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When to let your new pigeons fly?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by copperduck, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. copperduck

    copperduck Out Of The Brooder

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    I just purchased young pigeons about the time they are ready to fly. And I'm new to pigeoning I have a platform and a cage outside of the coop so all I do is lift up the cage and they would be left on the platform, but I've only had them since Saturday night, I would appreciate everyone's opinions thank
     
  2. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It has been years since I owned pigeons. Clip their wings, by the time they grow back and can fly, let them go, they know where home is now.
     
  3. Adrian8231

    Adrian8231 New Egg

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    That's the method I've followed
     
  4. copperduck

    copperduck Out Of The Brooder

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    Ugh I really don't wanna do that
     
  5. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the standard practice. Gamble at your own risk. If they don't feel that it is home when they leave they won't be back.
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I would let them view their surroundings outside for two to three weeks get them familiar to the entrance and exit of your pigeon trap or loft.
    This is a photo of my bobbed pigeon trap that doubles as a small aviary when the landing ramp is closed.


    When the ramp is up they get used to walking through the bobs in a matter of minutes and returning into their loft and have it mastered in a few days.

    The opening into the loft has bobs that only swing inward.
    On their first taste of freedom it is wise to release one bird at a time and make sure you have taken their feed away from them for at least 12 hours to give them further motivation to renter the loft and join the rest of the flock for breakfast .


    I usually release them from their pigeon transport carrier in full view of the landing ramp maybe 10 - 20 feet away.

    This method always gave me good resuts.

    Good luck back yard buddy.


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  7. copperduck

    copperduck Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, mine is a similar set up, they had lice when I purchased them so I dusted them and someone told me they were to young to fly Apparently not cause one flew right outa my hands luckily it flew right back into the building I keep them in lol
     
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    copperduck Out Of The Brooder

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  9. copperduck

    copperduck Out Of The Brooder

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    So all I do is lift the cage and the platform stays! It was my gfs dad's idea he's a pigeon guy
     
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  10. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have never clipped new pigeons wings.... young birds can be trained to the new loft easily. Adult birds are a different matter.

    As others have advised you... let them get used to going in and out of the trap... fix up a small flight or have some netting outside the coop so they can get out and look around the area and get used to the landmarks and activity and sounds in your area.

    I would wait at least a month before you remove the netting and let them free fly.

    Don't take them away from the loft and make them fly to it... just let them come out on their own and explore.

    Don't case them or try to catch them outside.. or they may get spooked and fly off.

    Train them to come into the loft when you make a call and feed them. When you let them out do it just before feeding time when they are hungry.

    Good luck.
     
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