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I wonder if some of you folks wouldn’t mind me rambling and maybe answer a few questions.

We raise working cow horses and also have chickens. We try to practice good husbandry, for all the usual reasons, professionally and personally.

I raised (as a kid 35 years ago) what we called butterscotch rollers I wish I knew what the real name for these birds). Now we have a grandson (13) living with us long-term who loves the chickens, and we have decided to build a coop and get some pigeons for him.

I would like to get some rollers (fond memories of all those beautiful birds rolling and falling all together) and my wife would like this young man to have the responsibility of running a small white release-bird business. Not for the money, but to keep this great kid on the right road. There is no one around here that does that, so I’m OK with that.

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Can I fly both kites together, or should I just fly one kite at a time?

We do not breed our chickens. Not to be too graphic, but every 3-4 years I slaughter all the birds (about 15 hens and a rooster) and replace them with all new chicks we started 6 months earlier for that purpose. It is just easier for us to control number of birds, ages, etc.

I would really rather not breed pigeons for the same reasons. Would prefer just to buy the appropriate number of birds of both types and leave it at that. What do I have to do to ensure no breeding (babies?) Or at least to minimize new young birds.

I am thinking about a dozen of each type of bird.

And I have read, that properly done resettling birds works most of the time. Is this true, or am I being naive?

I assume I would want to keep both kites (flocks, types, whatever) in separate parts of the coop with their own traps, landings, etc. Flying them together seems problematic. Is this correct?

This site is great, and I know I will be able to pick up most of the info I need just from reading threads, but I thought I would be benefited from getting these basic PLANNING questions answered.

Thanks in advance to you good folks……….
 

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Grand! I'm sure you will get answer's from more queified than I.Just think it's great that you and your Granson will be partner's in this.
 

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Sounds like a wonderful plan; we need more people involved with these wonderful birds and the younger, the better--more of their lives to involve other people. :p Others will be along with advice about the different kites, but as for reproducing, you can simply order or find some dummy/fake eggs (wooden or plastic) and replace the eggs laid with those on the day they're laid. They will sit on the fake clutch for a few weeks before starting over so gives the hen's a rest. Good luck!
 

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I wonder if some of you folks wouldn’t mind me rambling and maybe answer a few questions.

We raise working cow horses and also have chickens. We try to practice good husbandry, for all the usual reasons, professionally and personally.

I raised (as a kid 35 years ago) what we called butterscotch rollers I wish I knew what the real name for these birds). Now we have a grandson (13) living with us long-term who loves the chickens, and we have decided to build a coop and get some pigeons for him.

I would like to get some rollers (fond memories of all those beautiful birds rolling and falling all together) and my wife would like this young man to have the responsibility of running a small white release-bird business. Not for the money, but to keep this great kid on the right road. There is no one around here that does that, so I’m OK with that.

Questions:

Can I fly both kites together, or should I just fly one kite at a time?

We do not breed our chickens. Not to be too graphic, but every 3-4 years I slaughter all the birds (about 15 hens and a rooster) and replace them with all new chicks we started 6 months earlier for that purpose. It is just easier for us to control number of birds, ages, etc.

I would really rather not breed pigeons for the same reasons. Would prefer just to buy the appropriate number of birds of both types and leave it at that. What do I have to do to ensure no breeding (babies?) Or at least to minimize new young birds.

I am thinking about a dozen of each type of bird.

And I have read, that properly done resettling birds works most of the time. Is this true, or am I being naive?

I assume I would want to keep both kites (flocks, types, whatever) in separate parts of the coop with their own traps, landings, etc. Flying them together seems problematic. Is this correct?

This site is great, and I know I will be able to pick up most of the info I need just from reading threads, but I thought I would be benefited from getting these basic PLANNING questions answered.

Thanks in advance to you good folks……….
Resetalling bird's is tough. I tried it many year's ago. I got fed up of going back to the original owner's loft "Can I have my bird's back?".
Patience is truly a vertue. I believe you would be better off breeding from your original bird's and flying the youngster's.
If you started now, within a few month's you will have a nice kit of bird's flying around. As I'm sure you know your Granson will get a kick out of the breeding aspect of it all.
I know when I was a kid, I was amazed that this became that!
Good Luck to ya.
 

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I know you can resettle rollers and do fine with them but resettling homers is very difficult specially went you don't have any birds that home to your loft yet. I tried to resettle some older homers myself and failed. I suggest buying youngsters 2-3 months old and start with those if you can find some.
 
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