Pigeon Questions...

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by duckncover, May 1, 2009.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    I may be able to get a pair of pigeons off this guy.

    This is what he has...

    TIPPLERS, HIGH FLYERS CANADIANS,

    BALDHEAD-TUMBLER-ROLLERS

    ITALIAN-OWLS

    CHINESE-OWLS

    NEW YORK BALDHEADS TUMBLERS

    NEW YORK FLIGHTING FLIGHTS

    WEST-OF-ENGLANDS-BALDHEAD-TUMBLERS


    What breed do you suggest I get?

    Do I need a loft or can I keep them in a cage? What does a loft do?

    I already know that the birds I get won't home but when/if they have young do I have to teach them to home or will they do it themselves?

    Does anyone have any pictures of any of these breeds?

    Are pigeons' dispositions anything like a doves?

    Okay that's it...

    Thanks!
     
  2. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

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    Quote:TIPPLERS, HIGH FLYERS CANADIANS,
    ITALIAN-OWLS
    CHINESE-OWLS
    WEST-OF-ENGLANDS-BALDHEAD-TUMBLERS
    NEW YORK BALDHEADS TUMBLERS

    the WOE are really friendly, the Owls Tipplers and New Yorks are rare

    Go with the Tipplers and WOE.
     
  3. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

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    I am new to pigeons but you can contact FRCHUCK on this forum. He will be able to answer any questions you have.
     
  4. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    Can 2 different breeds reproduce?

    I want a "Unique" pigeon...lol.

    Are they hard to breed?
     
  5. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll breed with each other, if this is your first pigeons, I suggest avoiding all the owls breed and anything with feathery legs.

    Tipplers are high flyers, tumblers roll in the sky when they fly.
     
  6. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suggest either the tipplers, rollers, or flights. NY Flights are very bright and 'different'. They'll also fly for long periods of time, as will tipplers. Rollers will do backflips in mid-flight. All are a joy to watch, and all are hardy, good beginner breeds.


    And for the record, all pigeon breeds can cross.

    You need a loft if you get any of the breeds I mentioned above. The WOE Tumblers and owls are more show-like than for flying, so something as simple as a rabbit hutch will work for them. But the tipplers, highfliers, other tumblers, and flights are built for flying and lofts make that more easier. Doesn't have to be big and fancy though.

    None of these breeds have good homing ability but ALL pigeon breeds have the homing INSTINCT. That means they will automatically come back in the loft after being released, whereas doves and other caged birds would fly away. However, you cannot take any pigeon breeds but the homing pigeon and release them from a distance and expect them to come home. They'll get lost unless they can see the loft or familiar land/birds.

    So nope, no teaching involved. All you need to do is keep them in the loft for 2 to 3 weeks before letting them out. Then once you do let them out to fly, make sure they haven't been fed so that when you get ready for them to come in, you can easily trap them back in the loft with some food. I release my birds twice a day for exercise (once before their breakfast, and once before their afternoon meal. pigeons only have to be fed twice a day, at about a tablespoon or two of food per bird. doesn't sound like much, huh?).
     
  7. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Okla-doodle-doo

    Okla-doodle-doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Italian owls are pretty rare and the ones I had were very charming birds. I would go with them. Unlike some owls they can feed and raise their own. They are usually pretty tame after they get used to you and will "home" once they start raising babies.
     

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