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#1 User is offline   Doosstcombs 

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 16:23 PM

Hi peeps I wonder what happens to all the lost pigeons we have that never got reported or came back, do they die or go wild with the ferals or live with someone else but never reported? It's a shame as I lost half my young birds but just makes me wonder where they gone.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 16:35 PM

Mines just explode never to be seen
Or heard from again

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 16:36 PM

We all ,wonder they go Mathew,my wife calls it the pigeon triangle,

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 17:35 PM

maltings all over the country are full of them esp on the a1, i was once in at grimsby for fish and seen ferals and rung birds scoffin byproducts at a meal factory which turned the coulor of the feather orange, i had a hen return after being awol and was orange so knew where she had been,a lot will return once the feeding at this time of year gets scarce and they get hungry.

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 18:48 PM

So they just vanish in thin air lol

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Posted 25 August 2017 - 18:51 PM

View PostDave barrie, on 25 August 2017 - 17:35 PM, said:

maltings all over the country are full of them esp on the a1, i was once in at grimsby for fish and seen ferals and rung birds scoffin byproducts at a meal factory which turned the coulor of the feather orange, i had a hen return after being awol and was orange so knew where she had been,a lot will return once the feeding at this time of year gets scarce and they get hungry.


Byproduct of a meal factory I wonder if they get mad pigeon disease hehe and turning orange!!! That's a new one

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 19:33 PM

I've seen many go feral . Living off what ever garden bird feeders the ferals take them to . And out to the country during harvest. I'd definitely say a good number live out their lifes this way .
Hi iam from north of scotland And iam pigeon daft and always have been .

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 19:56 PM

I've put at least 4 on this site in the past none claimed so far including the one tonight ,I've tossed these birds nearer to home to help fellow fanciers out,I have come to the conclusion some fanciers could not care less about their doo,s

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 20:11 PM

i believe the majority die off after a few weeks of getting lost. unless the go into another loft

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:03 AM

Few years ago I was handed rings retrieved from a pigeon shoot. One had a phone number. So decides to call .The Man was from canary wharf London and the pigeon was a four year old when shot . It went missing from fraserburgh race after winning the Dunbar race a few weeks before as a yearling.It never left the liberation site ! Wonder how many do the same ? Does prove some can live happily in the wild environment which they had to do since the beginning of time. It's there natural instinct to forage . Wild birds thrive in good years and perish in bad only the fit ones survive.
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 09:04 AM

View Postblue lad, on 27 August 2017 - 08:03 AM, said:

Few years ago I was handed rings retrieved from a pigeon shoot. One had a phone number. So decides to call .The Man was from canary wharf London and the pigeon was a four year old when shot . It went missing from fraserburgh race after winning the Dunbar race a few weeks before as a yearling.It never left the liberation site ! Wonder how many do the same ? Does prove some can live happily in the wild environment which they had to do since the beginning of time. It's there natural instinct to forage . Wild birds thrive in good years and perish in bad only the fit ones survive.


Is it not illegal to shoot a racing pigeon?

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 19:08 PM

They can't see rings on doos in long grass !@#$$! $/*.! Aye it's illegal to shoot a racing pigeon £ 50 fine if proved.
Hi iam from north of scotland And iam pigeon daft and always have been .

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 19:12 PM

View Postblue lad, on 27 August 2017 - 20:08 PM, said:

They can't see rings on doos in long grass !@#$$! $/*.! Aye it's illegal to shoot a racing pigeon £ 50 fine if proved.


£1000 fine a few years ago
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 19:43 PM

every time we go to the local open air shopping center i keep an eye out for any birds with rings on among the ferals, you can guarantee to always see at least one.

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 21:08 PM

View Postblue lad, on 27 August 2017 - 09:03 AM, said:

Few years ago I was handed rings retrieved from a pigeon shoot. One had a phone number. So decides to call .The Man was from canary wharf London and the pigeon was a four year old when shot . It went missing from fraserburgh race after winning the Dunbar race a few weeks before as a yearling.It never left the liberation site ! Wonder how many do the same ? Does prove some can live happily in the wild environment which they had to do since the beginning of time. It's there natural instinct to forage . Wild birds thrive in good years and perish in bad only the fit ones survive.

Must have aged really fast in the few weeks between winning Dunbar as a yearling and being shot as a 4 year old flying from Fraserburgh !! :emoticon-0136-giggle: :unsure:
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:02 AM

Sorry it went missing from fraserburgh as a yearling.but also won the Dunbar race a few weeks before whenoon still a yearling?
Hi iam from north of scotland And iam pigeon daft and always have been .

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:09 AM

View PostBig Davie, on 27 August 2017 - 21:08 PM, said:

Must have aged really fast in the few weeks between winning Dunbar as a yearling and being shot as a 4 year old flying from Fraserburgh !! :emoticon-0136-giggle: :unsure:

Sorry must have been the sherry and no glasses on !
You know what I mean .
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:56 AM

think most of us understood what you were saying

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 18:23 PM

I think most end up in farms /farmland living off the harvests , that's why we see some return after it runs out , I got one back on Saturday ,lost 2weeks earlier ,think it came up the road with our race birds as it arrived the back of 3pm ,winners were in around 2pm , it was thin ,rubber still on very red feet like streeters and clay up its legs and it smelled a bit . So def think living on a farm until the urge to home .

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 19:05 PM

View Posthotrod, on 28 August 2017 - 19:23 PM, said:

I think most end up in farms /farmland living off the harvests , that's why we see some return after it runs out , I got one back on Saturday ,lost 2weeks earlier ,think it came up the road with our race birds as it arrived the back of 3pm ,winners were in around 2pm , it was thin ,rubber still on very red feet like streeters and clay up its legs and it smelled a bit . So def think living on a farm until the urge to home .


I was at a farm in East Lothian about 5/6 weeks ago the week after Ypres with my grandson when I saw 3 doos we race rubbers on. I got a tin put a hand full of wee chuckies in it and shook it I managed to get close to 1 of them it was a GB S 16 pigeon that's all I saw of the ring before the doo got a scare we people going about. Whilst I was trying to get it down again a lad in the early 30s came up to me and asked if I kept pigeons (I thought he was going to ask me if I was mad) I said yes he said his Dad keeps them aswell I'm sure his name was Strang but could be wrong anyway the lad said he comes to the farm regular as he works with adults with learning difficulties and takes them to the farm for a day out and says there are always racing pigeons that end up on the farm. So I defo think the majority end up in farms.
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