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Posted 21st July 2009, 04:11 AM
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accomodation problems!

Hi, I have a aquired a racing pigeon who won't return to his owner and has decided he wants to live with us! (his owner has told us to keep him as he is no good as a racer) He is lovely and is now allowing me to pet him and will sit on my arm! My problem is he spends all day in my garden sitting on our wall or patio chairs even in the pouring rain! I am worried that having no adequate shelter to get out of the elements is not good for him. I want him to remain free flying but provide him with a dry warm cote to return to in the evenings. I have ordered a small wall hanging cote (triangular in shape) to hang on a mostly sheltered wall but am worried this is not adequate protection for him during the winter months which in England are very wet and can get as cold as minus 6. My garden is small and not big enough to build a small loft. Should I convert a guinee pig hutch, weather proof it and wall mount it? Please help, as I would like to have a healthy happy pidge for many years to come!
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Posted 21st July 2009, 03:45 PM
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Hopefully someone will be able to adopt him!
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Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
Hopefully someone will be able to adopt him!
I don't know she wants that.

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Posted 21st July 2009, 08:25 PM
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Jackie, thanks for helping out this pigeon! The shelter needs to be dry, free of drafts with good ventilation, and safe from predators. Beyond that is up to you to decide!
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Posted 1st August 2009, 06:17 AM
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Thank you for getting back to me, I have the cote now and he has settled into it nicely.
It is quite deep, dry and well ventilated. He even has a deep covered area to sit on out of the elements if he wants to! I had the cote made by a dove specialist so it should tick all the boxes! He hasn't left us yet and seems happy!
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Posted 1st August 2009, 08:46 AM
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Thank you for accomodating this needy bird (he sounds like a prince) and the update.

God bless you for helping one of God's nobles of creatures.

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Posted 1st August 2009, 09:14 AM
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Sounds like a perfect match up. Seems like he's selected you and you've done admirable by him! Any chance of a picture? Don't be surprised if he someday brings home a friend. Is there room for two?
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Sounds like you've done well by him. And yes, there is a good chance that he may eventually find a mate and bring her back home. Do you have ferral flocks around?
I would love to see a picture. Must be cute.

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Posted 1st August 2009, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jackielauder View Post
...He even has a deep covered area to sit on out of the elements if he wants to!...
Thanks for the update and glad he has settle in so well! Those covered perches are very popular. Pigeons love to relax while they keep an eye on everything.
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Hi Jackie,

You have done very well by this pigeon, he is a lucky guy! It sounds as if he is happy to remain where he is, but if he suddenly decides to take off back home then that might not be a good move.

Can you have a look at his band and see what it says? It would be best if you get the association that he is registered with to transfer his ownership to you. You could also put a band with your telephone number on his leg.

If he ever takes off contact his original owner immediately and say you want him back.

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