Hi. First time post here and I have a few questions. I've always been interested in pigeons because it's the only hobby where you can watch your pets majestically fly over the tree tops and they invariably come home (2nd generation). I don't plan on showing or racing but I will train any Homers that I get just for personal enjoyment. My newbie questions: 1. What is the life expectancy of the typical pigeon? 2. I understand that pigeons are prolific breeders with a ratio of about 5:1 annually. What do you do to keep your flock size from outgrowing your loft? 3. What strategies do you use to keep your flock from becoming inbred? 4. How much does an average pigeon eat per day, with and without young? Thank You.