They don't have to be hand raised babies however. I keep rescues and many of them when come to me when I hold up my hand or arm and call them. It takes patience, and the birds learning to trust you. Hand feed treats to let him see that you are friend and to get used to you. Eventually they will learn to trust you, and will want to come to you. Birds are different than in training a dog. You have got to make them want to do it. You can't make them do something they don't want to do.
jay all my pigeons would eat from my hand if theyre hungry but how could i make them come to my hand do i use some sorta hand signal and how long did it take you so your pigeons can trust you and what treats do you feed them
Spanish red raw peanut. They are smaller then original peanut but they are extremely expensive. a 5lbs bag is like $15-20.
I suggest u can use other raw peanuts but you will have to crush them into smaller piece size. U can also use human consume peanut as well but make sure you are giving your birds the unsalted or non-flavor ONLY!
They shouldn't have to be hungry to come to you. With spending time with them and treats don't hurt, they will come to you even when not hungry. Many of my birds know their names.
You can buy a jar of human grade unsalted, dry roasted peanuts from the market or drug store. Chop them up into small pieces, and offer them to the birds. If the birds don't know what they are, then they won't eat them. So I then mix them into the feed so that they will eventually try them, and then they will love them. It takes time. When an individual bird is on my arm or hand, and eating peanuts, I say his/her name over and over. Like a dog that you pet when he comes to his name, your bird will learn to associate something good with you saying his name. Once they know what peanuts are, I keep them in a little jar with a red cover. When they see that jar, they get very excited. They will come to you and eventually learn to trust you. Eventually you can call them to you. It takes patience. I have had some that didn't take long at all, and some that have taken 2 years to trust me. All depends where they came from, and what they have experienced before that time. Some never will trust completely, and a few, not at all.
It is easier when you have raised them in your loft, and handled them from the time they are young, but it doesn't have to be.