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Brunner Pouter Pigeon

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Is the Brunner Pouter Pigeon right for you?

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Scientific name: Columba livia domestica

The basics:
The Brunner Pouter Pigeon is the smallest of the popular pouter pigeons. Despite its delicate appearance, it can be an easy-going variety, and some people recommend it for a “first” pouter pigeon.

Originally developed in the Brunn area of the country now known as the Czech Republic, the Brunner Pouter Pigeon has won fans all over the world, but most especially in Germany. These elegant birds breed well, allowing competitors to develop show specimens with romantic names like “tigered” and “stork marked,” among other patterns.

Appearance:
The slender Brunner Pouter Pigeon has long legs and a slim, elegant body, with a huge perfectly round crop or globe. The bill can rest nicely on the globe, and the eyes should be in a vertical line above the toes. The overall impression is of an elegant, aristocratic bird that looks a tad delicate. The legs should be bare below the “ankles.” They come in a variety of colors and patterns, although the white Brunner is particularly impressive.

Weight:
200 - 300 grams (7 - 10.5 oz.)

Average size:
33 centimeters (13 in.)

Lifespan:
7 - 10 years

Behavior / temperament:
Like the other pouter pigeons, the Brunner Pouter Pigeon seems proud of its splendid good looks. The spirited male will put on quite a show of skipping and bowing to impress his chosen female. This variety also has an excellent reputation for being a sweet, friendly bird that appreciates and trusts its humans. Hand feed your pets, and enjoy their affection and attention.

Housing:
The majority of Brunner Pouter Pigeon keepers are breeders and exhibitors who keep their birds in a large outdoor loft. Talk to another breeder before you design your loft, and make sure that it is easy to clean and secure from mosquitoes, thieves, raccoons, and other predators that would like nothing better than to feast on a nice tasty pigeon. Have a minimum of 4 square feet of floor space for each pair. Yes, that does mean that an aviary 4 feet wide by 6 feet long houses a maximum of 12 birds. Pigeons are messy, and their droppings and feathers can accumulate, so don't take on a bigger job than you are sure you can manage.

It is worth noting that the trusting, sweet Brunner Pouter can enjoy living as a single pet. However, they want to be around you and show off for you, so don't isolate or neglect these social animals.

Pouter Pigeons do bathe in water, so they should be allowed access to a shallow dog dish or similar bathing bowl to splash around in. Since pigeons lower the head to drink, they will need a deeper bowl for the drinking water.

Diet:
The Brunner Pouter Pigeon can thrive on a relatively simple diet. Most people start with a high-quality pigeon mix from a well-regarded source. You may also mix in quality grains such as millet, barley, wheat, whole corn, dry peas, buckwheat, oats, and so on, either from a good feed store with fast turn-over or from a health food store. Special pellets formulated for pigeons can be used to supplement the diet, to ensure that your bird has enough vitamins and protein.

If you're hand-taming a special pet, you may want to hold back special high-fat treats like sunflower or safflower seed to give to your Brunner Pouter by hand during the training and bonding process. Chopped greens like kale, dandelion greens, spinach, or fresh sprouts should be offered each day. Some people offer high beta carotene foods like finely chopped carrot or papaya. Hard or sprouted beans seem to be well-liked.

Brunner Pouter Pigeons need access to a high quality pigeon grit to help them digest the tough, uncooked grains they like to eat. A cuttlebone or another calcium source is also valuable. However, calcium may not be properly absorbed without sufficient vitamin D3 if your pigeon is an indoor pet. Therefore, it is important to choose a good avian supplement that includes D3.

Written by Elaine Radford

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