General pigeon questions

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by mangove, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. mangove

    mangove Just Hatched

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    Hey guys! I currently have a large 30x14 aviary with a 9x9 coop area connected to the aviary and thinking about raising pigeons in this aviary. But first, I have a lot of questions... Also, I'm planning on getting a good amount of white homers to use in weddings, but also would like some "fancy" ones just to look at.

    1.) how much does a white homing pigeon cost on average?

    2.) how often do you have to clean the pigeon loft, also how do you do this?

    3.) right now the aviary is very nice, and has landscaping and stuff and a pond, and a bench and I don't want it to be covered in poop and ruined by the pigeons, how many should be my limit so that the place doesn't get trashed by the birds?

    4.) Do pigeons drown? I have had MANY animals drown in that dang koi pond in the aviary and I don't want the pigeons to be another one on that list.

    5.) do pigeons eat snow, just planning ahead, around my place winter temps commonly get below 0 so water freezes VERY quickly and just wondering if anyone has had their pigeons eat snow. Preferably they would always have water, but if it happens to freeze while I'm out or something I want them to have another option.

    6.) is it too late in the year to buy some squabs and then have them breed again this year?

    Thanks for all your help guys!
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  3. mangove

    mangove Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much for the helpful answers!

    Also, do you just feed them chicken feed? When they are little and you are keeping them "locked" in the loft, can they have free range to the aviary? Or will they not register the aviary and the loft as a home?
     
  4. mangove

    mangove Just Hatched

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    Also, can homers fly back in the winter, or just the summer? Is the cold too much for them?
     
  5. mangove

    mangove Just Hatched

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    Also, do you know of anyone that lives in the nw pa region that raises pigeons?
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I hand feed my homers shelled unsalted peanuts as a treat only and they will fly to me when I whistle. It takes some patience but it can be done (harder especially with older birds).

    Pigeons are super smart and can identify people from one another the same as you. They will only do this for the ones that tend them on a regular basis.

    Over time your more aggressive birds fly to you for the LION SHARE and the rest of the flock end up at your feet waiting for spillage.
     
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  7. mangove

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    Thank you so much! I was really lucky and actually there is a breeder right near me and is selling off all of his stock so I should be able to buy some good birds from him... But first I have to go into overdrive and get this aviary pigeon outfitted
     
  8. mangove

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    Ok, so I went out today and got 10 white homing pigeons, but they are all a year old. Will they ever view my loft as home? If so, how long will it take for them to view the loft as home. Their previous home is only just 15 miles away, and I'm just afraid that with the other loft being so close that they will always view the other loft as home...
     
  9. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they where flown at there old loft and are good homers you will loose them if you turn them out maybe if they raise a few rounds some may settle but some wont chicken laying pellets are fine only thing with pellets there droppings are loose and make a mess I do feed them they are complete diet with grains they waste some and pick what they want and leave rest and have to have grit best if you get babies that are just out the nest find some racers and those late hatches may be avaiable how deep is the water and are sides steep or could bird walk out if falls or lands in the pond
     
  10. mangove

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    The pond is about two feet deep and the sides are rubber so they are slippery, there are multiple Ramps into the pond that if s bird fell in it should be able to swim over and get out. But we recently tried putting quail in there, and when the quail would fall in they wouldn't even try to swim over to the ramp,they would just sit there and wait to drown.... So that's my big worry with the pigeons... Ok, so it is best to not ever let these older ones out, but instead raise their babies to be homers for my loft. They are currently laying eggs so I should have a nest soon and then babies soon after. Will it take long for them to settle and start a nest?
     

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