Wordful Wednesday-Pigeons

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My brother has raised pigeons for as long as I can remember.

I’ve always thought it was an interesting hobby.  For someone else.

I’m afraid that this affinity for pigeons, in particular, somehow runs in the family.
Can you tell?


I would just like to hereby declare that no common nor show nor even a stuffed pigeon shall live at or near my house.
Are you reading this Emma?
Just thought I’d throw that out there before you got any ideas.
Seriously though, my brother raises some pretty amazing varieties of show pigeons, and the variations and interesting characteristics within each breed astounds me.  And, on an interesting note, those two pigeons being held by Emma were born on the same day by the same hen.  One was rejected by the mother and has been nursed by my brother and his wife while the other (white) pigeon has been taken care of by it’s parents.  Can you see the drastic difference between their physical development?



  1. 3

    Theta Mom says

    I never knew there were show pigeons, either! BTW, your comment was above mine on Confused Homemaker, and I just thought I would tell you since I made the move to WP, I haven't looked back. Although my feeds are still not all updated and I did lose some followers in the process, it's such a whole new bloggy world my friend. Take the leap of faith, you won't regret it.

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    Melissa says

    Oh that's so sad Angie, about the difference in pigeons.
    It reminds me of those poor kids who are in orphanages and have no parents and are just taken care of by volunteers you know.
    Man what a difference parenting makes. I wonder why they rejected it?
    Anyway I think it's funny you also 'put it out there' for your daughter, you know, just in case she got ideas.
    I think it's awesome your brother does it.
    Pigeons are fascinating.
    Fun post.

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    sheila says

    Oh my gosh, my husband and I were just talking the other day about how weird it is that we've never seen a BABY pigeon! We see the birds daily everywhere here but never a baby. Actually, I may have seen one once. It was young, but not like just born in your pics.

    I can't wait to show him this post!

    Oh yeah, and they are soooo cute~!

  4. 11

    Justine says

    Oh wow, now there's a weird, Ernie and Bert kind of hobby! What does he DO with all of them?

    Emma is so thoroughly adorable, I'd almost want to get her a pigeon!

    Justine 😮 )

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    Mindy says

    Oh my.. I will not let my kids see this post. lol We have a rule in this house… the kids can't own anything that poops. (With all those pigeons, I bet that's A LOT of poop!) 😉

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    Stina says

    great pictures. not a fan of pigeons, but i think you do have a budding pigeon raiser. i think it would be neat to have a homing pigeon and strap a note to its foot and send it on its way with a message to a friend, or family member. one of my fav Little House episodes deals with the importance of a pigeon w/ Shannen Doherty's character. happy WW and take care.

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    It Feels Like Chaos says

    Cool pictures and very interesting note on those 2 pigeons! I am not a fan of being too near birds of any kind, so I'm gonna put it out there for my kids that no bird of any kind at all shall live inside my house!

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    Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) says

    hmmm….yup no show pigeons here either – it looks interesting and all, but birds, especially in mass quantity, are icky….And tell your kids how much less fun it would be to visit their unlce if they had their own pigeons to care for.

    (really just reading this makes me want to scrub my hands…I had no idea the freaked me out so much!!)

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    Momisodes says

    I had no idea you could raise show pigeons. What a fascinating hobby!

    She looks thrilled holding those baby pigeons. And yes, the white one is huge compared to the other!

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    Honey Mommy says

    Poor rejected pigeon! At least it has somebody to love it!

    I have some friends who raise bees. That is definitely a hobby for someone else and NOT ME.

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    Marie says

    Never thought I'd say this but I feel bad for that poor pigeon! Emma looks like she is having a blast. Good thing you handed out the disclaimer. 🙂

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    Life with Kaishon says

    I can not believe the difference in size. WOW! She does look totally enthralled with them, doesn't she? Wow! : )

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    Frau says

    Very interesting and sad, what kinda momma rejects it's baby! Love the pictures! I don't know Pooba in person can't remember how I found her blog. I moved to SLC my junior year of HS went to Brighton High! We still have our home there, I have one sister and my parents are there in the summers. Rest of my family is in NJ. Hubby and daughter sometimes me are big skiers. I hope to call SLC my home again some day. I really miss the mountains and the friendly people. We are home for three weeks over xmas and I can't wait to get my fill of yummy food, shopping, english movies and visiting friends and family.

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    JamericanSpice says

    I had no idea they had show pigeons. This is quite interesting.

    I wouldn't want them at my home either 🙂

    The difference in their growth is pretty dramatic indeed. That's an interesting look into parenting from the outside.

    Enjoy your Wednesday!

  15. 42

    Robin says

    Ugh, I'm with you – keep those flying rats away from my home and AWAY FROM MY LAUNDRY!!! I live in a city and I had a terrible problem with pigeons pooping all over my clean laundry until our building finally got pigeon netting. Now they just poop all over my rooftop patio. Dang birds.

  16. 44

    BoufMom9 says

    What an interesting hobby to grow up around and how fascinating for your kids to experience (even if only while visiting)

    How cool!

    Happy WW!

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    The OmniCouple says

    Awww, they are so cute. I wouldn't have them at my home either, though. I will stick to kitties and doggies. 🙂

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    Sherry at EX Marks the Spot says

    How very interesting – and familiar. My husband died earlier this year but he had raised and trained pigeons for 66 years, starting at the age of 12 for a Boy Scout project. We went to a pigeon racing convention last year and had planned to go again this year. The Queen of England has pigeon lofts also; he visited her loft several years ago. I've posted about pigeons several times.

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    ErinJeany says

    awww poor little grey pigeon. Makes me sad. Glad your brother gives it extra love though! Your daughter looks like she liked holding them! 🙂

    happy ww!

  20. 56

    Sue says

    That is an interesting hobby. Your daughter seems to love it, hopefully she will be happy just visiting your brother's pigeons.

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    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    How cool is that? Well, for someone else of course! 😉 It is amazing the difference between the physical development of the two baby pigeons – says a lot, doesn't it? 🙂

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    Serendipitys is Sweet says

    Wow, that's really cool. No wonder she has an affinity for it. And what gorgeous hair she has!

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    Ms. Latina says

    Your daughter is adorable.

    As for the pigeons, its the age old question nurture vs. nature. I think nurture by parents always wins!

    Happy WW!

  24. 68

    Amy says

    That is so amazing. My Papa (grandfather) use to raise all kinds of birds too. He had a whole sun room with them. Have a great day..

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    Laura says

    That is cool. I am with you though I like to admire these things from afar. I can appreciate all the work and mess just fine that way 🙂

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    Whimsical Creations says

    How cool! I never knew there were show pigeons.

    I would have to agree with not in my house, too. =D

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    Carissa(GoodNCrazy) says

    huh? Did you say SHOW pidgeons?? Whoa. Other than the nasty things in New York city… I really haven't seen any.. much less a SHOW pidgeon..(grimacing)

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    Kristin says

    I didn't know he still had pigeons. Poor Emma. Now what is she going to do for a hobby?
    We are a pet free house, so I totally get it. We tried fish, but they are boring and Tess got tired of feeding them. Sooooo, flush! Hope they made it to the sea!

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    Jenna says

    Haha Interesting For other people…that made me laugh outloud! That's kind of cool though, I've never heard of anyone raising pigeons.

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    Brenda says

    I don't really know much about pigeons other than how to scare them away from my house. But what your brother does sounds really interesting.

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    Mel Fraase says

    Neat. Especially from a distance. I'm squirming a little from here. Never even knew there were "show" pidgeons!!

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    ~ Noelle says

    seriously? show pigeons? I never knew that there was such a thing…
    Now I do!
    I am joining WW for the first time this week..

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    confused homemaker says

    I did not know there were show pigeons out there in the world either. I learned something new today!

    And I saw your comment on my blog, I responded there, but then thought I'd post it here to for you:

    "I am glad that I made the switch. It was worth it for me. I like the con­trol, the plug-ins that you can use with it, & the own­er­ship. I also did all the “heavy” lift­ing of mov­ing it myself & updat­ing the lay­out over time. But you can hire that out."

    If you want you can shoot me an email. It seems like everyone is starting to make the transition over to WP 😀

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    ChefDruck says

    You're so right, that is a funny hobby. I somehow could imagine their cooing as I read your post and it was a little creepy!

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