Keeping Pigeons as pets and Training Them
The Pigeons seen all around us are the domesticated descendants of rock Pigeons and many people like to keep racing pigeons as fondness or for racing purposes. In different parts of the world, pigeons are raced in the competition and for that these pigeons receive a special training in which they race on the wave of their owner and also return back. For keeping such birds as pets, there should be sufficient space for their housing. A Pigeon allowed to fly freely is always at risk from predators.
But anyone with time, space and money can be a good pet owner, as Pigeons are very interesting and charming birds, one could develop addiction of keeping them.
However, breeding and raising such kinds of birds can be very demanding as well as rewarding if done in the proper manner.
Training of Pigeons
One of the coolest traits of a Pigeon is its wings. A person can clip or lock the Pigeon’s wings, to teach them walk.
To train them to race, they can be kept in lofts for sometime without food or water, and then later these can be placed at a distance to make it run for the food. This process however, sounds too common and simple, but it’s assured that this trick definitely works.
Racing Pigeons is very entertaining and this kind of game can be played quite often with the birds. Nevertheless, make sure the racing Pigeons are healthy enough to run and race.
If the racing Pigeons are well fed and properly taken care of, it will gain the strength of coming back to the loft more rapidly with increased energy.
Experts say that the key to their training is to be patient, be repetitive in the actions, to be stern and yet soft at the same time, and of course rewarding them for their positive behavior.
It is likely that combining all the elements together, it is difficult to demonstrate training of Pigeons’ altogether. Now since these birds are larger in size, they need proper space or maybe a safe environment outdoors, where they can be teached to play the racing Pigeon games.
The external sources can give anyone enough tips on training of these birds, so that the task eventually becomes easier in time. To begin with, when purchasing a Pigeon, look at the Pigeons and try to hand feed them in the pet store cage. Never look for the most alluring, instead, look for the most sociable and courageous one. It is also more convenient to buy them as a mated pair. When Pigeons are about two weeks in their nest, loft or cage, try to open their cage and try to get their attention with some food grains or seeds on the hands. If they don't land on the hands but go exploring the environment, don't worry they are just curious and will spend their time exploring their out of cage home. To give confidence to the Pigeons to eat from human hands, try to imitate their cooing sound so that they can feel secure.
Pigeons litter a lot, hence, it is important to have time to clean up and disinfect their nest to avoid harmful bacteria. On the other hand, Pigeons can be trained to litter on a piece of newspaper or other chosen place, by constant repetition of phrases and acts to make it come and litter on the said place. Hard work and patience and consistency are the keys to litter training. Bird waste is one of the essential evils of bird ownership that one must learn to live with. The good news is that although many assert that there is no way to "potty train" a bird, there are in fact few ways to teach the pet bird, the proper places to relieve itself. The racing pigeons and others can be trained easily.