Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred bird myself
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Posted Nov 14, 2012
When I was younger, my father built a large pigeon coop in the backyard with holes where the pigeons could come and go as they pleased. He built holes in the walls where the pigeons could nest when they came home. They had complete freedom which was great.
As a child, I couldn't really play with them so that's why I don't recommend them for kids under age 8. It was fun to go into the pigeon coop and hear them making their cooing noises. The mother pigeons that were sitting on their eggs would glare at me from their nests. They were VERY protective so I didn't go near them. They watched me like a hawk ... that saying should really be they watched me like a pigeon. You don't want to mess with a mother pigeon.
If you like to see beautiful pigeons flying to and from a home you have built for them and you check on them regularly to make sure they have food, their environment is clean, and they have nesting material, then pigeons are for you. I remember watching them flying away and being afraid they wouldn't come back. But they always did.