The domesticated birds called pigeons

The domesticated birds called pigeons
We had owned a pigeon before. It was a stray pigeon that decided to stay in our garage for a week until we allowed it to live with us inside our house. We named her Twinkle and she lived with us for 5 years. Not knowing anything about pigeons, we had to ask around on how to properly care for it. The pigeon is a pet like dogs and cats. Unlike other winged creatures, the pigeon is tame and doesn’t avoid humans intentionally. In fact, Twinkle lived like a dog and sometimes she also played with our dogs. What’s surprising is that pigeons need to peck on the dirt. The small grains of sand help the pigeon’s digestive system. From our research, pigeons have the best navigational system, a natural GPS that they can find their way even if it is dark. That is the main factor for racing pigeons. They bring the pigeons miles away and let it go back by itself. In pigeon races, it takes days for a pigeon to reach the finish line and the mortality rate is high because the racing pigeon gets tired and hungry but still continue with the travel. And pigeons love food that’s why people enjoy feeding them in parks.

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Mehano
Ah, yes. I have also read many times how smart pigeons truly are. They have been used as messengers for centuries before we made the real post system. But nowadays, I feel like pigeons are quite unwanted. We all know that they're famous for actually transferring many illnesses and that's why people don't like them so much. Here, we often get warned to not feed them and approach them because we could get sick.
Posted by Mehano on 10-22-2017
lovely
Yea,well-stated pigeons are one bird that I love to play with a lot, I read they were always used as messengers and because they're so smart to get the letters to the recipient without hassle.But unfortunately, they've totally lost their usefulness, not with the advent of the internet which has even killed the postal system.I love feeding the pigeons too.
Posted by lovely on 10-22-2017
Heatman
I can certainly relate to what you are trying to say about pigeons being used as messengers to pass across information. Well, I haven't really seen this done in real life, it's only in movies that I've seen such done.
Posted by Heatman on 10-22-2017
Heatman
I totally agree with this, pigeons can be a perfect carriers of disease, as they are live animals, they can incubate such disease over a long period of time, and all it need is just one contact and it's transfered such disease to another host and that is how an Outbreak starts.
Posted by Heatman on 10-22-2017
Tania997
I remember reading somewhere that pigeons were smart but I honestly never thought you could have one in your house. They don't really look like they would sit quietly in a cage like a parrot or other birds. I never knew they had an incorporated GPS, that alone just tells you how smart they really are. The pecking on the dirt thing sounds strange though.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-22-2017
tophew
Here in my country sometimes they call it birds and sometimes they called it pigeon but majority of the people in our place called it birds. i really enjoy watching them eating while i feed them with small bread dust they love it. it also amazes me on how they call there bird friends to inform them that there is a food in that area. they also love each other with harmony. i usually see them in the park near sea side.
Posted by tophew on 10-22-2017
vinaya
I never had pigeons as pets. In the place I live, many people have domestic pigeons. Some people have even trained pigeons that fight with other pigeons in the air. Sometimes a competition is held between the pigeons of different owners. However, I never took interest in such activities, I even did not take interest in having domestic pigeons. My house is frequently visited by pigeons of other people and they drop dirts on my yard, which is very frustrating.
Posted by vinaya on 10-22-2017
ballyhara
Interesting facts about pigeons. My family has had birds at home, but never a pigeon. I guess they must be really nice pets, but I'm not sure about having one, because I have no experience on it, and I don't want to do anything that can hurt them. I know that anyone can learn about it, but believe me, I tend to be really distracted, and I can end up letting the pigeon starving to death. No wonder why my sister's dog learned to pick up his water bowl, and chase me with it when it's empty. Yes, that's me, terrible right? Anyway, thanks for the post, it's very interesting and let me know a little bit more about pigeons.
Posted by ballyhara on 10-22-2017
NickJ
Here in New York City many people do keep a pigeon coop atop apartment buildings. It's not like it used to be though because the police or landlords usually shut them down as they can cause issues to tenants who dislike pigeons or the noise they make. Mike Tyson the famous boxer I believe owned pigeons at some point. There was also a movie called GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI where the title character spent his downtime caring for pigeons to increase his inner peace.
Posted by NickJ on 10-22-2017
gata montes
Unfortunately - much as pigeons are smart as well as extremely tame around people - as the majority of them where I live - appear to favor living in the cities rather than in the countryside - and do a lot of damage to the buildings - they're now classed as vermin - in fact so much so that - not only are there are very strict laws in place that prohibit anyone from feeding them - but if caught doing so - you stand the chance of having to pay an extremely hefty fine.
Posted by gata montes on 10-22-2017
Pixie
People don't usually keep pigeons as pets in my country. There are actually many diseases that one can contract being in contact with a pigeon. In fact it all started when some people died of certain diseases being linked to pigeons and other birds. To be honest the number of pigeons in my country seems to have decreased.
Posted by Pixie on 10-22-2017
babyright
Most of the pigeons i see around are not reared by humans , but they always wander about. One thing i like about the pigeons is that they prefer to live closely with humans without flying away since they will get a lot of food also from humans.
Posted by babyright on 10-22-2017
felabruno
I'm not a fan of pigeons and I don't care how smart they can be. Here where I live people hate them because they can be really annoying. I never thought I could find people that like them but I see there is a bunch of you here which is cool.
Posted by felabruno on 10-22-2017
Heatman
When I was a lot younger, probably in my teenage years, myself together with our peer groups used to hunt pigeons for sport. We normally set traps for it at the backyard of our building.

We have caught quite a few number of them, which we normally sell to some of the herbalist in the market. It's a common belief here that pigeons are used for rituals.
Posted by Heatman on 10-22-2017
Rhodolite
Hatred of them is totally unjustified. They don't carry disease and at worst their dander and poop causes allergies but the whole myth of them carrying disease is just that- a myth. I hate people who feed them bread though cause that turns their poop into cement. If feed seeds and stuff then it's manageable. They were domesticated anyhow an the reason why they're it states is cause Europeans brought them over for food, messages and general pets.
Posted by Rhodolite on 10-22-2017
overcast
In this city where I am living. Most of the birds are only found in park and the nearby hill. So the rest of the city is full of the pigeons. And they are to be found on almost every floor of the apartment. They are also harder to get out of as well. And the things about the birds is that some of them get attached once you start feeding them. So that's something you can experience too.
Posted by overcast on 10-23-2017
Sue
Living in the city we have so many pigeons around. They are everywhere you go. People like to go to the parks and feed them. The kids enjoy that. They can be annoying when they perch themselves on the roof of your house and coo all day long. They are also very messy and they leave messes everywhere which is hard to clean and it also burns the paint on your vehicles. You also have to be careful when you are out walking that they don't mess all over you. I have had it happen before and it is disgusting and no fun at all.
Posted by Sue on 10-23-2017
chatbox
I don't see too many pigeons around in our place so they can be a joy to watch when a group of pigeons hang around. I don't think they'll survive in the wide urban jungle because some children are too young to appreciate them and their natural talents and are just too happy to turn them into shooting targets. I'm afraid that children of the future will see less of them. I see that there are still people in the business of caring for pigeons and leasing them out on occasions like weddings, interment, first death anniversary, etc. While I adore this creature, I don't want to care for them in my own house because I easily get attached to pets and cry when I lose them.
Posted by chatbox on 12-28-2017
ColdFlameChris
In my country, I don't think that there are pigeons that are flying around freely because most of them have an owner. There's also a thing where if they saw a pigeon flying, they're using their own pigeons to swoop that one and make it their new pet. Yes, they're using pigeons in gambling like you've said and that's the main reason here in my country why they're making it as a pet, and nothing else. You can't see a good species of bird flying around anymore since they always catch them and sell it to people.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-16-2018
Corzhens
That is sad to happen to birds in your country. When you say flying birds are caught to be sold, that means your government is not doing anything about it. There are also people here who catch birds for a livelihood. They usually sell it in the Sunday market. But the birds are the sparrows which are plenty here. With pigeons, they are all owned by they can fly freely since people here respect the owners. However, there are exceptions since not all people are decent.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-01-2018
Kakashi2020
I had pet pigeons when I was a teen. A neighbor was raising pigeons, he loves to race them, which was a popular hobby by teenagers then. I got interested and bought 4 pairs. But it became a target for our cats, so my mom told me to sell it. I sold it to my friends and that's the end of my pigeon story.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 11-01-2018