LittleFalcon

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Well, I finally broke down and got some pigeons! Yeah! :clap

I've been breeding chickens and ducks for a few years now (also previously had turkey and quail) and I have 3 budgies indoors, but I decided I wanted some pigeons. So I found a fella close to me that had some fantails, which were the first pigeon to ever catch my eye and make me say "I want some of those!". Turned out that he also had a pair of Satinettes, and once I looked those up, I was hooked! So I met up with him last weekend. I got the pair of Satinettes, and he also had some parlor rollers. After looking at the fantails, I decided I liked the parlor rollers better, so I came home with the pair of Satinettes and a pair of parlor rollers.

Being not so new to the chicken world, but brand new to the pigeon world, I'd like to invite you to share your experiences with me. Major differences in raising pigeons as opposed to chickens, etc, etc. Especially pigeon specific stuff that non-pigeon people probably never thought of, etc. I've been reading many of the pigeon related threads here, but hate to hijack them with a bunch of my questions, so here we go..... tell me, tell me. :pop

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I'm also twisting the arm (*wink, wink*) of @Fields Mountain Farm and @shawluvsbirds to get some pigeons too, so we decided we could hopefully learn this stuff together.
So jealous! I have been wanting pigeons for years now but I cannot get a hold of any. I almost got a pair a couple months ago. they were black pigeons. But there were only two and it was 50 bucks
 
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Do these rollers roll on purpose? Do they fly without rolling?
so... some would say yes, some would say no. No one I know of knows of why it how they roll, just like no one knows how it why homing pigeons return home. (Pigeons are still a very unknown bird, even though they are seen daily in the city) ... They can fly for long intervals without rolling, but it really depends on the bird. Some never even roll at all. I raised them for 1 year, then got out of them, mostly. I still have three, as they were my very first ones I ever got.
So jealous! I have been wanting pigeons for years now but I cannot get a hold of any. I almost got a pair a couple months ago. they were black pigeons. But there were only two and it was 50 bucks
where are you located? Craigslist has many pigeons for sale. If that doesn't work, you can go under bridges and capture young wild pigeons. don't capture adults, as they may have babies that need them, and they wouldn't handle captivity well at all.
 
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LittleFalcon

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so... some would say yes, some would say no. No one I know knows or why they roll, just like no one knows how it why homing pigeons return home. (Pigeons are still a very unknown bird, even though they are seen daily in the city) ... They can fly for long intervals without rolling, but it really depends on the bird. Some never even roll at all. I raised them for 1 year, then got out of them, mostly. I still have three, as they were my very first ones I ever got.
where are you located? Craigslist has many pigeons for sale. If that doesn't work, you can go under bridges and capture young wild pigeons. don't capture adults, as they may have babies that need them, and they wouldn't handle captivity well at all.
I live in idaho and i don't see very many wild pigeons every. i saw the black pair on craigslist but they were 50 bucks and i didn't have the money at the time and it was very sad. I here they make amazing pets!
 

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I get that hawks are protected, but there should really be exceptions when they are hurting livestock. They are increasing in numbers like crazy. I'm europe, there so common fancier are happy to only lose one bird per fly. It's terrible. There populations are increasing because of it, and there actually harming native game birds such as bobwhite quail. Yet, the bobwhites are still hunted... Same with pheasants farther north. The hawks are just thining out birds, while they are going up in population quick. We better rethink the laws, as we are damaging many species

I'm done ;)
Keep your birds indoors if you are upset over hawks. You won't lose any.
Pheasants are native to China! They aren't even supposed to live in North America.
 
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I here they make amazing pets!
yes they do! you should keep looking! If you do get some, we will help you all you need!
Keep your birds indoors if you are upset over hawks. You won't lose any.
Pheasants are native to China! They aren't even supposed to live in North America.
Its natural to be upset if you lose something you spend hours with very day. But it isn't natural for pigeons to not fly, and they need free flight, if they are a flying breed. It is inhumane if you ask me to not fly racing homers. If I decide to stop flying them because of hawks (other than during the fall and winter when I lose a bird every fly) I will sell every racing homer I own, and start up with a different breed. Probably old English frills. The looks of a racing homer the day after flying home 100 miles far outweighs one deprived of doing what is natural, free flight. But birds who fly every day (I have several groups of flying birds, YB, OB, don't want to lose, so they fly twice a week birds..., And unsettled, which I am working on settling them now) have nearly twice the muscle tone. They get sick less, and have raised healthier babies. Have you ever seen racing homers fly? It is a sight to behold. They all race out of the coop with excitement. They fly in beautiful patterns. The picture below is from yesterday. A five mile toss. Good practice for the little birdies.
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Now, Don't fly Olive! she wasn't Bred for it. Besides, a whole house is a good sized loft. ;)

As far as the pheasants, Good catch! It slipped my mind that they weren't native, due to the hunting seasons (which are generally in place for native birds) and that they have been in the U.S. Since 1881. Thankfully they are not harming native species like other birds are.
 

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I live in idaho and i don't see very many wild pigeons every. i saw the black pair on craigslist but they were 50 bucks and i didn't have the money at the time and it was very sad. I here they make amazing pets!
If you are still planning that big move, you might consider getting them at new home. Squeezing them into your Noah's Ark trip may be even more challenging.
 

LittleFalcon

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If you are still planning that big move, you might consider getting them at new home. Squeezing them into your Noah's Ark trip may be even more challenging.
Lol hello again! Actually we found some pigeons on craigslist not long after i found this thread and we will be meeting them tomorrow at 6pm. I think they are called fan tailed pigeons?
 

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Have talked to people that had Birmingham rollers and got hit hard by Hawks that switched to flying oriental rollers that taught local Hawks that it was a waste of time to attempt to catch a pigeon. Some people use FOR to protect their homers and BR pigeons. The escampadissa pigeons were bred to catch Hawks by outflying them and leading them to traps.

I would like birds that had a variety of moves possibly at the expense of the deep thirty foot plus rolls. I don't desire to compete, only to observe, my own birds for my own enjoyment.
 

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