Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Racing Pigeons

Be aware when buying a house that belonged to a keen racing pigeons enthusiast, that when the said pigeons are sold on, you might get the odd one or ten come 'home'. This is whats been happening to us. We are now up to nine, though one is a 'repeat' visitor. Two have gone back after being 'shooed' away, four were collected by the new owner, one went to a local pigeon association as it didn't belong to the new owner all the others were sold to, one went by carrier (in an 'approved' box the poor pigeon couldn't even turn around in) and two are now pottering around in the garden as I type.

The repeat visitor has opened my eyes to the harsh reality of pigeon racing. Apparently if the said pigeon can't be broken in, basically his neck will be rung, as, as the new onwer said to Robert, " It'll be of no use to him". He suggested as a deterent, putting them both in carrier bags and shaking them or letting our cats have a go at them. I read someones blog yesterday, who had found a stray racing pigeon and luckily found a 'forever' home with a lovely couple. As she said, sadly some enthusiasts just see them as tools in a sport.

I'm praying that all my striding up the garden and flapping an umbrella at them will do the trick and they'll go home. It's wearing me out, but the thought of the repeat visitor being collected Friday to possibly meet it's death, I don't think I could handle.

Wish me luck with my umbrella flapping..............I think I need it.

Hugs, Sarah x

6 comments:

BumbleVee said...

some people are just downright cruel... I'd love to wring that guy's neck!!
Please have some luck with your brolly waving.... or call the raptor or bird society..whatever they call it in your area..... perhaps they can offer an alternative?

Rachael Rabbit said...

So funny - but perhaps not so funny if you live in the place with the returning pigeons!!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Surely there is somewhere that will take them in? How cruel some people are! As bumblevee said, I'd like to wring his neck!

Folksie Linda said...

Hope things work out okay for your Sarah...and just popped over to say Hi and hope all things are good your way! Minus the flapping...

Babs (Beetle) said...

I have an award for you on simplycats blog :O)

wendster said...

Isn't it sad how some people think of animals?

Guess mother nature is similar in how tough she is on animals in the real animal kingdom ... but do animal owners have to mirror that?