How to Buy Homing Pigeons

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Homing pigeons are a not a typical pet bird. Used for racing, a trained homing pigeon can fly up to 600 miles away and come right back to your home. Buying homing pigeons is an affordable and fun hobby that spans across all socio-economic backgrounds. Learn to buy homing pigeons to receive the best birds for your buck.

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    Decide how many homing pigeons you'd like to own. Take into account how much space you have to house the pigeons and your goals with pigeon racing. If you'd like to start breeding homing pigeons, you need at least 4 young pigeons to begin the mating process.

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    Understand that it's easy to care for homing pigeons as they require no special diet and adapt well in most climates. Trained pigeons can also be allowed to freely fly around and return home.

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    Purchase homing pigeons from a reputable local bird breeder. The breeder should offer clean, healthy homing pigeons for an average price of 25 dollars per pigeon.

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    Shop for a homing pigeon online. Ensure the place from which you purchase the pigeon is reputable and inquire about shipping costs and conditions for any homing pigeons you may purchase.

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    Acquire homing pigeons from professionals who specialize in homing pigeon release. A national organization called the American White Dove Release Association has reputable individuals across the nation who sell homing pigeons.

Tips and warnings

  • Breeding homing pigeons takes time, so if breeding is your goal, allow for plenty of time to build a homing pigeon aviary.

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