Pigeon Talk

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by WVduckchick, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I was thinking the same. :highfive:
    I have all you wonderful pigeon peeps!
    I wouldn’t mind finding a good breed/breeding book, maybe down the road some day. Depending on where this foray takes me. :p
     
  2. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    There is a good (expensive) one. When I come across it again I'll make a note for you.
     
  3. Ptera

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    Yay, another pigeon convert! I would add that mine have needed regular bird calcium supplements, especially the females (egg layers). It's a powder you can sprinkle on their seed, or mix with water & squirt into their beaks if an emergency. My girls have gone lame occasionally. They revived back to normal with emergency calcium for a few days. Now I have to remember to give it to them more regularly, along with grit. I feed mine a commercial pigeon seed mix. And if their run/coop has chicken wire, the holes are too big to keep predators from reaching in and grabbing them. Maybe my male is a little foolhardy. He bumped up against the chicken wire (presumably to scare them off) & let the predator take a chunk out of him! Luckily he survived and has lived a nice long life (15+ years so far).Hardware cloth keeps them safe. Darn, I sound like a terrible pigeon mother after these mishaps, but these happened early on and I learned over time.
     
  4. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    Thank you so much for sharing!

    I'll look for the calcium next time I'm out.

    At this point, I still have them in a cage that I built. Hardware cloth all around. I currently have it sitting on top of a chicken grow-out box (no grow-outs at the moment) and up against my wood shop. We are still planning the long-term arrangements, loft, etc. once I feel like I have a good understanding of their long-term needs. I maybe put the cart before the horse sometimes. lol
     
  5. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

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    The writing was probably really really small!
    I think books are good if they are upto date and you like reading but the best way to learn is from talking to people like here! You gals and guys helped me so much with alot more invaluable information in real time than any book ever could. For any body that doesn't know, I had no experience with pigeons at all apart from feeding them a few crumbs down the park. In the past 6/7 months you have helped and guided and reassured me when things don't quite go to plan! Sorry to go on but you peeps are the bees knees!
     
  6. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    :frow Glad you joind us! :love
    Thanks for sharing.. it helps us all! :highfive:
     
  7. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

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    Hiya! 15yrs is good! I hope mine will be here that long! They may outlive me!
     
  8. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    Hope they arrive in good shape. Maybe have some electrolite powder on hand jic? :fl
     
  9. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    Cart before the horse.. isnt that how its done?? :D
     
  10. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

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    I had a pigeon first! Then came the loft!
     

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