You may be one of the many people who has decided to build your very own pigeon coop, then you are about to embark in an adventure that is both challenging and satisfactory.
Many people from all backgrounds are finding joy, satisfaction and even a bit of cash by raising pigeons. Many people are starting their own pigeon farms, while others get their reward and excitement after they build a racing pigeon loft, and enter their birds in pigeon racing. Most however just love nature and the wonders of their winged friends. Whatever your reason, there are some things that you should know before you start raising the birds.
Pigeon Coop: Can a pigeon farm be for me?
A pigeon farm like any other farm, raises their pigeons for consumption just like any poultry farm would. The reason the industry is actually growing is because squab (pigeon meat) is a must and a delicacy in many cuisines around the world, most notable examples are French, Italian, Chinese and Egyptian, although there are many more. Unlike poultry farms though the number of pigeon farms is much smaller. The reason squab is so popular is because of the tenderness and moisture of the meat. Squab is also rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, and the taste is not as gamy. Chefs like to use squab because the amount of time from preparation to service is almost half of regular poultry. With growing demand, it is easy to see how farming pigeons might be a great business idea.
Take flight: build a racing pigeon coop
A more challenging and rewarding option is to build your own racing pigeon loft and enter the world of pigeon racing. Pigeon racing may not beyour cup of tea hear about in the news, but the sport that is pigeon racing is growing. According to the ARPU (American Racing Pigeon U), one of the two large accrediting groups there are at least 15,000 registered loftswithin the United States alone, and they are growing. The numbers in other countries are even bigger. In Taiwan nearly 500,000 people participate in pigeon racing. Other countries to hold events include Brazil, Canada, Australia, the UK, Belgium and others. The number of events and countries involved gives pigeon racing international recognition. Should you decide to enter pigeon racing, keep in mind the prizes can be very handsome.
Important things to remember once you have your own pigeon coop
Racing and breeding pigeons can be rewarding, but there are important tips you must remember. It is important to have a veterinarian with experience as you will need help finding pigeon baby products, and because young birds will be more likely to get diseases. It is also possible to be affected by a condition called pigeon fancier’s lung which is an allergic reaction to certain proteins associated with the dust on pigeon feathers. If you do get this condition, depending on the severity, you may not be able to keep your birds. If you find the positives outnumber the negatives we wish you luck with your new pigeon coop.
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