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Old 10-28-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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That must be so much fun. I wonder if there were a car that looked like yours, if that would also happen. There were tests, I think on crows, and they do recognize people.

I heard that in London, in Trafalgar Square, they are fining people for feeding them. The droppings are eroding the statues. So sad.

We feed them with food we buy at the supermarket. A scoop of regular (little beige) seeds, a scoop of fruit and nut seed mix, a scoop of sunflower seeds, and a handful of peanuts. They no longer like bread or cut up pizza crusts, even when I dampen them and put them in a plastic bag in the fridge to moisten them. Blue jays actually fly away with peanuts. Sometimes a jay will sit in a tree and give his warning call for a cat in the vicinity. All the other birds fly away, and he flies in a scoops up his nut. Jays never sit on the pavement and eat with the rest. They fly and scoop and fly away.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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YES wild pigeon carry parasites, but so do ALL wild birds, and deer and squirrels and chipmonks and...and...and...
pigeons are very cool creatures, highly adaptable, incrediby inteligent USEFULL and NOT dirty if raised in the corrct circumstances.
they are a good source of HEALTHY meat when raised in clean facilities that outdoes chicken under even the worst of cisrcumstances on MUCH less feed and they can be lovely to watch!

i take offence to the "rats with wings" comment...but then again i also like rats! lol.

id love to put a flock of fancies on my property, im lnlove with white homers (the "doves" used in wedding ceremonies are actually more frequently white homing pigeons!) and fantails make me smile!
theres certainly nothing ugly about a Lahore pigeon
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Desert Hills
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We (my brother and I) raise pigeons. We have 3 breeds of flying pigeons (not homers) which loft fly.
We currently have, I believe 100 exactly. not counting Sampson whom is my brothers pet.
He is referred to as a New York Flying Flight. We also have these as flyers along with English Tipplers and a tumbling breed from Basraw Iraq.
Only Sampson is tame like this, the other are only tame in the sense that we can fly them and they trap back into the loft.
We hand raised Sampson with this intention (human imprinted) in mind.
Sampson lives outside and is currently 7 months old. He is let out daily and has recently traveled to Moab, UT

Sampson and Rascal the pit/basset mix.

Sampson sun bathing in Moab.



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Old 11-04-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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hes just lovely!
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:54 PM
 
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Pigeons are amazing birds, I like pigeons
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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Thank you, Tippler, for those wonderful shots of Sampson. What a cute pet he seems to be. I guess a person could not just pick up a wild pigeon and try and make a pet of him. They seem like such good natured birds.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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Sampson the pet pigeon looks so special. His friend is very special, too.

So glad that more people love pigeons and doves than hate them. How could you hate such bright, beautiful birds. Well, guess that's what makes us human and not robots........just had a mom and pop duo in my hanging flower basket and they took turns watching over their little ones. What a joy!!
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I had a pet pigeon who I never kept in a cage and he could come and go as he pleased. He would come home to roost every night and was quite sociable.
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