Where to buy pigeons?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Shaolin, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Shaolin

    Shaolin New Egg

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    Hi, I would like to start with pigeons but I couldn't find any breeders on line. I live in Central North Carolina. I'm hoping someone on this forum can give me a reference.

    I'm fine with having the birds shipped to me, that would be the most convenient. I would like to start with maybe 4. I like the "Flying Nun" pigeons, but a group of homers is fine to start.

    Yes, I will build an pen for them before ordering. I have a farmlet with chickens, ducks, etc. so I have some experience with animal care in general. I would be getting them as pets and for the fun of watching them fly. I do have hawks that fly over my property from time to time that could be worrisome.

    Thanks in advance for helping me out by giving me a referral or two. I'm a beginner so I don't want to spend much on birds to start.

    Be well,
    Shaolin
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Run a search on the Internet for pigeon breeders, Craig list may bring you luck, Agricultural fair people, make inquires at feed stores. Those are a few possibilities. Good Luck! My first pigeon were feral birds that I robed out of a nest. Later I trapped wild adult birds as well and yes they have homing ability the question is how much!
     
  3. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im decently close to you OP/shaolin, and could probably get or get you in touch with relatively close people that keep certain breeds, but then craigslist is a decent resource to try (just be sure to put your area code in this format instead of putting totally out, as bots ect will otherwise annoy the heck out of you), as putting your email will give you an endless mess of spam and viruses ect.. if you just want white homers for "dove" release, then i can get you in touch with or get and figure out how to send, as breeder is pretty old school and guessing wouldnt ship, but they are only ten dollars apiece. A competition flier of white racers has them for twenty dollars..
    a fancier flier supposedly, are the chinease owls, though i just got mine in fall and havent let them raise squab to try flying yet. if you have hawks already i wouldnt go with rollers, as they are pretty much just targets unless you got good BOP savy birds.
    Otherwise I keep flying flights that seem pretty BOP proof and only lost one old bird who was needing to moult or need to have tattered to bare flights and tail plucked, as he had been dragging them constantly to court the hens, then i didnt think and tossed him with the rest, and a large female peragrine scattered them far and wide right before cold bad storms came in, then the BOP came back and the younger ones chased it off as werent caught off guard right after being tossed, that time. good luck in your search, and maybe you can point me in directions also.

    Your best bet would probably be homers/racers, flights, or oriental FLYING rollers, or tumblers probly of middle eastern decent (if you want something more acrobatic), if you want something easier to find, widely kept, and known to be decently hawk savy, as hardy easy keepers. im probly forgetting some breeds..
     
  4. Shaolin

    Shaolin New Egg

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    Hi LaughingDog,

    I'm so happy to hear from someone in my area! I'm between Louisburg and Raleigh. I would be happy to come out and pick up the birds! Sure, white homers would be good! How exciting. How do we make contact? Yes, I do want a breed that can out run the hawks and other flying predators it would be heart breaking to lose my birds.
     
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  5. Shaolin

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    To LaughingDog,

    I've looked on Craigslist; not much there at all. One listing for pigeons and his price is high and they are not even a special breed. So I'm hoping to hear back from you and then figure out how we can pass information. I did notice that you are in Tennessee, but I'm hoping you can get me in contact with someone in my state that is somewhat close to me. I don't mind driving an hour or two.

    Most forums allow for private emailing not sure if this forum has that feature, perhaps you could advise.

    Shaolin
     
  6. Kramer Farms

    Kramer Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    franciscreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The spanish little friar tumblers are fun to fly and are great at avoiding the hawks. They are solid performers.
     
  8. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I love pigeons - I know you will really enjoy keeping them. They are so interesting to watch as they fly about, and many of the fancy ones either look beautiful or really strange!

    I keep fantail doves, king pigeons, and old Dutch Capuchin pigeons, as well as a few feral birds I rescued and as chicks from the city.

    If I lived near you I would gladly give you some. I always have too many as pigeons are very prolific!

    I have one tip for you. Buy all your starter birds at the same time and let them breed to increase you numbers. Don't buy new birds to add to the flock in the future.......whenever I used to do that there was always some disease or something happen, even though I isolated the new ones for one month first.

    Good luck and please post some pictures when you finish your pigeon coop and you get your new birds.
     
  9. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im envious of your pigeon collection, and would love to see more of them.
     
  10. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    any info or especially personal experiance to learn all about them? im coming up empty on any info for them, except to buy them..
     

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