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Posted 22nd July 2008, 05:08 PM
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How do you carrier train a pigeon or dove?


Well the title explains it, how do you carrier train pigeons or doves? Sorry I'm new at this stuff. Thank you.


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Well the title explains it, how do you carrier train pigeons or doves? Sorry I'm new at this stuff. Thank you.
First of all, you don't train doves to home and I assume that's what you mean. Teaching a bird to come back home. Only a homing pigeon should be trained because they are the breed that has the best homing instinct. Other breeds can be flown around home and do ok, but if they are taken more than a few miles from home and released, they become lost.
The homing pigeon has to be trained when it's a baby, around 40 days old to 6 weeks old.
Here's a couple of links for you to read. However, I don't recommend even trying to train a single pigeon. They are flock birds and flying alone is very dangerous.

http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/showthread.php?t=7449

http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/showthread.php?t=8046
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Posted 22nd July 2008, 05:19 PM
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Oh thank you so much, and why dont you train doves to home? Just wondering.
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They don't have a homing instinct at all. The homing instinct is something that homing pigeons are born with. It's not actually a "learned" process. It's something that they instinctively know how to do. They main thing you have to teach them is that YOUR loft is THEIR home.........after that, they naturally know how to get back to it even from somewhere they've never been before.
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Posted 22nd July 2008, 05:29 PM
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Oh ok. Thank you very much. But I wonder how people trained pigeons to go take letters to people in different places, or have I misunderstood that?
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Well, I don't know that they were ever trained to take letters to different people. You could take a bird somewhere, put a note on it's leg, (that's what they used to do, we don't do that anymore) and send it back home with the note. I believe at some time, someone tried to train pigeons to home at two different locations. If I remember correctly, they were fed at one location and had to go to another location to get water.
You couldn't just put a note on a pigeons leg and expect it to deliver it to whoever you wanted it to go to. Doesn't work like that.
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Posted 22nd July 2008, 05:57 PM
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Thank you soooo much for clearing this up for me.
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You are welcome. We all have to learn and we all started somewhere.
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