Homing pigeons is a suitable pet for those who like the gentle, calming, unobtrusive attitude of the pigeons. I personally feel that keeping Homing Pigeon as a Pet is an excellent choice for all.
What makes homing pigeons special is their innate ability to fly back to their homes after you’ve released them. Isn’t that really cool? And, that’s not it. Did you know that they can actually carry messages from one person to another? Well, yes. That’s true my friend. I bet now you are all excited to have homing pigeons as a pet. Aren’t you?
But, here are a few points that you must keep in mind before you actually go ahead and buy your homing pigeons. So, let’s get started.
Keeping Homing Pigeon as a Pet
Decide Why you want a Homing Pigeons
So, let me ask you – why do you want a homing pigeon? Is it because you are going to prepare her for a race? Or is it because you want to show off? Or is it something else? Anyhoo, whatever the reason may be, just keep in mind that homing pigeon costs somewhere between $50 to $100 and the shipping charges will be extra. So, depending on your purpose of buy chose a pair of pigeon that suits your needs. Go for the best breed possible.
Choose the Best Pigeon Loft
Ideally, a pair of pigeon needs their loft to be at 10 cubic feet. Hence you can buy anything around that size. Try to keep the loft away from the ground. This will help you keep it dry and also include ventilation in the loft. Also, keep in mind that your loft should be able to protect your homing pigeons from cats and other predator birds. Keep the roof slanting so that the rainwater and snow slopes down.
What to Feed your Pigeons
Basically all kinds of foods ranging from grains, greens, seeds, berries are what you should feed your pigeons. However, if you want to feed a racing pigeon then you can go for uncooked rice, lentils, corn and etc.
How to Train your Homing Pigeons
Training homing pigeons requires dedication and commitment on your part. You need to introduce your pigeon to the trap door and allow him to come in and out of it at least thrice in a day but only after they are at least 6 weeks old.
Next, try to keep his loft as clean as possible so that they want to come back to their home.
Lastly, as they get almost 6-8 weeks old, take them at least 1 mile away from their home and try releasing them from a basket. Repeat this several times a week. Eventually, increase the distance from where you release your birdie. But, make sure you don’t go too far too soon.
In case you see that your pigeon isn’t able to trace back to its home, try going slow. Reduce the distance that you take her to fly.
So, these were the things that you should keep in mind before keeping Homing Pigeon as a Pet. I hope you found this blog helpful and interesting. For any further queries and questions, feel free to ask me through the contact form below.