What is the floof that makes up Rex's hairdo-bonnet-thing? It reminds me of Gloster canaries and their lil bowlcuts.
They’re upturned feathers that were bred into pigeons, people must’ve liked how they look! She’s not actually supposed to have them, her breed, Aachen Lacquer shield owls, are bred from old German owls but the main difference is they don’t have that little cap. Old Dutch capuchines have a massive crest! Jacobins have the biggest I think, but they have health issues unlike Capuchines.
What are good enrichment toys for single pigeons for someone who works (so roughly only 8 hours to spend with the bird if working for 8 and sleeping for 8)? Or would it be better to get two birds in that case? Or keep them outside if it's only one or two birds (if there isn't a room that can be dedicated to pigeon use only)? Also should the water and nest things be kept on the floor of the enclosure or elevated? (I'm really thinking of getting a pigey pet but I want to do it right.)
Not like the ones for parrots, though, pigeons aren’t mechanical puzzle solvers.
A good forage toy for a house pigeon would be more like an easter egg full of seeds with holes burned into it so they leak when the egg is kicked or pecked.
A tray of calcisand with some seeds and grains scattered in it will also stimulate them the way real foraging would.
A shallow dish to splash in is also super fun. Pidge love to bathe!
If you get an active breed, it will be better to have two of them in a small outdoor aviary, under the current circumstances of time.
If you get a more docile and less flighty or energetic breed like Classic Old Frills, Old German Owls, Fantails, frillbacks, or Old Dutch Capuchine, or a small one like a Figurita, one or two could be pretty happy with the time you have available for them.
Pigeons, in my experience, also enjoy watching videos, which could be good way to keep your indoor birds occupied while you’re gone.
Pigeons are ground feeders and ledge nesters, so food and water dishes need to be on the floor and nests need to be hung up.
Is there a fairly good breed to have as a first time pigeon owner?
There are many, and those are my specialties!
6 all around absolute favorites (Friendly, easy keepers, easy to breed, good parents) My favorite performer 4 with simple upkeep. 7 that are great pets but not ideal for beginning breeders. and a super prolific GIANT of a cuddle bug!
Listed in order from most to least personal hands on experience: The Classic Old Frill Valencian Figurita Old Dutch Capuchine (discussed already under the tags #Classical Art Pidge and #Ramsey Favorites) Old German Owl Seraphim and Show Type Racing Homer
Favorite performing breed: Portuguese Tumbler!!!
Clever, with straight forward upkeep. Feral Homers Birmingham rollers American Show Racers
Great pets! But not suitable for beginning breeders. Frillback Luscerne Gold Collar Nun Indian Fantail Mindian Fantail American Fantasy Garden Fantail (Already discussed under the tag #Classical Art Pidge)
And possibly the loviest of Giants, the Utility King, which is the meat breed that produces squab. (the dish made with 4 week old squeakers.)
All of these will be discussed in detail as I come to them. ^v^