HELP found in garage Homing or King Pigeon?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Lynnsfarm, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Lynnsfarm

    Lynnsfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. This bird was in my garage Thursday afternoon.Didn't appear injured or sick. It wouldn't leave today. I have it in a large wire dog crate, as I couldn't get it to go anywhere but back into garage lol. I have a roaming flock of Bantam chickens with a rooster, 2 cats, and a large dog, I don't want to shoo off a king pigeon to its probable death, but I really cant afford another pet either. Please help. It has red feet and is kinda short and stocky. Ill take a picture of it standing tomorrow if that helps, thank you so much.[​IMG]
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  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  3. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah it definitely looks domestic... especially if it let you catch it without seeming to be ill. You could also place a found ad on craigslist, in case someone is looking for it. I have bought adult unbanded pigeons and lost them, but just because they didn't have a band didn't mean I wasn't looking for them. Also do you have a coop for you bantams? Because if you did decide to keep him, a single adult pigeon that isn't a fancy breed should do fine with chickens (especially bantams), as long as he has some roosts up high. I wouldn't put a youngster with them, but I have kept homers, rollers, and kings with my chickens without issue.
     
  4. Lynnsfarm

    Lynnsfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    It has no band, if it did then I would know for sure. I don't keep my chickens in a coop they are free roam with wings clipped. They sleep on staggered shelves attached to outside of my garage. They are Bantams from wild birds that just came to my yard lol. So if I have to keep this bird it will have to be caged. I don't like to cage birds, plus it needs a big enough cage built do that it can fly around in, if its a King pigeon. I don't have the room or means to build something that big. I posted an ad on craigs list a day after I found it, no reply's yet thank you for your advice I really need to know which bird it is. King Pigeons from what I have read cant fly well and are raised for meat :(
    Here is hoping its a Homer so I can set it free.
     
  5. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mean you can always just offer it food and water where you feed and water your chickens and I bet he'd stick around. At least then he isn't having to totally fend for himself. Or you could put the cage with food and water somewhere and then start opening the door so he can come and go. Most pigeons will stick around somewhere they consider home and it sounds like he has picked your place as home. Just give him a perch, food, water and maybe some shelter and he probably could survive, since you must not have too much of a predator problem if you let your chickens free range 100% of the time! I know some places where there aren't many hawks people let fancy pigeons like fantails out no problem.
     
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  6. Lynnsfarm

    Lynnsfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Just thought I would update. I'm pretty sure it is a King pigeon. Its very laid back, lol. I left the cage door open all day today it is not interested in going anywhere. Its amazing to me.. lol I might have to make it at least fly a little. I live on outskirts of city, not many predators in my neighborhood none that will come in my fenced yard, between my pit-bull and my cats its covered. Contrary to popular belief cats are afraid of chickens. My chickens ganged up on a cat that ventured into my yard last month, they formed a line and all chased it until it went over the fence! It was hilarious! Thanks for your input everyone. I'm keeping the bird unless I hear from owner that is..
    Thanks,
    Lynn
     
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  7. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck n just get it another pigeon friend if its kept up.
     

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