mixing wild pigeons.

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by J3172, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2010
    At my friends barn, were I keep all my birds, they're 4 pigeons in the hay loft, if i catch them and breed them with homers, what would the babies do?
  2. bleechme

    bleechme Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 4, 2010
    they would ruin your homer's homing abilities. well, not the adults but the offspring will not have great homing abilities. They will pretty much be called barn-pigeons (scrubs) an lose their value.
    Please don't mix them!
  3. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2010
    Alright new question, what gives a homer his homing abilities, that other pigeons don't have?
  4. Okla-doodle-doo

    Okla-doodle-doo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    I think they all have it,its just more pronounced in homers. I raise rollers and have had them come long distances when they were sold or given away. Doesn't always happen. Have had others get lost a half a mile from home and take up with wild flocks! Like the other guy said ,I would not mix as it will ruin the valvue of your purebred birds. If you still want them,pen them separate and use them as feeders for your homers. Wild pigeons are just as enjoyable as the fancy breeds. Thats what I started out with some 45 years ago!
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I've trapped wild pigeons that would return when released
    If you're not racing them, or selling them as "Homers", I don't see what it would hurt.
  6. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    I wouldn't do it for all the reasons above... However if you decide to go ahead and do it anyway, just think about all the fun and exciting diseases you'll get to learn about, it will be an opportunity to learn about sorts of interesting avian diseases that captive pigeons can catch from wild flocks... Yes i'm sarcastic, but please don't take offense. What you are thinking of doing is kind of like adopting a wild raccoon as a friend for your dog.
  7. NYboy

    NYboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    Those pigeons are used to being free. Taking away their freedom would be cruel. Lots of people look to give away free Homers. Because you can only fly the babies, many will give away their breeding stock when they have enough birds.
  8. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2010
    ok, 95yj I understand that they would most likely have diseases, then why can you only fly young birds?
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Who says you can only fly young birds? There are both young bird and old bird races. Wild pigeons (in addition to many other diseases) frequently carry a virulent form of canker that is almost 100% fatal to captive raised birds. There would be no common sense reason to combine wild birds with an established flock. Unless of course you wanted to infect and lose all of your birds.
  10. Sunny the Hippie Chick

    Sunny the Hippie Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Brookings Oregon
    I was told that all the wild pigeons were once domestic homers. That excaped and went feral.

    To prove the point to a friend once. I caught some wild ones. And entered them in the fair with my bought ones. Some of the wild ones won better ribbons than the ones I had owned for years..

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