Tips on How and Where to Buy Pigeon
Pigeons are not your usual pet birds; they need more care, maintenance and attention especially if you are going to train them as homing pigeons. Buy pigeon that is of good breed; a good homing pigeon can fly up to 600 miles away and still find its way home. The key here is to purchase young and healthy birds. Breeding homing pigeons is a very fun and affordable hobby but you need the right knowledge on how to care and train them.
How to Buy Pigeon for Racing
Pigeons for racing can be bought from specialty pet stores or form breeders. If you are going to breed for the first time, you should at last ask for help from someone with enough experience. If you do not know anyone personally, ask the store personnel or the breeders from your area.
Pigeons come in different breeds, and knowing which one could be sure a winner is the key in getting your money’s worth.
If you are starting, you will at least need four young birds for the mating process; pick pigeons that look strong and healthy.
Make sure that you know where to look for pigeons, if you have no idea where, you can always go online and look up pet stores or breeders’ websites. Going through will give you a good idea of how to start in your new hobby.
Commercial breeders have websites wherein you can see the pigeons they are selling; these breeders can offer you a wider variety of birds that will fit into your budget.
Going to pigeon clubs is another good step in finding out who the best breeders are. Reputable breeders are well known within the community especially if they have bred winning birds.
Buy Pigeon Supplies
Pigeons need supplies; they need a place to live in, they need good perches and they need good feeds.
A large roomy loft is the first that you should build. Buying birds first before their home can a big mistake. If you are so sure that you want to breed pigeons, make sure that the loft you will provide for them have certain divisions, so that you can separate the sexes until mating season.
The loft should also have a flying space for training your birds.
Another thing about lofts, they should be big enough for the number of pigeons you intend to buy. Once you have been breeding for a while, the tendency is for your flock to over crowd; if that happens, you should either build another loft for the new ones or you can make the current loft bigger.
Other pigeon supplies include; nest for the young pigeons, perches, feeds and feeding utensils.
Where to Buy Pigeon Feeds
Pigeon foods can be bought from your local pet store; they have good supplies of pigeon mix and supplements.
Your local breeders may also be able to supply you with quality pigeon feeds.
Using natural or organic feeds is the safer way, but mixing them with commercially available pigeon pellets can be good.
Supplements are a must; they help in keeping your birds strong and healthy.
Buy pigeon food supplies only from reputable specialty stores and breeders.
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