn't mind giving them a few bird toys if they like them!
    7- How do they handle the cold? I've never seen it snow here. But it does tend to get pretty cold some nights!
    8- Feeding, What exactly do you tend to feed them? I was reading that bird seeds and grit and such like that?
    9- And lastly, In general. How do you like keeping them? Do you find them fun? Is there anything I should know before considering them?

    I probable have more questions that will pop in my head sometime later. But for now, Thank you for any answers! ^^ I'm just really curious right now about them and wanted to talk to people who are experienced with them!

  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2017
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