KahlessDg
Rank: Just A Pup
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Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:52 am
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): GSP, Pitt mix
Do you hunt?: No
If you hunt, what game?: ...
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Will my pigeons return

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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ezzy333
GDF Junkie
Posts: 16637
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 3:14 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): Brittanys
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: pheasants, deer, squirrel, rabbit, coyotes
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
Location: Dixon IL
Contact: Yahoo Messenger

Re: Will my pigeons return

Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:30 pm

They should return in the morning unless a hawk got them

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ezzy333
GDF Junkie
Posts: 16637
Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2004 3:14 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): Brittanys
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: pheasants, deer, squirrel, rabbit, coyotes
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
Location: Dixon IL
Contact: Yahoo Messenger

Re: Will my pigeons return

Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:31 pm

They should return in the morning unless a hawk got them

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CDN_Cocker
Rank: 5X Champion
Posts: 1357
Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:59 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): Dachshund, English Cocker
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...grouse, waterfowl, rabbit, deer.
Do you compete with your dog?: No
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Location: ON, Canada

Re: Will my pigeons return

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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DonF
GDF Junkie
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Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:09 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): English setters

Have also had Shorthairs and Pointers.
Do you hunt?: No
If you hunt, what game?: ...Physical problems keep me out of hard to access areas anymore. Used to hunt everything I could in Ore
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Re: Will my pigeons return

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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Urban_Redneck
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:56 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): Braque d' Auvergne
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...Big and small
Do you compete with your dog?: No
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Location: NE PA

Re: Will my pigeons return

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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Featherfinder
Rank: 2X Champion
Posts: 457
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:15 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
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Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...upland
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I first trialed in 1974. Since then, pursuent to a few champions, I have judged many trials and 2 championships. I still train today.

Re: Will my pigeons return

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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isonychia
Rank: 5X Champion
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Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:35 am
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): Brittany
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If you hunt, what game?: I hunt a variety of game, large and small.
Do you compete with your dog?: No
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Location: Southwestern Colorado
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Re: Will my pigeons return

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.

KahlessDg
Rank: Just A Pup
Posts: 7
Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:52 am
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): GSP, Pitt mix
Do you hunt?: No
If you hunt, what game?: ...
Do you compete with your dog?: No
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Just got my first German Shorthaired Pointer puppy. I have always had bully breeds and I'm looking for a place where I can get advice and help on how to raise and awesome GSP puppy

Will my pigeons return

Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:32 pm

They came back a day later. Thank you!

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CDN_Cocker
Rank: 5X Champion
Posts: 1357
Joined: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:59 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 2
Breed(s) of dog(s): Dachshund, English Cocker
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...grouse, waterfowl, rabbit, deer.
Do you compete with your dog?: No
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: I am a week away from purchasing my first gun dog - a field bred english cocker pup. Looking for information on training and hunting with her.
Location: ON, Canada

Re: Will my pigeons return

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.

uplandave
Rank: Just A Pup
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:05 pm
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Breed(s) of dog(s): none yet
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...pheasant, deer
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Re: Will my pigeons return

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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