Millions of bird enthusiasts love to pet loyal, affectionate, and adorable pigeons. Pigeons are very friendly, intelligent, and entertaining social creatures, which is relatively easy to tame. For centuries, pigeons were kept for homing, competitive breeding, and racing.
Pigeons are calm, smart, good-natured, and make great outdoor or indoor companions. They like human contact and make sweet crimping voices that are sweet and calming for humans.
Due to its homing instinct and acrobatic flying abilities, pigeons are bred for racing worldwide. Pigeons are a perfect choice for teenagers and novice bird owners, low-maintenance and non-aggressive species for a great company.
Pigeons love being cuddled and will sit on humans’ shoulders, make squawk stuff, and do amazing tricks. With a well-cared environment and nourishment, pigeons have a better chance of long life.
How to set up a home for pigeons?
Buy a giant birdcage that should be wide and enough space to allow birds to perch and spread their wings. Fix water bowls comfortably in the cage corner without getting them toppled over.
Build a safe place with all needs and access for birds, protecting them from predators and weather conditions.
Before planning to rear a group of pigeons or a pair as pets, make sure to be confident in providing the requirements as below:
- A spacious, stable, wildlife-proof mesh and sloped roof outdoor built cage keep them out of the weather extremities. Leave a small hole to expose the top outside. This will brighten the cage, and birds will enjoy playing in the rain and basking in the light.
- Create enough spaced aviary with enough space and room for birds to flip and move freely inside the cage.
- Ensure sound and good quality of diet/food/grains/seeds to keep birds healthy and active. Birds will return to the cage on time for food and water, no matter how far they fly away.
- Maintain the cage/loft/ aviary clean and hygienic to keep birds away from diseases and foul smell. Use advanced cleaning techniques to wash the cage floor and sidewalls, other bathing bowls, and water containers.
- Make sure to buy a pair of pigeons or in a flock to keep them company because they are highly sociable creatures.
- When it comes to breeding, give them space during the incubation period. Pigeons don’t like human contact or any other intrusions during that period.
- If birds are sick or injured, show them to vet care and patiently handle them with care.
How to tame pigeons?
Buy a bird very young in age so that you can quickly help it adjust to yourself and your surroundings. Make sure to buy pigeons in groups or pairs to keep them happy and put them in an outside aviary. They will be satisfied when they get to live in an environment like their natural habitat.
Spending solid time with them and trying to hand-feed them gains you their respect. Give them lots of love and patience, like handling babies, and the space to understand you.
After a couple of days, open their cage, and set them free, feed them through your hands as you do regularly. Allow your birds to explore outside – they will never fly away from their territory. If they flee far away, don’t worry; they will return by regular feeding time.
Tips to make pet pigeons to trust you are:
- Owners have to stay patient and calm until they adjust to their new surroundings home.
- Always keep your movements and voice very calm around them.
- Spend maximum time near the bird’s cage to introduce yourself and keep talking or interact with them to get attention.
- Try to feed birds within their enclosures to get close contact.
- Allow them to fly around and explore your home to get comfortable with your living space.
Make sure to keep the cage open all the time in the day, except at night, so that birds can fly and roam around and come to the cell whenever they like.
Pet pigeons will never live entirely happy without a cage-free time. Give plenty of cage-free time for indoor cage pigeons, without worrying about losing them.
How to maintain the birdcage?
The basic aviary or cage maintenance and care include washing all water containers and food dishes daily, floor, removing dirt, and bathing bowls.
Weekly or daily, owners should wash all the platforms and perches with bleaching powder to avoid the smell. With the help of a bleaching solution, periodically disinfect the birdhouse and their accessories to keep birds disease-free.
Yearly once, owners will have to inspect the birdhouse and replace the old damaged things with new freshened items to retain the look and quality of the house.
Check for an ideal temperature in the cage’s surroundings. Pigeons in general do not prefer to be in a cold temperature. In case of weather turning bad, place heat lamps in their cage.
Taming pigeons as pets can sound quite easier than getting it done. Yet, Pigeons can be one of the best pet options one could opt for. For people of every age, pigeons will make good pets.