Why won't my pigeons come home?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by QuoVadis, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some homing pigeons I got as young babies and for a little while I kept them in my fancy pigeon loft because the loft with a trap I was still working on. Then I later put the birds in that new loft and trap trained them. After they had been trapped trained for a couple weeks I let them out to fly for absolutely a week, but they kept want to go in the loft they had been (that doesn't have a trap) so locked them in the new loft for about a month. Then recently I let them fly again and they trapped into the proper loft, so I decided to start road training. I also a wanted to do this because I felt that they were being kind of lazy - for example they spent a lot of time sitting on roofs in the neighborhood instead of flying. So I took them about .4 miles away and released them yesterday. None of them came home, and furthermore I have gone back to where I released them a couple times and every time I have seen some portion of the group I released has been sitting on roofs in that area. Why haven't they come home. They should know where it is... They have flown around my house. Do you think they didn't fly enough (because of sitting in trees and on roofs) in thier free flying to know where home is?
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I think you might have gave them too much of a challenge on their first release. I release in sight of the loft the first few times and make sure they have not eat in at least 12 hours on release. Then I move about a ½ mile away and keep doubling the distance as long as they make it home before me.

    Then again some homing pigeons just come from the shallow end of the gene pool.

    All homers are not created equal.
     
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  3. isaacearlg

    isaacearlg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt have released them that far unless they started nesting
     
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  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    You took them too far... sorry for that.

    Maybe you can go back and try to catch them?

    You should start very close to the loft and gradually get further away.
     
  5. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm interesting. Everything I had read online says after free flying your first release should be about 1/2 mile from home... One from that group came back last night so I'm hoping they will start trickling in...
     
  6. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it might be this as well. I have read 1/2 mile over and over again on homing pigeons websites, but I guess that is probably assuming you have good quality proven racing homers, where as mine are mostly just non-descript "homers" I picked up here or there... in fact the lone pigeon who has come home so far was the only one who was a pure Black Eagle racing homer, so I think she has better genetics to work with than the ones who haven't come home yet. I assume also racers probably want to elminate any but the best YBs so maybe they intentionally do farther first drops than a pleasure flyer. All I really want is decent homers I can have fun with, that are fast enough to avoid hawks, find home if they get driven away and that I can release from around town sometimes.
     
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  7. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well four more came home... so I guess most of them were able to figure it out eventually, it just took them some time. Interestingly three of the "homers" I released were actually homer crosses (homerXmonk and homerXroller??) and all three crosses came back (3/3), while so far of the full homers only four have come back out of seven(4/7). The three I am missing still are all pure homers. Interesting, that wouldn't have been my guess.
     
  8. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Glad most are back now... bet they have been having a fun adventure and in no hurry to get home.

    As they are young, at the 'teenager' stage right?

    Once they pair up and start nesting they will want to get back ASAP.

    Maybe the pure homers are trying to get back to their home loft?

    Still you have plenty of time. I have know some of my birds go for over a week but they came back in the end none the worse for wear... they were young birds too, and I suspect they got attracted to the large feral flock in the local park near my home and spent time with the city pigeons before deciding they had a better life at m place.

    Wishing you good luck to get the last ones back soon.
     
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  9. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Good News keep us posted. Happy for you back yard buddy. You never know what abilities a pigeon has. One of my best homing pigeons was in fact a feral. It made it back after i sold him 734 miles (if one traveled by car).
     
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  10. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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