the homers may not stay if let out as they are too old, if you want to fly homers best to get squeakers which are young birds 35 or 40 days old, and train them. the rollers can be settled to your loft, but not sure how long they need to stay locked up, perhaps a month or more.the homers are 9 months old i believe as the breeder i bought them from told me and the rollers are 4 months, and i'm located in stockton, Ca
the rollers can be resettled, the homers may just try to fly back to the pre owner, that it why the call them homers, so they may leave the second you let them out or decide to leave in a month or more, but chances are good they will try to go back "home". only train young that you hatched at your place or get young birds 30 to 40 days old and train them to your loft.so that means even if i train them longer they will not come back isnt there any chance? what about the rollers they are 3 to 4 months old.
they don't need to be trained, they already know how to home as that is what they will do if let out. they are conditioned to get in shape to beable to fly longer distances to get home. so training is for them to trap and things like that and get in good condition to fly home from a distance, so it is very hard to rehome homers that are 9 months old, you will be going to pick up you birds from the preowner alot. if that is ok with you then do it. but they could and may get lost in the process if not in good condition to fly to their prehome.but the breeder told me that he never took any of his birds out and said that they are not trained and even if they go back he will give them back.if i do train how long should i train them? and how long should i keep them inside the loft and outside?
but the breeder told me that he never took any of his birds out and said that they are not trained and even if they go back he will give them back.if i do train how long should i train them? and how long should i keep them inside the loft and outside?
It's now about how devastated WE are.......it's about what it does to the PIGEON, when they get out in the big world and have no clue what to do or where to go and the slow death from starvation that is a real possibility. WE get over it. THEY don't.It all depends on how devastated you will be if the homers don't come back. If that is a risk you are willing to take, then you could try flying them after they have been well settled to your loft for a couple of months or so. If you are unwilling to take the risk, then I suggest that you keep this pair locked up and breed your own little flying team from them...safer, and it really won't take very long to get a few babies and start training them. Most of all, let them get used to you and their new home for a while - I remember when I got mine, I really freaked them out in the first few days by over-handling them - I couldn't resist!