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Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by someusername, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. someusername

    someusername Songster

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    Where the heck do you get a pigeon? All the ones on Stromberg's are WAY too expensive, is there any where you can get pigeon eggs at least?
     
  2. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    I got my starter birds off Craigs List, $50 for 6 nice racing homers, then 2 more given to me by the same seller. Fancy breeds are likely to cost more. Find some pigeon keepers in you area - they will be very helpful. The shipping costs for birds bought from Strombergs or similar sellers is a barrier for many. Good luck!:frow

    I don't recommend eggs - young pigeons need to be raised by their parents, unlike chickens.
     
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    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    Alternatively you could try to capture some feral pigeons, preferably nestlings about 10 days old or older, and finish raising them by hand.:)
     
  4. slorider18

    slorider18 Chirping

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    I got mine from craigslist as well. Local flyer that was thinning out some of his older birds. I got 4 birds for free and some good advice. Have you checked if there is a club close to you? You can go to pigeon.org and then check by state for clubs.
     
  5. Kusanar

    Kusanar Crowing

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    Mine is a feral that can't fly, I know a guy that raises them for hawk bait (he's a falconer) so I can probably get another off of him.
     
  6. slorider18

    slorider18 Chirping

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    that almost makes me sad but everyone got to eat. I'd love to get a hawk someday down the road. Gonna be a long while though before I can dedicate that kind of time.
     
  7. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

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    You might wanna be quick!
    I love hawks. They're such graceful birds. It's a very demanding job if you have one though. A friend at work has a Goshawk and it escaped. It took him three days to catch it. Needless to say I kept my pigeons in!
     
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    Kusanar Crowing

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    Lol, he doesn't actually feed them to them, he uses the pigeons to catch wild adult raptors. Apparently there is a vest you can put on them that has a lot of loops on it, the hawk attacks the pigeon and gets stuck in the loops and can't leave.[/QUOTE]
     
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    CCUK Free Flying

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    Sounds like pretty scary stuff for the poor old pigeon!
     
  10. Kusanar

    Kusanar Crowing

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    Sounds like pretty scary stuff for the poor old pigeon![/QUOTE]
    well, the pigeon doesn't survive, so I doubt it is scared for long... but I agree, but, the again, how else are you going to catch a mature raptor?
     
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