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by Monica Melograna-Ward

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Since there really hasn’t been any change since last week, I decided to write a combo article.

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Here are a few bees at the entrance of the hive… The End

Just kidding. The really big news is that we finally released our homing pigeons. Actually, it is just a pigeon – singular.

I had purchased a pair, to train as wedding/memorial doves (yes, those are actually white homing pigeons, not real peace doves).

But, there was a small gap in the cage door. A snake got in and tried to eat the male pigeon. He could not, since the pigeon was too big, but in the process of getting to the impassable shoulders, he smothered the bird to death.

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This is the inside of the female pigeon’s new digs. I was in the process of building this when the snake got into the old cage.

It is designed specifically for homing pigeons. The photo shows “Petunia” inside, from the viewpoint of looking in from the newly opened gate entrance.

She had gotten settled in for about 2 weeks. This is long enough for homing pigeons to think of a new space as home.

My husband took a pic of me taking a pic of Petunia. She made it to the landing pad.

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Then our sole homing pigeon hopped up to the top of her house. It is attached to the main chicken/duck coop.

Petunia tried to hang out with the chickens on the ground. One of them got territorial and chased her, so she flew up to the coop’s roof.

26E8E98D-2A68-46D2-832F-1C03A6118267This photograph shows our one and only wedding rental, enjoying the top of her personal home. This image is from the day after her maiden voyage out into the world.

We’ll take our girl farther and farther away from our house, until she knows the home base location well; and can then be used for events.

I’m hoping that the people that sold me the pair are at Carolina Chickenstock poultry sale again in September (It is held twice per year in Taylorsville, NC.).

It would be wonderful to get a few more that are this smaller-sized pigeon (They tend to run larger.), so that she has some matching buddies.

Happy Weekend! Have a great one!!!

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October is here. Introducing our Homing Pigeon seemed appropriate to help celebrate this month’s holiday – Halloween. His/Her name is “Boo” (we think she is a her, but that is not a certainty).

This type of homing pigeon is often referred to as a White Wedding Dove. Although quite elegant, they are not really doves. They were bred to release at weddings. The idea is that the keeper gets their birds back, since homing pigeons, if trained, will just fly home from the ceremony.

 

Boo

 

Since we purchased our homing pigeon as an adult, her wing feathers were clipped, so that she would not fly away. She was also kept in a big crate cage, so that no predators could take advantage of her vulnerable state.

By the time her feathers had grown back in, she was pretty content with her surroundings, so the mesh door was taken off of her crate. She had no desire to go very far and kept very close to her refuge.

It has been at least a few weeks since she was let free and she is now spreading her wings more often and venturing out a little farther. Yesterday, I was riding hay out to the ponies on the lawn tractor and she came swooping right at me, just missing my path forward. If you were not expecting it, that might be a frightening experience, reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

Even more frightening can be the approach of a jealous hen.

 

Boo and Pumpkin

 

Pumpkin, a Bantam Americauna (from the Pic/Photo #7 posting), has grown up to be a spoiled pet chicken. Whenever I am in the back feeding the flock, she jumps up on my arm to get pet and babied. Her sister has been trying that trick out too. I hope that the whole flock does not copy them. One or two overly friendly birds is plenty.

Pumpkin actually attacked Boo, but I did not catch that with the camera – poor Boo. She succeeded in chasing Boo away and stole the show. She knew that this blog should be titled after this month’s holiday, although alternatives such as “Pigeon Chickens Out” or “Which Came In First – The Chicken or the Pigeon?” were in the running. What other choice did I truly have for a title with birds name Boo and Pumpkin?

 

Pumpkin

 

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We have almost five acres. It is a nice sized piece of land. Getting the right combination of animals for the space has been a mix and match challenge. It is not enough space to have cows or a lot of other large animals, but it can accommodate a good number of small to medium sized livestock.

On one side of our house, we keep our fowl pens. There is a 10′ x 10′ pen with 2 ducks, a 5′ x 10′ pen with 2 turkeys, a cage with 2 Japanese (coturnix) quail and a homing pigeon, 3 bantam chicken cages, a chick grow out cage and the main standard chicken coop.

Our horse and pony have a double pasture out front. That set of large animals works well. The recent rain storms keep passing over our area, so we have a round bale scheduled for pickup today, but normally during the warm weather, the grass grows at about the same pace as their grazing.

The three dogs all stay inside now. And they have a fenced area in the back to run around in. That is also where our herd is. We have four mini goats. And now there is Charlie.

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This is our new lamb. He is very quiet and shy. I think that Charlie is an Oxford sheep. They are used for both meat and wool. We won’t be eating Charlie, but a scarf would be nice. Actually, I have a friend that weaves, so she will most likely be getting a surprise package when we shave him.

The goats have been ignoring him, except for Luna. Luna is our little black goat that loves to play all day. She taunts the dogs. She jabs me lightly in the calves with her little horns if I’m not quick enough at feed time. Luna has been torturing Charlie. But Charlie barely feels her pushing him around. His fleece serves as a bouncy, thick layer of protection.

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