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Pigeons such as Kings, Fantails, Tumblers and Homers are smart, beautiful and gentle birds. Many pigeons and other birds as well wind up in animal shelters, either surrendered or found as strays, but they need adopters to get out alive. Pigeons make great pets both indoors as part of the family or outside in a rodent and predator-proof aviary. Adopter Helen and her flock of six pigeons are very happy with their aviary.
It needs to be predator-proof sturdy and securely built all the way around including top and bottom , rodent-proof use 16 gauge or better hardware mesh with openings half inch or smaller and include a sheltered corner that will stay shady on the hottest days and dry during the rainiest.
No one has ever wished for a smaller aviary so make it as big as possible. Minimum size for four birds would be at least 6 feet long by 4 feet deep and 6 feet high. Pigeons excel at the leisure arts and spend their time bathing, preening, lounging in the sun, foraging for favorite seeds, watching the sky, napping, showing off and courting. Every four to five weeks, mated couples will lay a pair of eggs which need to be replaced with fake eggs for pigeon birth control and take turns sitting on them.
Pigeons are extremely devoted to their family and mate for life. They require fresh food and water and a quick poop-scrape daily and a thorough aviary cleaning weekly. Pigeons are beautiful, peaceful and full of personality. With time and attention, most can be hand-tamed. All can be befriended. Pigeons can also live inside with the family. They need a big cage for their home base a double-flight cage or an extra large dog kennel is a good size for a pair with daily out-of-cage time to stretch their legs and wings and have some fun.
Pigeons are smart, easy going birds that quickly learn household routines. They do fine in homes with other pets and can live peacefully and unafraid with dogs and cats as long as they are kept safe. Pigeons are very emotional and do need a BFF, whether another bird or a human with whom they can spend the day.
The main inconvenience to having pigeons as indoor pets is probably their droppings. Healthy pigeon poop is odorless and not too hard to manage with hardwood or tile floors or with strategic placement of liners. Pigeons can also be potty trained or they can wear pigeon pants! Pigeon pants are adorable little harnesses with a diaper to catch droppings. The pants are easy to put on and pigeons tolerate them well. Once dressed, they can walk and fly around the house and sit on laps and shoulders poop-free.
The diaper, lined with half a panty-liner, should to be changed every 3 hours. I absolutely adore hearing my pet pigeon Frances pitter-pattering around the house on his little pink feet.
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There are lots and lots of beautiful, sweet, innocent domestic pigeons like Frances in need of homes. Please share this story with everybody you know. Most people are completely unaware of the plight of birds in shelters. Please visit our Donate Page to see the ways that you can help support this unique effort. Click here to download our flyer about adopting pigeons and doves. He has a nice cage and I let him out all the time. Any ideas on how to make him a bit more friendly? I love the fact that u got interested to adopt a pigeons..!!!
She was the best think that ever happened in my life in friendship relaruonship meaning.. I am French we love pigeons , we think that they are beautiful and smart.. In America they take u to jail if u feed them , it dam.. I have had the most amazing experience with mine she even learned how to play piano.. It hard to believe bit I have a video I of her.. Making the story short.. My pigeon started to spent the nights out she came every day to eat play some music and hang out but she didn t show up for 2 days now..
I am hart broken.. The best way to get ur pigeon more friendly u have to get ther trust.. By feeding him personally don t just put food in a plate give him little but at the time with ur hand.. If u want more spesefic a feel free to call me will explained better.. And perhaps will shoe u the photos and videos of my pg copter We just had this same situation happen to us. We have 6 dogs and an African grey parrot caged since birth.
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I want to do the best thing for him, just not sure what that is. Hi, Ben- Thank you for looking out for this pigeon. A domestic pigeon can sometimes survive in the wild if he hooks up with a wild flock of Rock Pigeons. Surviving alone is more difficult- security comes with the flock. Here are our recommendations for what to do — http: Good luck to you and to him. Hi, about a month ago I rescued a 4 week old baby pigeon from being buried alive on a construction site.
When I only had Gabby, the first rescue, he had to be hand fed, taught to drink etc. I have 2 questions, 1. I read that they marry for life. They all get along okay but will the odd one be lonely and depressed? Thank you for helping these pigeon youngsters. Where do you live? It would be best if you were able to connect with a pigeon-friendly wildlife rehabber so as not to be making pets out of wild birds. My philosophy is that the bird is never wrong. I love them for whoever they are.
Pigeons are all about being a part of a mated couple so it is likely there will be some drama between 3 pigeons. There are also lots of groups on Facebook… good luck to you and these pigeons. Thank you so much for helping this pigeon. Birds are prey animals and shy of predators like us by nature.
But that said, pigeons are very smart and with patience, kindness and lots of trust-building, you can win his affection. Try to make all of your interactions calm and non-threatening and positive. All pigeons are individuals though and so how close you become will depend on you both. Read through the blog here to see stories of pigeons becoming friendly.
You can also see lots of stories and pictures at http: Thank you for saving this lovely pigeon. She looks to consider you her mate. It is a great honor to be loved by a pigeon. Hi Jonathon We have had a pigeon turned up in our garden nearly 2 weeks ago and it has stayed around. What sort of cage do you keep yours in? We thought about building a dovecote so it has somewhere to go into at night but not sure if this is a good thing to do or not!
Thank you for helping this pigeon! Please read about caring for pigeons as pets here- http: I found a pigeon of 20 days when he fell off his nest, I fed him like a baby, saw him growing, changing his voice and his new tail. He is now 8 months old and he is the king of the house, Such a sweet creature, so quiet and loving, wish I had a pigeon before, thanks martincito for your love.
Hi, Kevim- It sounds like you are keeping your pigeons in unsafe conditions!
Please- before you put any more innocent birds at risk, get some expert help to create a safe and healthy environment. Hello, Joshua- Single pigeons will call because they are lonesome and trying to find a mate. Pigeons are all about being married. Does this pigeon have a good quality of life? You can find other pigeon lovers in your area by visiting Pigeon Talk at http: Good luck to you and the pij.
In May of last year a white pigeon started coming around to my feeders. He is a lot bigger than the other birds so we named him Fat Dave. When we had a cold spell, Dave tried to follow my dog into the house. I felt bad for him he was shivering so I gave him run of the laundry room in the carport. I set him up with a space heater and feed him twice daily.
Dave has lived in there for a few months full time and only comes out to take a dip in the bird bath now and then. I got home late tonight and Dave was gone! I hope to see him in the morning. When he returns, I wonder if I should get a cage to keep him in? I rent a house so a permanent outdoor structure would not be an option. Is there a type of structure that could move with me?
Thank you for helping Dave. He sounds like either a King or Homing pigeon and in either case is domestic and unable to survive in the wild for long. It makes me happy to see these posts. How I found pigeons was through volunteering at a bird refuge. Out of eagles, hawks, falcons, song birds, etc. I fell in love with pigeons…in my opinion they have the most personality, I felt like I could really bond with them, and the fact that they never strayed to far after release made them my favorite friend. Over the years I have become a volunteer caretaker of abandoned or injured birds.
I have had the ultimate gift of being handed 9 baby homing pigeons one day in July of Right out of the egg, eyes still closed. Thanks to my skills from working at the refuge I knew exactly how to care for them. I banded them all with bright orange bands that had my name and phone number printed on the. They were like my kids. My neighbors ended up shooting and killing all but one of them.
They usually get to my front door before I do. His name is Squirt, and he is the best little homer any pigeon fancier could ever ask for. I need someone to take about 15 pigeons,moving to Texas and cannot take them with me. I live in Los Angeles,Ca,phone And keep your pets with you as your family! I used to feed pigeons in my yard and they became tame, they sat on my head and in my lap. I decided to adopt a pigeon so I read this blog to see if I can. Thank you very much for posting this. Hi, Makena- If the bird is healthy and able to live free, then you should release him back to his free life!
He deserves to get back to his real life. If the pigeon is sick, weak or injured, you should get him to an expert wildlife rehabber that helps pigeons ASAP. My partner and I found a four-day old baby pigeon that had fallen out of the nest and been trapped in pigeon spikes in Sydney, Australia. What you are doing with increasing awareness of rescue pigeons as pets is wonderful!!! Cheers, Karen and Beaky.
I love wild pigeons I think they are beautiful. I had no idea you could really have a pet pigeon til I saw one on an adoption website. If you adopt a single pigeon how to you adopt another bird? Do pigeons have friends or only mates? How do you know that your pigeon will like the second pigeon you adopt? Do the pigeons need to be of the same breed of pigeon? Please never make a free bird captive. Two hens will usually bond more easily than two henrys but male-male couples do develop sometimes.
Other times, they remain rivals. Pigeons can connect with different breeds but should not be housed with doves size differential is too great and a single conflict can be fatal for the dove. Thank you for appreciating pigeons and for making adoption your option! She took in a wild pigeon and treated its physical injuries but it is having trouble learning to fly again and will likely never survive in the wild. I would like to take it in, especially since it will be euthanized if no one can provide a home.
Unless this bird is a native like a Band Tailed Pigeon , it is legal to keep. They are incredibly emotionally intelligent, adaptable and charming. Thank you for helping her! There has been a black and white pigeon hanging out in my yard for a couple days. Hello, Erin- Thank you for helping this pigeon. Please open a door into your home of garage and lure the pigeon in with food. I can have one of our volunteers contact you to provide more info.
The pigeon is living on borrowed time outside and is at risk from hawks, cats, owls, ravens, etc. Please help him to get safe. I rescued a pigeon boy last August. I found him 3 days old on my roof. I want to find a good home for him how should I go about it? Thank you for helping Loki when he was a baby. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. Why move some place where you must give up the life you took into your care?
But, if you truly can no longer care for Loki, then reach out far and wide to all the animal-loving communities in your area. Share that info throughout your network, through social media and to avian vets, wildlife rehabbers, bird rescuers, etc. And make sure you review and approve the home before letting anyone take Loki. Thank you for your advice. Create a adopt me post on this website? My neighbor has homing pigeons who used to get out several times a day to fly then back into a fairly small coop. The owner is getting old and does not care for the birds anymore.
The birds have not been let out in over a month! I have left several messages with the family but no response. How can I help these birds? Where are you located? Hello, first of all I want to say that I have nothing but respect and admiration for MickaCoo, you guys are wonderful for caring for these beautiful and underappreciated birds. I wish there was a similar organization in San Diego…at the wildlife rescue I work at we get a few domestic pigeons here and there and I always try to find them homes with our volunteers.
Anyway, I have a pet fantail, Kiwi, that I adopted from the wildlife rescue I used to work at in Sacramento. I like to think I am a good pigeon wife, as good as a human can be at least, but I worry that since I work often he gets lonely and bored. I would hate to adopt another pigeon only to have them fight all the time, or for him to fall in love and not want to be affectionate towards me anymore selfish, I know. So, to make a long story short, should I adopt another pigeon? Would I be able to bring Kiwi with me to meet potential pigeon friends and make sure they got along?
Thank, Julia, for your kind words and for rescuing Kiwi. Hi My neighbour has about 60 fantail pigeons nesting on the back roof of his house and all over his back garden. He has put numerous dog kennels up on the roof to house them. Aside from this being an eyesore, could it be dangerous from a hygiene perspective?
Sixty pigeons is a big flock and your neighbor is probably allowing them to breed. We recommend against breeding because there are already so many domestic unreleasable pigeons like his in need of homes at shelters and rescues. It also sounds like they may not have adequate protection. Pigeons are very intelligent but domestic birds like his have no skills for evading predators and need humans to provide safe, predator-proof housing. You might reach out to your neighbor and talk with him about ways that he could care for his flock safely in an aviary.
I came across your website while searching for info regarding foster placement for lost pigeons. Here is the situation briefly. I have been feeding and providing water for a white homing pigeon in my back yard for the past 5 or so days. I suspect it must have become lost after having been used in a release ceremony. I think the band may have been reddish? Today I was able to get very close, it ate from my hand. It appears to be fairly tame, but a bit cautious. I would like to get this sweetie to a foster so that she?
I live near the hills and we have hawks that fly through. One almost got her the other day as the pigeon saw me and flew down to the feeding area! There are also feral cats around. The pigeon looks to be in very good health. Hello, Yvonne- Thank you for looking out for this poor pigeon. We are full up with a waiting list of new birds needing to come into our care. The best thing you could do for this pigeon is to lure it inside with food and then catch and confine her in a crate until you can figure out step B.
Please see these links: My father saved two baby pigeons last week who were seperated from the parents. Sadly the smaller one died, because it refused to eat. I have Thad the living one for about a week now. Im just really worried because he has been making clicking noises and I heard its from respiratory problems!
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It makes me really worried. Hello, Leona- Thank you for your desire to help these baby pigeons. Yes- that is a bad sign. Their number is SAVE. Pigeons do great in safe aviaries and fresh air is very beneficial to their health. While we love aviaries that have some exposure to rain as pigeons love to bathe in it , we recommend and require for our adopters that every aviary provide a section that stays dry and shaded no matter the weather. Hello…so glad I came across this site. We would like to start an aviary.
Aviaries are awesome- especially when they save the lives of rescued birds rather than support breeding and sales of birds. And please pardon the delay- we need more support to keep up with all the inquiries we receive! I found a pigeon at work, it was thundering and raining outside and opened the door came In I was leaving to go Hone and followed me to my car. I have two dogs and a cat and fish on more pet will not make a difference.
Pigeons make wonderful pets and are not hard to take care of. Take good card of him. Join us on Facebook www. Thank you for helping George! Smidge has been living in a big dog crate and has quickly become very close to the family, showing no fear what so ever of my three dogs. He is currently snuggled on my shoulder as I type this I thought he was keeping an eye on what I was writing, but I just took a quick peek and his eyes are closed — he is dozing on he job!
Should he be released or should I keep him on, getting him some fancy pants and a lead? Would he learn to be more fearful once outside or would the lesson come too late? Thank you for such a great forum and for all you animal lovers are doing for our great feathered friends!
Hi, Tovah- thank you so much for helping this youngster and I apologize for the delayed response. We need more supporters to keep up with all the demand for our help! There are lots of unreleasable pigeons in need of homes available as pets! But, if he is too imprinted and missed out on too much pijucation pigeon education , he can make a wonderful pet. Please though- involve experts to help assess him and assist you. There are lots of ways a release can go wrong. Thank you again for saving Smidge.
Good luck to you both! I tried everything to save her and no luck, her mate was very sad and bonded to me strongly until we lost him. This time a friend brought me 6 babies that were knocked out of their nest with the destruction of their building home site. I lost the smallest one, but the other 5 are thriving. I also have 2 baby starlings I rescued after their nest was destroyed. So hello fellow bird lovers! Hi, Michelle- Thank you so much for saving these youngsters. Thank you again for saving them. Good luck to you all!
Hi, My mother recently rescued a 3 month old female pigeon and she contacted the owner who said that she could keep it. My mother has since given me the pigeon and I read in your adoption application that they need special lighting to be healthy. I have been keeping her as an indoor bird and I dont have the resources at the moment to build her an outside enclosure. My question is is there a special light I can put over her crate like the kind you buy from a pet store? Hello, Christy- thank you and your mom for helping this poor orphaned pigeon.
You can buy a bird-safe full-spectrum light online most bulbs sold in pet stores are actually dangerous. We recommend this bulb and you can get more info on our Bird Care page including an article all about avian vision and lighting. I found an injured pigeon about to get run over on the road by my house. Thank you very much for helping this poor pigeon.
And I would recommend that you contact pigeon-friendly Raptor Trust. They help pigeons and can guide you. The Raptor Trust in NJ http: I have two pigeons living on my balcony. They have a son who for a long time would just perch on the bottom iron railing looking out on the world with no desire to fly. The next day who should come walking up the steps but my pigeon. He liked walking much better than flying.
I think he is starting to trust me again. I have to go back to the States in three weeks for a month. I so enjoy him. Pigeons are highly intelligent and have been proved to recognize and remember human faces. Thank you for your compassion and good luck to you both! Hi Everyone, I am so happy to find this place where people love the birds so much!
I live in Oklahoma near Oklahoma City. I want to get two pigeons. Actually a friend is helping me! I work with hospice patients and use sounds and smells and animals to help them feel calm and loved. I have one dove named Solo. His wife died in her sleep one night when they were ten years old.
I was in the rooom when it happened. I had just put my hand in the cage to stroke them goodnight likeI always did. They were sitting together, wings touching like they always did. Sleeping and everything seemed normal. Then I heard that sound and I felt sick. I know that sound. I am blind so I went to see which one had fallen. Found her on the bottom of the cage. I took her out gentley to see if she was really dead. Put her up to my ear. She was so warm! You know now that is. Solo was still sleeping! Not for her so much. I had a little box there and I wrapped her up in a soft cotton cloth that I was making a napkin out of.
Just put her in that little box and sat it there on the table. I hated to think what he would do. Should I show him?
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He went down to the bottom of his cage and he was walking around looking for her. I called the wild life rescue where I used to live in Texas. They said not to show him. That he might stop eating and drinking and die. I got him out. I held him and I told him she was gone to heaven. Still, animals know things. It was up to him though. It always is with my animals. I have this soft pouch that I can wear around my neck and carry an animal around in it if I need to. I carried that dove around like that for a week.
I slept with him in a carrier cage under the covers. I ate with him right there. I coaxed him to take a few seeds or a little water now and then. I held him and stroked him and cuddled him a LOT!! He finally stopped looking for his wife, Harmony. I know that doves mate for life and people keep saying to put another one in there with him. I just got a phone call!! I had left messages with different places. They are fancy ones. Can you guys celebrate with me? Only I know what Santa is bringing me!! Hi, Pam- Thank you for being such a good friend to the birds.
Some would crowd more in but it is stressful and unhealthy for the birds. There are far too many pigeons in need of homes to permit breeding. Read more at Pigeon Family Values. Perhaps you can inspire the breeder to stop breeding and start rescuing too. And please keep Solo safe. Happy Pet Pigeons to you! Thank you for your reply Elizabeth! I want to let you know that I would never let my dove inside the cage where pigeons live. I would put his cage in a location where he would be able to see them. Also I am talking to the man who has too many birds about replacing real eggs with wooden ones to stop the increasing numbers at his house.
I will continue to encourage him to change. Thank you for the exact cage sizes. The friend who is helping me build my cage fell when a 16 foot ladder collapsed and he is trying to be patient while bones mend. I think we will end up with an extra roomy cage for two birds. There is one thing I forgot to ask about. Exactly what size do the wooden perches need to be for pigeons? We want to make sure we get that right. Thank you once again for your help and your love for these beautiful and loving birds. Hi, Lucy- Thank you for helping this pigeon. A broken leg needs expert care from an avian vet or wildlife rehabber or at least a pigeon expert.
Please use the information at this link to connect with an expert who can help you help this pigeon- http: Hi, just this today I saw a pigeon being chased around the sky by a crow, and it flew right into my barn! Hello, Elissa- Thank you for caring about this pigeon. I have a female fantail that has gotten into a fight that she lost and had both her eyes hurt she is temporary blind.
I separated her from everybody and have been running water across her eyes to see if they will open back up. Am I doing the right thing and if not what should I do? She may need some expert help, either from an avian vet or at least someone with a lot of pigeon care expertise and medications on hand. How is she today?
Please send some photos. Please post to and search on Pigeon Talk at http: I live near Dillsburg PA she was in a smaller pen with a pair of jakes. This accident happened this past Saturday or Sunday. Saturday night I checked her and she was good. Sunday I checked around lunch and she was how she is now.
About a month back i found an abanded blue butter common pigeon very young and took him in…. We had a pigeon named baby and he had the strongest bond with my husband. Posts on the TripAdvisor forums may be edited for a short period of time. Once the edit period has expired, authors may update their posts by removing and reposting them.
To read more about editing your posts, please follow this link: Pigeons are a fact of life in beautiful Venice. Many cities all over the world have them as I am sure you know.
No, in Venice pigeons do not go into the bars.. But what is it that you are specifically afraid of? That they will bite you or hurt you in some way? That they will touch you or hit you when they fly by? Seriously, what is the fear about and most importantly what is the worst that could happen?
Perhaps you could walk with a paper fan that you could shoo them away with if they fly close but it would be a true shame for you to avoid seeing or walking anywhere in a place that has been around for centuries and is one of the true wonders of the world because of birds. Go, have a wonderful time. See everything, go everywhere you can and enjoy your luck and mobility. A phobia is a phobia and rational talk doesn't overcome it.
Phobias that severely interfere with our everyday life should be professionally treated, but if you don't normally meet pigeons in everyday life why bother? I could suggest that a parasol might help, and approaching these sights from another direction, as the birds congregate in the square itself. I am also phobic of birds and especially pigeons.
I have tried many remedies with no success. I cannot walk near them and am very uncomfortable with them flying near my hear. I'm planning my trip to Venice in September and wanted to see if you have any tips for me and how your trip went. All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Log in Join Recently viewed Bookings Inbox. Pigeons -I am pigeon phobic! Browse forums All Browse by destination. What are the most popular tours in Venice? Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace.
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