I'm really not trying to give you a hard time. REALLY, I'm not......but when new fanciers make these mistakes, it's the birds that pay the price. WE can go get more birds............and "not knowing" is really no excuse. The info is out there if you just look for it and a simple question here on the forum would have steered you in the right direction. Don't know who you got the birds from and it doesn't matter. They told you wrong, IMO.I released three birds and they have all returned. I have never had pigeons before I don't know the time frame on how old the birds have to be before you take them on the road. The person I got the birds from said it was ok to start taking them away from the loft.