August 20, 2020
After a brief summer shower, it’s nice to see my pigeons outside their dovecote enjoying the cool breezes.
Here at my Bedford, New York farm, I keep a small group of pigeons – Homers, Tipplers, Tumblers, as well as one of the oldest breeds, the Syrian Damascene. They live in a pen adjacent to my peafowl yard and across from my stable. Pigeons have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been kept by people worldwide for their companionship, their sport, and their loyal service. Caring for these birds is a nice way to pay tribute to these fascinating and intelligent creatures.
Enjoy these photos.
My Bedford flock started with 10-pairs of birds, which included breeds such as Dunn Tipplers, Egyptian Swifts, Damascenes, and Isabella Tipplers. Many of the birds were featured in the well known New York City “Fly by Night” performance by artist Duke Riley and were members of Duke’s personal flight. Others were borrowed or rescued from pigeon fanciers for the performance. Since I first acquired them in 2017, we’ve also hatched babies right here at the farm.
Fancy pigeons are domesticated varieties of the wild rock dove, bred by pigeon fanciers for size, shape, color, and behavior.
They love to perch atop the branches waiting for visitors. We “planted” this tree inside their enclosure. Pigeons have exc