I find it almost unbearable to listen to a single male pigeon coo desperately for a mate. It tugs at my heart. I must find the pigeon a mate!
In the resident pigeon aviary at work there are two single males and one single female pigeon. The female, Birdie, is not interested in pigeons at all, only humans, so she pretty much ignores the single males who were desperate to mate with her when she first arrived.
Button, one of the single boys, has been quite patient in his wait for a mate, but Davey boy, the other single boy, has been cooing and dancing every day in his attempt to attract a mate – or rather, to steal a mate from the other males.
So when two racing pigeons arrived at work in need of a home my hopes were raised that they were female. One laid an egg shortly after arriving, so she is obviously female. But we’re still not sure about the other one. Only one way to find out: Mix them with the others and see what happens!!
But let me tell you first about the confirmed female racing pigeon, whom I’ve named Davina.
She was brought to my work because of the “mess” she and her feral pigeon mate was making on a couple’s property. She hadn’t flown home after a race and had taken up residency in Kent with her new mate. The couple caught her and took her to Devon where they released her, hoping she would fly back to her original home. … She made it back to Kent before them. … For fear that something bad may happen to Davina if we released her, we made the decision to try her in Dora’s and Pidge’s aviary. Davina is a lovely blue bar and immediately paired up with Button, much to poor Davey’s annoyance. He tried so hard to woo her but she only had eyes for Button. Button is naturally extremely happy with his beautiful mate.
The second racing pigeon arrived with a broken wing, which is actually locked down in position and the pigeon cannot lift it at all at the moment. I’ve given the pigeon a unisex name: Jules.
When Jules was put into Dora’s aviary Davey was ecstatic. Have a look:
I’m praying that Jules is female and that she falls madly in love with Davey. He so deserves it!
Here’s a list of all the current resident pigeons (fancy or disabled) at my work:
- DORA – female - fancy pigeon (paired with Pidge)
- PIDGE – male - feral pigeon (paired with Dora)
- GERTIE – female - racing pigeon (paired with Marmaduke)
- MARMADUKE – male - Archangel breed (paired with Gertie)
- FLEUR – female - fancy pigeon (paired with Marmalade)
- MARMALADE – male - Archangel breed (paired with Fleur)
- MADDIE – female - feral pigeon (paired with Lord Nelson)
- LORD NELSON – male - West of England Tumbler breed (paired with Maddie)
- PEACHES – female - fancy pigeon (paired with Stanley)
- STANLEY – male - feral pigeon (paired with Peaches)
- SPECKLES – female - feral pigeon (paired with Horatio)
- HORATIO – male - Highflyer/Tippler breed (paired with Speckles)
- LUMI – female - feral pigeon (paired with Turk)
- TURK – male - Turkish Takla breed (paired with Lumi)
- MOUSIE – female - racing pigeon (paired with Rudderford)
- RUDDERFORD – male - feral pigeon (paired with Mousie)
- TUX – female - feral pigeon (paired with Burko)
- BURKO – male – feral pigeon (paried with Tux)
- DAVINA – female – racing pigeon (paired with Button)
- BUTTON – male - feral pigeon (paired with Davina)
- JULES – racing pigeon (single)
- DAVEY – male - feral pigeon (single)
- BIRDIE – female - feral pigeon (single)