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Pigeons as Pets has recently teamed up with My Social Petwork, a new social networking site, which is running a survey as part of the site’s launch to find out all about the habits of British pet lovers and their animal friends.

We’ve created our own account after having a look at the site and concluding that it is a fun way to share photos and other info to other animal lovers, particularly to raise the profile of pigeons! The more cute photos of pigeons looking at home with humans the better! :)

I’ve completed the survey and I think it would be great if you did too! :)

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My Social Petwork is a brand new social networking site which aims to bring together pet lovers, communities and businesses from across the UK to make friends and share a mutual love for pets.

Join the first UK-wide pet census by clicking on the link below and filling in the simple survey: http://dotsurvey.me/ec1p287a-53e193e

You can also take part in the ‘petworking’ fun by registering at www.mysocialpetwork.co.uk and creating a profile for your pets. Then all you need to do is start posting pictures of your furry (or not so furry!) friends. Every day the picture and video with the most ‘Loves’ will take pride of place on the ‘Pet of the Day’ homepage.

Check out My Social Petwork on their social media channels for the latest pet news, funny pictures and entertaining videos. 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MySocialPetworkUK

Twitter: @Petworking

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mysocialpetwork/


Some of you may have seen on facebook the photo Georgie Pigeon posted of Elmo having his first experience with bubble bath. I thought that it would be nice to share all the photos of him investigating the bubbles. Enjoy! :)

Disclaimer: No pigeon was harmed in this photoshoot.

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I opened the front door to put out the recycling and Elmo stepped onto the doorstep. It was a very windy day so I was prepared to pick him up if he tried to walk out to the garden. Didn’t want him to become spooked by something blowing in the wind or the wind to excite him into flapping and lift him over the hedge and onto the railway track. Too much of a risk to let him out on a windy day. So I was prepared to stop Elmo from walking any further than the front door, but Elmo simply stood on the doorstep and looked out at the plants blowing in the wind.

He seemed to be enjoying the feel of the crisp wind blowing at him and he started to preen his feathers. I sat down next to Elmo and watched him. He didn’t want to go any further but he did want to feel the wind. As a predominantly non-flying pigeon Elmo hasn’t really had much experience with feeling the wind beneath his wings. Sure, he can flap about and get a bit of lift into the air, but he doesn’t have much stamina and cannot actually fly from point A to point B. When we first got Elmo he used to do somersaults in the air when he tried to fly, loosing control and flipping around, often hiting the floor hard. He soon stopped doing that (thankfully) and we’re no longer worried he’ll hurt himself when flapping about.

We like Elmo to experience the elements, even if it’s for a short period of time. If it snows, we take him out. If it rains we’ll stand in the rain with him for a while. Elmo will often choose when he wants to go back inside and we let him. Of course, sunshine is the favourite of all pigeons, so I try my best to be out in the sun with him when its sunny. But I feel it is important for Elmo to also feel the other elements, and Elmo appears to agree with me. He wanted to feel the wind that day, safe in the doorway of his home, so we did. It was a lovely quiet moment, and I felt really happy watching him enjoy the wind.

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As promised, here’s an update about dear Pidge, the 20 year old feral pigeon who our Dora has bonded to.

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Poorly Pidge

Some of you may have read my last post about my visit to Dora at her home at Folly Wildlife Rescue, but if not, please do so: Visiting Dora

I received an email from the hospital manager about Pidge’s visit to an avian vet who checked him over and concluded that Pidge has arthritis in his ‘elbow’ joint which has fused together, so Pidge is now using his leg as a prop, which would certainly explain why Pidge is unable to stand up properly anymore.

The darling boy will now be living permanently indoors with his mate, Dora, for company. Since Pidge also likes people, he’ll be happy to receive a lot of love from the rescue centre staff and volunteers.

We wish him well and send him all our love!!

Here’s Pidge a few years ago flirting with me:

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Handsome Pidge

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Pidge and Dora and their two babies (on the left)

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Pidge and Dora attack my fingers

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Happy couple!


Remember when I wrote about Elmo stealing Georgie’s igloo nest? (see: Elmo takes revenge).

Well, Georgie reclaimed her nest and Elmo was left feeling bereft. He kept walking up to the place where the igloo nest used to be and he’d stand there looking lost and a bit sad. So I made him a little tent for him to sit under but he wasn’t very impressed with my efforts.

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Elmo in his 'tent'

So you can guess what happened next. … We got Elmo his very own igloo nest and he LOVES it!!

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Elmo in his new nest

When I first placed it down Elmo spread his tail feathers out and started cooing and dancing to the nest, as if he was courting it!! I could tell he was very impressed. :)

So now both pigeons have two nests to choose from each (the guinea pig bed as well as the cat igloo bed) and there shouldn’t be any disputes over property.


I came back from a quick trip to the shops and thankfully it looks like the snow is melting already from the rays of the sun. I cleared a patch of snow in the garden so that I could place some seed on the grass for the feral pigeon flock and they happily came down for a meal. And it seems that Elmo was happy to have a moment out in the snow too:

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With the weather taking a turn for the worst – cold, windy and lots of wet white stuff falling from the sky – Georgie and Elmo have made the wise decision to hunker down for the day in the warmth and safety of our home. Georgie peered out the window this morning to “see” what all the fuss was about and turned round to let me know that she didn’t need to have another experience out in the snow.

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Georgie

So she got fed some pancakes instead! :)

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Pancakes!

Elmo didn’t want any, the silly boy. He decided the floor was comfy enough to nap on:

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Elmo


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First knitted pigeon

I started knitting in 2011 and have been looking for different pigeon patterns to knit model pigeons ever since. I have written about my search on this blog in the past: Knitted pigeons at Pigeons as Pets

Last year I discovered a pattern that filled me with joy and excitement because the pattern was very realistic, and I simply knew that I had to knit more of the pigeons.

After I had posted a photo of the knitted feral pigeon (photo on the right) a lot of people asked me if I could knit one for them, so I quickly contacted the designer to ask if it was all right with her if I sold the pigeons I knitted from her pattern. To my delight she sanctioned my request!! :D

With the amount of interest I received from my knitting we decided to set up a personal website: www.revati.co.uk

So now, here comes the exciting part:

There are some knitted pigeons ready for sale!!!

You can buy them on my website: www.revati.co.uk/store.html

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Knitted pigeons for sale!

Last year a few friends asked me if I could knit a pigeon that looked like a pigeon they cared for, and here are my attempts:

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Lizzie pigeon (left) and his lookalike knitted pigeon (right).

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Hercules with his lookalike (left) and Ice with his lookalike (right).

While it doesn’t take me long to knit the various pieces, it does take time and effort for me to stitch them all together, stuff and to embroider the details on the pigeon. The feet are especially fiddly! Powers of concentration and dexterous fingers are required! :) But once I’m on a roll I’m happy to hunker down on the sofa and knit various pigeons to send around the world to delighted customers!

I hope you all enjoy my work! :D


Living with pigeons is amazing. The love and affection they show us is incredible and I truly believe that every child should grow up with pigeons to care for. You can learn so much from observing them. Pigeons are intelligent, comical, beautiful, loyal, and of course loving. I couldn’t imagine how my childhood would have been if I had been deprived of learning to care for animals or watching pigeons in the city. Animals brighten my day and those short times when I didn’t have a pet, I knew I was missing something special.

Although I never ever thought as a child that I’d end up with pigeons in the house. Dogs, rats, gerbils and guinea-pigs? Yes! But pigeons? Never even crossed my mind. :)

Nowadays you’ll often find me on the sofa with a pigeon by my side. Sorry, with a pigeon on me. Whenever I’m on the sofa Georgie will leap onto my lap, demanding to nestle down. Once settled she is the most content little pigeon in the world, all relaxed, safe and comfy. Elmo will usually be in his nest, twitching his wings and cooing softly to call me over. If I look at him he’ll go into spasms of excitment (i.e. the wing twitching goes up a notch and his coos increase in volume!) as he anticipates my hand coming over to stroke him. What a darling!

Having said all of this, there are days my pigeons drive me mad with their attention-seeking and demands. Take today, for instance. Georgie insists on sitting on my lap for cuddles despite me obviously being busy with my knitting. Georgie grabs hold of the needles and shakes them about, which of course makes it difficult for me to continue. If she’s quick enough she may even pull them out of the knitting, leaving me with open stitches just itching to unravel!! Infuriating… and yet, so cute. Even when I’m screaming in my head, I give Georgie a kiss and a cuddle and tell her how cute she is. Georgie is of course oblivious to my frustration. She simply accepts my affection and settles down for a nap. If I need to get up for any reason, I have to carry her with me.

Elmo is much the same – very needy! He likes to find places to attract me over to (e.g. Georgie’s nest) by cooing loudly and he won’t be quiet unless he falls asleep. … Which he usually does since I think he’s a bit narcoleptic. So I know that any cooing episodes from Elmo will be short-lived. Not so with Georgie. She can coo and coo forever!!

There are some traits in Elmo that make me giggle. When he’s nodding off he’ll usually open one of his eyes slightly to see if I’m still sitting near him. If I give him the smallest, almost imperceptible nod he’ll immedately start twitching and nod his head back. Sweetheart!

The other is that Elmo can be quite fickle. One minute he’ll be attacking my fingers – peck, peck, die, die – then he’ll notice something he likes and run away to court it. Then he’ll give me his “I’m interested in you” coo and start to court my hand. When I hear him cooing in his “I’m interested in you” voice in another room I know he’s found a sock or shoe (or other item on the floor) that’s perked his interest and that he’ll be puffing out his chest and dancing to the inanimate object with gusto.

I love my pigeons!! :D