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Will my pigeons return

Postby KahlessDg » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:30 pm

Hi, I've had non flyer pigeon ever since last fall. I ended up with a mate for him by accident after I brought home a leftover pigeon from training session. They hatched two babies, before the mother pigeon got killed when she flew into my neighbor's dog pen. The papa pigeon raised the two babies by himself. So for my question, I took Papa pigeon out for training today, when I left my two young pigeons were sitting on the roof of my neighbor's house. They have been coming and going for about the last 6 weeks with no problem. When I got home they were gone. It has been dark for 2 hours and they still have not returned. Should I keep the hutch open overnight in case they do come back, or is it okay to shut pops since he can't fly away if a predator comes in?

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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby ezzy333 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:30 pm

They should return in the morning unless a hawk got them
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby ezzy333 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:31 pm

They should return in the morning unless a hawk got them
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby CDN_Cocker » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:23 am

They won't come back in the dark. Young birds are dumb sometimes they're gone for days.
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby DonF » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:31 am

They are either dead or alive, you'll know soon enough. I have both ferals and homer's. the ferals do exactly the same thing as homer's, just not as far! They will probably be back, after all, it's the only sure place to get food!
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby Urban_Redneck » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:51 am

They ought to return. I had my entire coop stay out a night and half a day, after a hawk attack- that really sucked.
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby Featherfinder » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:16 am

If they are alive, they will return. The delay may be that they have found an alternate food source....for now.
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby isonychia » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:29 pm

you never know with pigeons. I have had some come back 2 or 3 days after I released them, hanging with the ferals I suppose.
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Will my pigeons return

Postby KahlessDg » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:32 pm

They came back a day later. Thank you!

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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby CDN_Cocker » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:25 pm

I've had birds gone for a month before returning. Very rare but it happens. Not just racers either. Lost a roller once when I was younger (before my bird dog days) who showed up on the loft roof after 3 weeks.
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Re: Will my pigeons return

Postby uplandave » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:35 pm

[quote="DonF"]They are either dead or alive,

Made me think of Schrödinger’s cat. Glad they came back. Dave
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