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i am going to be helping a person new to the pigeon world by setting them up with some birds. she is not ready for them until june 1st or so. i have a couple birds that are just under a month old now. if i keep them locked up without a view to the outside world, will these still be good birds to set her up with three weeks or so from now or will they be too strong on the wing? i want her to have every chance at success and don't want her to have any fly aways! also, at what age can i remove the babies from the rest of the flock and keep them separated? i want to get them asap but i want them to be able to feed ect... they are about to fly down to the floor any day now, as i saw them perching on the front of the nest box for the first time today. help me help this person!
please and thankyou:)
aaron
For what it's worth, I personally wouldn't give a new person babies that old. They will be SO much older than any other babies she gets and by the time she gets the youngest ones settled and trap trained, etc...the older birds will be even older..........
Do you have food in the nest boxes where these young pigeons are? If so, you should easily be able to take them at 30 days old.......I move my babies at 28 days old.
If they have access to feed and watch the parents eat, they are eating easily by that age.
It really depends on your set up.
A baby in a nest box where the parents feed it all the time and don't SEE them (the parents) eating, doesn't learn NEAR as fast.......
 

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ok i just checked my notes, the first baby hatched on april 8, the second april 10th, and the 3rd on april 20. all three of these disqualified? is there an acceptable range that i should try to stay in going forward if for some reason 30 days exactly isn't possible? thanks for the replies!
IMO, the first two for sure.......the second is "iffy"........but what's she going to do with one bird?
No the babies don't have to be exactly 30 days old........I would say no older than about 35 days old.
I think an older bird is a little easier to settle if it's added to a group that is already settled to the loft......they learn and pick up stuff easier and have a better chance of sticking around. But to put an older bird in a new loft, with a new pigeon handler...........just ups the odds that it won't go quite right.........;)
 

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First off how far away do you live from this person. If it's only a few miles then I would go ahead and give her the ones you've already set aside for her. If they fly back to your place then you can just give them back to her. I think that at 2-3 months you still have a good chance in settling them to a new loft. In any case fly aways are bound to happen even if you hatched the babies at your loft. It hasn't happened to me personally but I've heard stories about young birds getting freaked out by a hawk or something else and never return home. There really is no 100% in pigeons so I've heard and from my own experiences.
Henry, if the birds are broke to his loft, they won't go back there (most likely).....if the person he's giving the birds too wasn't a newbie......I'd offer different advice. A new person needs all the help they can get, and giving them wing strong youngsters isn't going to help the cause. It's best to start with the youngest birds possible and go from there, IMO.......
If you start with young birds and trap train and get them out at a young age and have fly aways.....well, that's just what happens sometimes.......but if you start with an older bird and it flys away, the FIRST thing you think is "well, it was really too old and wing strong"..........you don't want to do that do a new pigeon person.
 
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