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Ferals in my hay loft.


Today i was out in my hay loft when i saw a pigeon. I thought it was one of my homers so i got the net and some food. I couldn't get the pigeon to come down from the rafters so i went out to where my pigeons are and i checked to make sure they were all there and they were. I wasn't sure if it was a lost homer or a feral. If it was a feral i couldn't understand why it hadn't flown off when i went into the hay loft. So i keep trying to ketch it think it is a lost homer. It flew near a rafter and i thought i saw something move near it so I got a big flashlight and i looked what was beside him and he had a mate it was sitting on a nest. So i think it is a feral and it wouldn't fly away when scared by me because of the mate sitting on the nest. Is this the normal mating season for ferals? I thought the normal pigeon mating season was in the spring. Could these be lost homers since they are breeding now like a lot of racers do? (This is my 400 post wooohoooo )
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Ferals start breeding this time of year. My guess is that it is a pair of ferals. Any homers would have proably tried to trap in with yours.
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They do.
It's nice you have a safe place for that pair.
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They do.
It's nice you have a safe place for that pair.
I am excited to watch them lol And they are high in the rafters i don't think anything could get them
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Ha, the ferals in my town breed all year round. That's how I ended up with Gonzo, my first pigeon.....he was a November baby blown out of his haphazard nest and into the river where he floated by me until I caught him in a fishing net. How lucky you are to have ferals nesting in your barn.
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Is it ok to feed them or will it make them dependent on me and will the babies expect to be fed?
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Is it ok to feed them or will it make them dependent on me and will the babies expect to be fed?
That depends on whether it's a problem for them to stay FOREVER!! LOL
Are you sure these are feral pigeons or you don't know for sure? I and everyone here WANTS to say, yes feed them, especially if they are on eggs and/or babies, BUT, if it's going to wind up being a problem with them there 2, 3, 6 months down the road, then IMO, it's best to let them fend for themselves. So, it really depends on what you think. Also, remember, that if you feed them, they'll probably stay, there will be more babies and probably more birds and at some point you are wanting to get your own birds and have them out flying. You DO NOT want ferals mixing with your birds and you don't want YOUR birds taking up in the barn or even visiting the birds in the barn and then coming back to your loft. That is asking for trouble, so best think about it.
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Personally and although I understand the issues, I would feed them a little bit, especially when the weather is extreme and it's hard to find food. It seems like the humane thing to do.
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I would say don't feed them. They should be fine finding their own feed. That way if you have to remove them they won't depend on you. The babies especially need to learn how to go out and forage, not chase people around.
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Something else to mull over Zimm -- would the ferals have nested in a place where they couldn't find food nearby? Granted - I don't have many ferals near where I live, but the Robin's and the Mourning Doves sure know to build their nests within easy access to my backyard So if you feel confident that they are smart enough to nest nearby their food source then I would let them continue to forage for themselves.
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Keep in mind zimm as well that if you feed them they will have more broods and more pigeons = more poop in your barn and other ferals may also come and stay. I would welcome them but just view them as wild birds and I would only feed them if they were sick or injured. Good luck
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Interesting point. Birds are almost like cats, you feed them and they keep coming back.
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Is it ok to feed them or will it make them dependent on me and will the babies expect to be fed?
They've lived fine before you discovered them. They obviously are eating, they found a home, they're nesting, they're feral, they don't need you, they only want to use your barn. Leave 'em be. Just enjoy them. No need to act.
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They've lived fine before you discovered them. They obviously are eating, they found a home, they're nesting, they're feral, they don't need you, they only want to use your barn. Leave 'em be. Just enjoy them. No need to act.
Or...maybe they are nesting in the barn because there is some food there such as grain spill. I would still support them a bit in extreme weather. That doesn't mean put out so much that they won't need to look elsewhere. Fiding food in a warmer climate such as Florida where Grim lives would be much easier for them ... you don't live in a warmer climate.
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I feed the pigeons in my garden almost all year round (I let them forage for themselves in late summer/autumn when "nature's bounty" is available to them and will help them learn to forage.

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