Racing Pigeon?

  • In reply to Becca1605:

    How close can you get to him? I have used the tea towel method in the past, which works quite well as long as you manage it first time. Just get as close as you can, tea towel open at the ready, then throw it over the bird and pick him up straight away before he panics. I'm sure he will forgive you when you next feed him!

    Cheers, Linda.

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  • In reply to Sparrow:

    Hi Becca,when kids we used to catch lots of birds for fun then release them,we used a sieve for sieving soil lifted up on one side with a 6 inch stick tied long string onto middle of stick and put some wheat under sieve and when bird under sieve pull string,bingo.

    My guess is if you really want a pigeon so bad and found a local pigeon racing person they are bound to have a useless racer that they would give you and will give you lots of pleasure.

  • In reply to Sooty:

    Naughty Sooty

     Trying to remove a ring can cause damage ,even a broken leg.

     Ray

          

             a good laugh is better than a tonic

  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    Why bother catching the bird to cut the ring off ?you may end up disressing the bird although a racer may be used to being handled.If you just keep feeding the bird it will probably adopt you itself and not bother leaving you,no one could accuse you of stealing then could they ? It will certainly be better off in your care,as said above the owner will not waste corn on a homing bird that cannot find home.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    I might be able to try the tea towel method Linda, I didn't even think of that!

    But as it won't stop raining I won't be trying it today lol, he was sitting on the roof when I got back from walking Jake which made me feel bad but I'm sure he's okay.

    I know we needed to the rain but honestly could do without it for a day I think! I'd like to catch my lovely pidge :-)

  • In reply to Becca1605:

    I don't think the rain will bother "pidge" plenty of good food and as I said he will adopt you.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • Hi Becca, its definitely a racing pigeon and  judging by the description of the rings and the time that its been with you I would hazard a "good" guess that it is someone's stock pigeon and probably cost a lot of money. A good way to get Pidge close to you is to feed her human grade monkey nuts. No more than 4-5 a day. She will soon be crawling all over you and you will gain a good friend.

  • In reply to valders:

    Sorry to post on this old thread we have a similar dilemma with a racing pigeon in our garden (we haven’t fed but been sleeping on our conservatory roof for weeks now) wondering how it worked out in the end?