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Who Knew!
that a racing pigeon would live so long!

In 1992 my Nephew picked up a very damaged racer. In high winds it had hit the overhead wires and really damaged his right wing. Nephew was only a little lad at the time, I am always taking in sick and damaged birds of one kind or another. I said I would do what I could for it.I wasn't expecting it to make it through the night! All Racing pigeon owners are supposed to stamp there name & addresses on the inside of a birds wing so if they are picked up, we can phone to say we have the bird, what condition it's in and so on. This one had no such stamp! Had a ring on saying what year it was born this one said 1991.
So here it is 2007 and I still have the bird, he is doing very well for such an old man. He has been loose in my Canery shed for the past 15 years. Healed up very well considering what he looked like when I took him in, he can fly but only from A to B but that is a miricle.He always greets me when I enter the shed, mostly just wants a bit of fuss.When the weather is nice & warm he has an outside filght he can get into.

As you can see his right wing hangs lower but he's looking good...
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caarianna From: caarianna Date: January 16th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
What a neat story! And cute bird! Good for you for caring for him and, yeah, who knew these birds lived so long! Thanks for sharing this, Janet.
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I have been round birds all my life. I thought pigeon's lived about 8 years. I was wrong!
chriselora55 From: chriselora55 Date: January 16th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
It always amazes me how long birds can live. We had a budgie for over 10 years.
Your racer looks great. Very sleek and happy. I bet he's a bit of a character too. He's living in comfort, what more could he ask for.

Thank you for sharing.
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My sister took in this old Parrot as nobody else would. When she had it to the vet one day, they said she was around 80 years old. She is in good health, but has cataract's on both eye's! If she were younger they could remove them.
slipperieslope From: slipperieslope Date: January 16th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful bird. I had no idea they were so long lived. He was lucky to land in your life!
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
He is what they call a Blue. Yeah! he was lucky that night when I Nephew found him.
betagoddess From: betagoddess Date: January 16th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That's one old bird! Go him!

And go you for having taken care of him for all these years! =>}
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I have picked up many racing pigeon's that were just tired sitting on the side of the road. I ring the owners to let them know I have one of there bird's. Some drive over to pick them up, some I keep for a few day's feed them up let the go again. Then some I put in the car and drive them home myself. A few are just to banged up to send home, so I keep for the rest of there lives. None as long as this though.
betagoddess From: betagoddess Date: January 17th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are a very good person to help them like that.

I hope those people are grateful when you return their pigeons to them!

Do they just get so banged up by flying about, or do their owners not take good enough care of them?
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mostly they get hurt while racing! The weather turns bad, they fly into the over heard wires. Some are just to pooped to fly any further and they land to rest. If it is really windy they get down low on the deck, I have had them brush over the bonnet of the car when crossing a road so they very often get hit by truck's or car's. You know some of these birds fly back for France and Belgium in a day. They have a race that start's in Stornoway so they fly really long distances without stopping.
betagoddess From: betagoddess Date: January 17th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! The poor little things!

I'm glad some of them have you to take care of them. =>}
snailbones From: snailbones Date: January 16th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Goodness - I learn loads from you - I had no idea pigeons could live so long, and from the look of him, he's good for a long while yet. He's very handsome! Thanks for the story and the pic.
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know they lived this long either. I just got to thinking how long I had had him, and was amazed it was 15 years.
I will have to write up about when I rescued 4 House Martin chick. That was really dumb luck on my part.
angelvette67 From: angelvette67 Date: January 16th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
He looks very comfortable and happy....he's very lucky he ended up with you :) And as the others commented, I was very surprised that pigeons actually live so long. Thanks for sharing this.
justmej From: justmej Date: January 17th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
He is very comfortable. Living in a heated shed. I will have to do some reading and see if his age in normal for a pigeon.
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