All you need to Know about Pigeon Rings
Pigeon rings are also called pigeon bands and they are attached to pigeon legs for identification. It is very hard to recognize each pigeon in a flock that is why it is a common practice to put bands on their legs so that you can keep track of each bird and its progress in training.
Numbering on pigeon ring is commonly done to keep the track of individual pigeon. Differentiating individual pigeons is hard when they are in a flock therefore, leg bands are really good ideas. Numbering prevents duplication, and it will make you confused as these birds do look alike.
Types of Pigeon Rings
Many pigeon raisers band their bird’s legs with specially designed pigeon rings. There is a wide variety of pigeon rings available in specialty stores; they come in different sizes and colors. You can also have then custom-made or you can make them yourself.
If you are not too familiar with pigeon rings or a novice in pigeon training, it is better if you can ask for help from someone who know a lot about such things. There are different pigeon rings for different pigeon breeds, so you need to be aware of that.
Collection of Pigeon Rings
Some people are into pigeon ring collection. And this can be a very satisfying and it is actually a cheap hobby.
Pigeon rings carry certain information that makes collecting them really exciting. Some bands even have ownership cards, identifying the breeder. They also contain information about the bird like; date of birth, its breed and the club it belongs to.
Used pigeon rings can be bought easily and cheaply from pigeon trainers. The best thing about this kind of collection is that you do not need to go to any auctions, just go to some pigeon race sites and they can be readily available to you.
Pigeon ring collection can also be challenging especially if you want to collect old ones and if you want a collection of rings from different clubs all over the world.
When to Put and Remove Pigeon Rings
Pigeon rings are used to identify each pigeon from the flock. Racing pigeons are branded in order to give them individual identity in a race. Some breeder out pigeon rings as soon as they are big enough to be trained. Some change bands when entering races.
Breeders also cut the bands from the bird’s leg if the pigeon happen to grow legs that are to large. Unfit pigeon ring can harm the bird’s leg. Always make sure that the bands on your pigeons fit on them well. Bands should be a bit bigger than the legs but not too big that they may get caught on toys and wires, if you begin to notice that they are starting to be just fit enough remove or cut it before it can harm your pigeon.
Pigeon rings should be checked from time to time; after all it is better to replace pigeon rings than to replace your pigeons.
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