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Old 09-12-2011, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Default Do you know who has it tough in Chicago?

Pigeons. That's who.

Have you ever payed attention to the pigeons walking around? I didn't until I saw one hobbling along. Why was the pigeon hobbling along? Because he was missing toes, that's why!!! So I started to look at other pigeons in the area and many, if not all, had toes missing! And then I found another one that had Zero ( 0 ) toes. Nothing but stumps!

And then there are fines given out ($200) if you give the birds food. Also no vantage points for scoping out food due to all the pointy sticks on top of signs and lights. Sure, they can sit on the ledge of a building, but can they really see 100 feet down onto the sidewalk for food? It would be much easier to only be 10 feet above the area in which one scours for food.

On top of that, pigeons don't seem to be too bright.

"Hey buddy! You don't have any toes! Why don't you use those wing things you have and, you know, FLY to where you want to go."

As a sidenote, I would love to see a pigeon on the platform when a train pulls up and the doors open, and the pigeon gets on. He then calmly rides to like Belmont, gets off, and then waits on the platform for his transfer. That scenario would probably make my year.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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I believe you have way too much time on your hands
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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This thread has my vote for "Best of City-Data 2011".
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Near Chicago
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I'm sure a pigeon can see above 100 ft for food. Animals that know how to fly tend to have above human vision far as distance goes.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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*I hugzed da pidgin 4 u, mmkay?*

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Old 09-12-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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pigeons. That's who.

Have you ever payed attention to the pigeons walking around? I didn't until i saw one hobbling along. Why was the pigeon hobbling along? Because he was missing toes, that's why!!! So i started to look at other pigeons in the area and many, if not all, had toes missing! And then i found another one that had zero ( 0 ) toes. Nothing but stumps!

And then there are fines given out ($200) if you give the birds food. Also no vantage points for scoping out food due to all the pointy sticks on top of signs and lights. Sure, they can sit on the ledge of a building, but can they really see 100 feet down onto the sidewalk for food? It would be much easier to only be 10 feet above the area in which one scours for food.

On top of that, pigeons don't seem to be too bright.

"hey buddy! You don't have any toes! Why don't you use those wing things you have and, you know, fly to where you want to go."

as a sidenote, i would love to see a pigeon on the platform when a train pulls up and the doors open, and the pigeon gets on. He then calmly rides to like belmont, gets off, and then waits on the platform for his transfer. That scenario would probably make my year.
best post ever
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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If there wasn't plenty of food in the city, they'd take off.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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If there's no food, why are the pigeons so plump?!
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Lake View Chicago
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I used to work in a restaurant in the Loop that had an outdoor seating area. Every night after closing, pigeons descended en masse to eat the scraps. They ate very well. Considering how many restaurants there are in this city, I wouldn't worry too much about their well being.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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Feed The Birds Sing Along - YouTube
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