Pigeons have been associated with humans for over 5000 years. They are an integral part of our sky across continents, countries, and regions.
We know them primarily of two types- Domestic and feral. One of the fascinating species of domestic pigeon is the Ukrainian Skycutter.
Here, we share a few interesting insights on this fascinating pigeon species.
What is a Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon?
Ukrainian skycutter pigeon is a variety of domesticated rock dove pigeon (Columbia Liva) developed over centuries of selective breeding.
The pigeon is bred chiefly for high flying and is best described as the mix of different breeds of pigeon.
The skycutter pigeon is also famous by the names of Polish Orlik or Lublin Orlik.
Origin & History of Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon?
The origin of this bird is debatable. The most popular belief is that the breed was first developed in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine. However, the pigeon’s first documented standard is in the city of Nikolaev, which is situated in Southern Ukraine.
But a second popular belief suggests that the pigeon was first developed in interwar Poland by Polish pigeon raisers. They used a Russian pigeon breed to develop the skycutter breed.
In its native area, the breed is also called ‘Tucheresi’ or ‘Tucurez.’ From there, the bird first reached Canada, North America, in 1967.
Varieties of Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon
The Ukrainian Skycutter has been developed by mixing different breeds of pigeons and putting them together. Few breeds used are nikolajevski bocatzy and nikolajevski torzovi.
There are primarily three varieties of Ukrainian Skycutter. The two are of Orlik varieties called the Ukrainian Shield Tumblers, while the third is a strain from the white Nikolajevski.
Appearance, Characteristics & Behavior/How to Identify a Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon
The Ukrainian Skycutter is also medium-sized like many other varieties of pigeons. It is primarily found in colors like dom, red, and yellow.
You can also spot the pigeon in black/ bronze colors and with blues wing bars. This variety is like the ‘kite’ type since it has a rich red bronze cast spread over its black hue. But this variety is not too common.
Despite being hardy, these birds are very active. By nature, these birds are not docile like other pigeons. Because of their unique high-flying capabilities, these are bred for high-flying.
Flight of the Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon
The defining characteristic of the Ukrainian Skycutter pigeon is its unique flying capabilities. It can fly straight and over more than 1500 meters of altitude.
These birds never fly in circling motion but remain straight while flying for an extended period. They immediately obtain heights of one kilometer and tend to stay there while flying.
It is made possible because of its unique structural modification. The bird flaunts medium to extensive feathers, a long tail, and a large wing range.
Moreover, the skycutter has an additional adaptable elbow that helps them move their wings in a circular movement. It makes their flight style remarkable and unique amongst all high-flying breeds.
Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon Food | What do Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon Eat?
Like other pigeons, the skycutter also feeds on grains. You must feed the bird a staple diet of 12% – 17% protein and poultry grit for optimum health and performance.
Another precaution you need to take is not to feed corns to this bird. They are disastrous and fatal for this high flyer.
Can Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon Be Pets?
Because of their aggressive nature, skycutter pigeons are challenging to manage. Hence, they are not recommended as pets.
They are primarily raised for flying purposes.
What is the Cost of Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon?
Generally, a skycutter pigeon costs over $30, but it may vary from region to region.
How to Raise and Train a Ukrainian Skycutter Pigeon (Caring and Maintenance)
Raising and training a skycutter is the same as training any high-flying pigeon. A few of the guidelines include:
- Foremost, you need to have a roomy pigeon loft of at least seven sq. ft per bird.
- Construct the top half of the loft with half an inch thick dowel and a two-inch gap in between. Cover the dowels well with netting.
- Build about a square foot of shelves on one side of the loft for nesting.
- Each shelf should have adequate nesting materials like hay, straw, wood chips, and twigs.
- V-shaped perches should be placed on the other side.
- Cover the loft floor with a thin layer of sand.
- Now fill the loft with multiple pigeons as they are social animals and behave well when in the company of their peers.
- Feed the Skycutters every morning and afternoon. It’s best to rattle the tin before feeding as it helps them associate the sound with the food. The food must be suitable for the skycutter.
- Clean the loft daily while the pigeons can have a birdbath every alternate day.
- Next, observe the birds and maintain records of their frequency of flying and the extent covered.
- Separate any sick bird, if present.
- In the first week of training, they must be flown first in the morning and fed after they return from their flight.
- In the second week, they must be given a small breakfast prior to flying as well. You can fly them on alternate days if their flying time is over three hours. But fly them every day in case it is less.
- Adjust diet according to training and flight time in the third week.
- Birds must have at least two days’ rest before a long flight.
- Check out that the birds display signs like beating their wings, standing on tiptoes, flying about the coop, etc. They indicate that the pigeon is healthy and the right choice for high-flying.
- Increase the diet gradually as they increase their flight time.
Ukrainian Skycutter pigeons are unique in their own right and a pleasure to own for high-flying.
Training and maintaining them is not too difficult if the right path is trodden. We hope you enjoyed knowing all about them.
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