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Calling all Pigeon People!

 
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Location: The Occidental Decline, Literally and figuratively. 6b 6800'
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Any pigeon people out there on here?
Tell me about your dovecotes.
Do you race them?
Do you eat them?
Are they the future of secure communications?
I was born in Egypt, and returned in the early 90's for a number of years and fondly remember eating pigeon and seeing the beautiful pigeon towers. I want some so bad I can taste it.

Pigeons: A self feeding, free ranging, fertilizer producing, meat source that can deliver you mail.

https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2016/10/pigeon-towers-a-low-tech-alternative-to-synthetic-fertilizers/

Why is a stool pigeon a bad thing?
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A proper dovecote would have saved my pigeons from their worst nemesis: the local cats.
 
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I've been wanting to build one of these and I did a little research last summer. From what I gather the entry holes need to be 6 to 8 inches in diameter and have a landing stick in front of the hole, and painting the outside of the structure white makes for greater color contrast so the pigeons recognize the holes more easily. Inside, the nest boxes should probably be like 8 inch x 8 inch but I've seen bigger ones and smaller ones also. As for dealing with the birds, i'm not really sure if it's a case of "if you build it they will come" or if it helps to trap some birds and then lock them in for a few weeks before they recalibrate their home location. Also it seems people who raise them for racing keep them locked in most of the time and give them food and water, whereas people who raise them for manure or for meat just let them forage for food and water or just give them water only.

Here's a half decent article on them: https://www.notechmagazine.com/2016/10/pigeon-towers-a-low-tech-alternative-to-synthetic-fertilizers.html

And he's a vid showing some people building a traditional one: https://www.boisbuchet.org/workshop/building-an-arab-pigeon-tower/
 
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