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Basically, I am new to pigeons. I have had 15 pigeons that I recieved from a friend at work in early January. I have already built a coupe and just opened the coupe today March 23.

Some of them have flown out, I am hopeing they will return...

Can somebody tell me if it was the right thing to do? Its been 3 months (90 days) past the day they were brought to me. I made sure of this by setting it in my phone calendar.

Does anyone know?
How do you work it to where they wil deliver messages to friends and family?
Where/ How do I get tags?
Should I get tags?
 

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Actually, you should have asked these questions BEFORE you let the birds go. Your friend should know the answers to these questions too. There's not enough info for anyone here to give you a good answer, except that if the birds are flying, it's to late to "tag" them............we call it banding and that's done when they are around 7 days old.
 

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RjSteed - I don't think that the birds will return if they haven't been exposed to the surroundings of your yard. Are these young birds or old birds? I would recommend that you talk with your friend who gave you the birds and find out how he would resettle birds to a new loft.
 

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I'm sorry but is this REAL?....lol.

This is sad...

I just found this site, I have looke high and low for info on pigeons until I was blue in the face... Today I happen to stumble on this site.

And I get crap the first [email protected]!

For your information, the person who gave me the pigeons told me to keep them in the coupe for 3 months not a day less.. Thats what I did.

I run a website with a forum where people are a hell of alot more helpful than the two posters thus far...

Does anyone who has some good intentions want to try to help me?
 

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This is sad...

I just found this site, I have looke high and low for info on pigeons until I was blue in the face... Today I happen to stumble on this site.

And I get crap the first [email protected]!

For your information, the person who gave me the pigeons told me to keep them in the coupe for 3 months not a day less.. Thats what I did.

I run a website with a forum where people are a hell of alot more helpful than the two posters thus far...

Does anyone who has some good intentions want to try to help me?
Please don't be offended. We have non registered folks post here frequently that try to get us all stirred up and most often they succeed.
As for you birds, you will just need to wait and see. If they don't return, they likely have gone back to your friend's house and you can collect them there.
What kind of pigeons are they?
 

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This is sad...

I just found this site, I have looke high and low for info on pigeons until I was blue in the face... Today I happen to stumble on this site.

And I get crap the first [email protected]!

For your information, the person who gave me the pigeons told me to keep them in the coupe for 3 months not a day less.. Thats what I did.

I run a website with a forum where people are a hell of alot more helpful than the two posters thus far...

Does anyone who has some good intentions want to try to help me?
OK. Look, sorry if we got off on the wrong foot. If you'll notice, I've made 13,000 plus posts and the VAST majority of them were helping someone just like you. If I came off a bit snotty, I'm very sorry. The last thing I want to do is upset someone and new member especially......
Let's start over.......:)
Answer these questions and lets see what we can do.

Age of birds.
Type of pigeons.
Loft set up.
 

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Sorry that I offeneded you with that post...we have had a few jokers that have posted false threads just to get a kick out of the tension that builds up with questions similar to yours. This forum is full of great and helpful members with a lot of knowledge. As a fancier of pigeons, the first thing I did when I got my birds was pick the brain of the guy who gave them to me. I got a lot of great information just by talking with him alone. That's why Renee(Lovebirds) and I mentioned that you talk with him first. You got the birds from him and he would be your best resource for information. Specially information on his birds.
 

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What KIND of pigeons?
How old are they?
Does your loft have an aviary?, traps/bobs?
I'm not positive how old they are.. I am not positive how long my friend had them and they are not certain how old they all are either. Because, they kept them in thier back yard for (however long, I don't recall) in a metal shed they used for a coupe.

Yes loft has two aviarys on each side of coupe, one has the water container, one has the food container. I will have to take pics, I do have one in my profile/ gallery...

There is a Trap (I think it is) it allows them to go back in, Ill link to the site where I got it... They did not exit from the trap though. They exited from the door I put in the one aviary.

Currently there are nine birds left in the Coupe, so 6 have flown out.

What is a BOB?

I dont know what type of pigeon... Some of them look like pigeons you would see in a park, with the purple color. A couple are whit with brown markings, and a couple are light brown with white markings.
 

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Was your friend the original owner? Have you spoken with him/her? The birds might have returned to HIS house - THEIR loft as they know it.

IF your birds come back or IF you have others in your loft or IF you get more:
1. It is generally suggested that birds born elsewhere NOT be flown free, but that they live a happy, safe, well fed/watered/loved life in their (your) new loft. We are also relatively new to pigeons, now have 15, and WILL NOT (by choice) let any of the adults out free....maybe those born here will be trained to return...but maybe not. We have wayyyy too many hawks and other predators to take a chance with our pets' lives.

2. That having been said, YES, banding is a good idea and "snap on" bands can be bought at several pigeon supply houses. You can also order personalized, stick-on labels (our's have our phone number on them) so that IF the birds get out unintentionally, they have some hope of getting home if they are found. Because these are "snap on" bands, they can be put on adults.

3. In addition to "What kind of pigeon?" and "How old are they"?..... Are you planning to race your birds, show them, or "just" keep them as pets? Did your friend not give you any advice about settling the birds into their new home and/or training them to their new loft? Did he, at least, give you some information about feeding, breeding, loft design,...in general....basics of keeping these birds healthy?
 

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Please don't be offended. We have non registered folks post here frequently that try to get us all stirred up and most often they succeed.
As for you birds, you will just need to wait and see. If they don't return, they likely have gone back to your friend's house and you can collect them there.
What kind of pigeons are they?

Do you perhaps have a link with pics so I can identify them? Other then that I dont know.
P.s. I shouldn have responed a lil different to what I thought was iggnorance. I know how forums can be, and should have expected it... I know there are a lot of idiots out there. I do my darnedest to keep them out of mine.
 

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rollers/tipplers/tumblers, can be resettled to a new loft, and flown. homers will try to go back "home" to preloft, so if they don't come back, perhaps you can call the person you got them from to see if they show back up there.:)
 

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OK. Look, sorry if we got off on the wrong foot. If you'll notice, I've made 13,000 plus posts and the VAST majority of them were helping someone just like you. If I came off a bit snotty, I'm very sorry. The last thing I want to do is upset someone and new member especially......
Let's start over.......:)
Answer these questions and lets see what we can do.

Age of birds.
Type of pigeons.
Loft set up.
Answered in another posting. Sort of....
 

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Do you perhaps have a link with pics so I can identify them? Other then that I dont know.
P.s. I shouldn have responed a lil different to what I thought was iggnorance. I know how forums can be, and should have expected it... I know there are a lot of idiots out there. I do my darnedest to keep them out of mine.
Oh...there are so many hundreds of different kinds of pigeons. It would be very hard to do that.
 

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Do you perhaps have a link with pics so I can identify them? Other then that I dont know.
P.s. I shouldn have responed a lil different to what I thought was iggnorance. I know how forums can be, and should have expected it... I know there are a lot of idiots out there. I do my darnedest to keep them out of mine.
If you can post a pic of the ones left, perhaps we can make some good guesses on what they are. If he told you three months to keep them in, something tells me they may be rollers or tumblers, but sometimes folks think homers can rehome if you keep them up for awhile, but it usually does not work.IMO:)
 
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