I've been considering getting a pigeon as a pet, but I have a few questions I can't find answers to:
1) Can wild (ferel) birds be caught and kept as pets, or are they too "wild" and unfriendly. Many of the birds in the city I live (Boston) are very people friendly, but obviously they don't allow themselves to be picked up. Plus there's the disease factor of getting a wild bird
2) Do pigeons like to perch, or wander around? Because I know you have to let them out of their cage daily, which I have no problem doing, but my question is in regards to what kind of cage I buy: when they are let out of their cage, do they wander around on the floor like they do on the streets, or do they perch on top of their cage. Or both? How about flying indoors? Do they need their wings clipped to keep them from flying into things or are they slow enough flying (I never see the lazy wild pigeons
here fly from anything more than a quick "hop") that it's not a problem.
Oh yea, and are they any messier than more traditional pet birds? I know many a pet bird who liked to throw his feed out of the cage. I read this somewhere, but I'd like to verify: is it true that pigeons are generally less noisy and don't usually bite?
Thanks for reading. I look forward to keeping one of these guys as a pet but I want to learn to care for it first