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My work requires me to apply an analytical mind to day to day tasks, and I must admit analytics facinate me.

Take for example our YouTube account. We opened our YouTube account on 17/06/2010 (thats 17th June 2010 to you folks over the pond), and over the past couple of years we’ve uploaded over 130 videos of pigeon related goodness, some more successful than others.

Our top 10 videos:

# Video Title Views
1 Baby feral pigeon feeding 40,719
2 Pigeons kissing and mating 32,043
3 Pet pigeon (Elmo) cooing and dancing to camera 12,775
4 Pet pigeon (Elmo) in nest with toys 10,535
5 Pet pigeon (Elmo) and the food experiment 8,669
6 Pet pigeon (Georgie) flying in garden with harness on 4,831
7 Pet pigeon (Elmo) very excited: cooing and head-butting 4,021
8 Pigeons in aviary – males coo to female 3,933
9 Courting male pigeon 3,746
10 Baby pigeon begging for food 3,468

Now I think that’s pretty impressive.

SO! Help us out and share our videos, or subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Richard


In our old flat we allowed Dora (when we had her) to fly free. She would spend most of her time either on the bookcase, on the kitchen cabinet tops, or perched on the window (the old sash type).

One lazy Sunday we were watching TV when our intercom went off. On answering, a frantic voice said “Do you know you have a pigeon in your house?!”. I had to assure them she was ours, and was absolutely fine.

I wonder how many people have walked past and thought ‘That poor pigeon’s stuck in that flat’. Poor pigeon indeed!


For awhile now I’ve been wondering if our Elmo would be able to be trained, much like the pigeons in B.F. Skinners videos. So when my darling wife Rev bought me an electronics kit for my birthday I immediatly started planning a device would put this theory to the test.

We’re calling it “Pigeon Treat Dispenser”… ok, I know, we might end up changing the name when we’re feeling a little more creative.

Basically the green LED light will indicate the device is ready to dispense. Once the button is pressed the LED goes out and the dispense process starts. After a programmable period of time the light will go on again ready to dispense.

At first we will have to train Elmo to associate the green LED with a treat, then train him that pecking the button will give him a treat, then we’ll combine the two.

See the video below of the early stages of Pigeon Treat Dispenser! Watch for Elmo’s reaction at the end of the video:

The external stuff you see like the button, LED, and LCD display will all become integrated into the device. The LCD display will become a numeric display.

I was a little worried Elmo would take one look at this great big green box spitting out peanuts and run a mile, but he is quite intruged! :)

More on this when I’ve developed it further.


The myth surrounding pigeons exploding after being fed rice relies upon the ‘fact’ that pigeons can’t pass wind (either end).

I often have Elmo laying on my chest while I watch TV. He’ll be as happy as larry with me stroking him and ‘preening’ him, his beak only millimeters from my nose when I hear a distinct, although very faint, rumble, followed by a pop and then the unmistakeable aroma of peanuts! Thanks Elmo, really.

Now for my next discovery… I wonder if Elmo will eat baked beans? :)


When we moved into our new home back in December 09 we had 2 feral pigeons come down and eat from our ground feeder. This number has grown exponentially (as you can imagine), and whilst we love having well over 42 pigeons coming down 2-3 times daily, we are a little worried about neighbours. The last thing we want is pest control companies coming round while we are away at work.

So we are going to gradually reduce their food in an effort to reduce their numbers. At its peak we would thrown out 4-5 cups of peanuts and 4-5 cups of seed a day (25kgs peanuts and 25kgs seed a month).

It’s heartbreaking, but we’re reducing down to a cup of each in the morning, and a cup of each in the evening too. Many of the pigeons that now visit us are this years young so they need to learn to find food elsewhere. They cannot be totally dependant on us. Hopefully, with the slow food reduction they’ll realise there isn’t enough food for the whole big flock and move on to forage further afield. We will miss them but we really don’t want to create a problem.

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Well, I’ve finally finished the new website design and incorporated it into WordPress. I do hope you all like it.

Firstly, although our site has been tested for Internet Explorer, it has been designed for Firefox, so if you are using Internet Explorer you won’t see a lot of the design elements I’ve included.

Everything you normally look for is where it normally is. Mostly you are after the latest posts which is always on the Home page. If you ever want to go back to the homepage just click the Home link in the top navigation bar.

Georgie, Elmo, Dora, Minnie & Human bios are all in the top navigation bar as well, although we are now known as ‘About Us’.

If you would like to find a post on a specific date, use the pink filter buttons (Calendar, Recent Posts, Categories, Links). Each filter is self evident, click a day in the calendar to go to that date, click a recent post in recent posts… etc.

If you would like to share a blog post, click the share button (above the post title and on the right of the page), which will open a small menu for you to select which social networking site to share with.

If you would like to comment on a post click the ‘write comment’ button at the very bottom of the post itself to take you to the comment form.

I’ve included links to our various social networking sites in case you’d like to follow us on any of them. This is just above the right sidebar.

To search for posts use the search box on the very top of the right sidebar (hit ENTER on your keyboard to search).

I’ve included our Flickr photo library in the right sidebar, any new pictures in Flickr will show up there, click the thumbnail to get a larger view.

Our 2 latest videos from YouTube are also shown. In the coding I’ve merged both mine and Rev’s videos into one list, and the 2 latest are selected from that list.

I hope no-one has any troubles. There are still a few things I’d like to tweek and get right, but that’s a never ending task.

I would love to hear your thoughts on our site (critisism included!). Click the ‘Feedback’ tab on the right hand side of the page to get in touch!


I was sat at work sat behind my desk today with the sun beaming down outside when I decided tonight was BBQ dinner night. We bought a BBQ on sunday, and I want to make the most of it!

Although we would love to have Elmo and Georgie outside with us unfortunately Elmo is scared of pretty much everything, a large metal drum with fire coming out of it would most definately freak him out. I’d prefer it if he wasn’t on the BBQ.

So he sits there by the bedroom window staring at us while we (I) cook. He’s not the only one though. I can feel a few dosen eyes focused on the back of my neck, as I look round I see at least 20 pigeons perched on the neighbouring roof waiting for us to clear the way for them to come for their dinner. After all, it is THEIR garden… right?


Of the many things Elmo enjoys, being fed by daddy is certainly in the top 3. I’ll get the peanut jar out and pick a few of his favourite kind (it has to be a certain size, shape, and ideally without skin) and his little eyes light up like a 4 year old getting a puppy for Christmas. I can hear his screaming “ooo! oooo! ooo!!! Oh yes, feed me feed me! thank you daddy!!!” just by looking in his eyes.

On one such occasion he was particularly excited, gobbling down the peanuts quicker than I could pick them up again, or so I thought… In fact his ability to swallow peanuts faster than my being able to supply them was causing a blockage in his throat, which I didn’t notice initially. After his feeding session I let him settle down in his nest. My wife noticed him with his neck extended and beak open. Then I felt his throat, thick with peanuts, there must have been around 5 clogged in there. A gentle massage released the blockage and he could breath easily again, as could we.

ANOTHER terrifying experience over with!


Welcome to PigeonCam!

We bought an IP camera in order to keep an eye on our precious pets while we are away on holiday. It’s a great bit of hardware and I’d recommend it to anyone. To access our PigeonCam click on the “PigeonCam” icon on the right of our website. It is early days yet with this so please bear with us. Changes may later occur. At the moment you will only be able to view Elmo (who has the run of the bedroom while we are at work).

Pigeon Hiding Places

Elmo can normally be found:

  • On the foot of the bed, near the window
  • On the chest of drawers directly beneath PigeonCam
  • On the covered bedside table
  • By the door (to the right of PigeonCam)

Operating Hours

PigeonCam is normally online between 8:30am and 4:30pm Mon – Fri.

Instructions

The image updates every 1.5s. You can control the camera using the arrows which overlay the stream or the arrow keys on your keyboard.

NB: Please be patient when controlling PigeonCam. The image only refreshes every 1.5s so your control will NOT be immediately evident.


After Georgie laid her first (of the normal 2) egg on Saturday, we managed to capture her laying her second egg on Monday on video! :)