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I seem to find it difficult to write about only one of my lovely animals at a time. I have to include all three, especially when they spend their evenings snuggled up to us and keep us occupied with their shenanigans. The sofa subject is a cause of friction since both Hugo and Elmo think that Richard’s lap is their spot. This photo was taken on one of those rare occasions when Elmo tolerated Hugo’s close proximity (he usually launches an attack of pecks and wing slaps):

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Elmo (left) and Hugo (right).

Georgie doesn’t have this problem. She only has to share my lap with my knitting, which is more of a problem for me since she will grab the needles and give them a shake whilst I try to knit.

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I seem to remember a time when I only had to worry about keeping two animals on the sofa apart to avoid a fight (read: A complicated relationship), now I have a cat to think about too! Sometimes Hugo is hesitant to jump on the sofa when Elmo and Georgie are on it, and he’ll give me this thoroughly fed up look:

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But when he finds himself on a pigeon-free sofa (at last!), Hugo can relax!

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After looking at some wonderful photos and videos of multi-species households online, I thought about our own multi-species family. We never meant to adopt pigeons – it just kind of happened – and we certainly never thought we’d adopt a cat (pigeons + cats = chaos?). … Well, in this case, the cat adopted us first. (Click on ‘Hugo the cat‘ for his story.)

Can different species live in harmony? Certainly. Even predator and prey species can co-exist without the expected kill. It is, however, never ideal to deliberately put predator and prey species together. Often though, like in our case, the animals themselves reveal their nature and show that living without killing is possible, and a multi-species household is created.

We were very careful when Hugo the cat first came into our lives. It was a while before we introduced Elmo and Georgie to him. If Hugo had shown any sign of predatory interest in our pigeons he wouldn’t have been allowed back in. But Hugo in fact showed us the opposite. He was afraid!

What makes a cat afraid of a pigeon? I’ve seen Hugo stalk and kill a bug, but he wouldn’t dare try that with our pigeons. He’s curious and will come over to sniff them, and sometimes he wants to play with them, but he’s never stalked Georgie or Elmo. If Hugo is too interested in Elmo, Elmo will try to peck him to tell him to back off, and Hugo will run away.

Georgie tolerates Hugo more than Elmo does. Here she is standing on him for no apparent reason:

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And here’s Elmo coming back into the living room with Hugo waiting for him to pass so he can go into the kitchen. Such manners! :)

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As always, I tried to take video of my pigeons and Hugo together, but they were camera shy. I shall keep trying. :)


Happy New Year!

2014 is going to be a fantastic year – I can feel it. :)

And what better way to spend the beginning of the new year than to take photos of your beloved animals. … Or attempt to, as is the case with me and my lovely pigeons. I don’t think I’ve managed to take a single clear, crisp photo of Elmo and Georgie. The light has either been too dim or they’ve moved or my camera pretends to be something other than a camera when I try to take a photo (I think it secretly wants to be a radio).

I was so hoping to show you some wonderful photos of my darling pigeons, but instead you shall gaze lovingly at the blurry shots of Elmo and Georgie. I know that you know they are wonderful pigeons with big personalities, but I would like to portray this through the medium of photography. I must try harder. And also to cure Georgie of her hatred of flashing lights (always a detriment when taking flash photography). And Elmo is so vain that as soon as he sees the camera he has to move about and dance to it. … I know what you’re thinking, “Excuses, excuses.” :)

So after all that, here are the first photos of Georgie and Elmo in 2014:

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Here at Pigeons as Pets headquarters, we’re all getting into the Christmas spirit:

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Georgie playing with the tinsel:

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Hugo takes a nap after wrapping up some presents:

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Elmo thinks the Santa hat is very comfortable:

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I love to knit, and after discovering a pattern for knitted pigeons, I love to knit pigeons! :D

With the permission of the pattern designer, I knit and sell the knitted pigeons on my website: www.revati.co.uk

I update my facebook page with announcements of when the pigeons are ready for sale: www.facebook.com/revati.co.uk

A while ago I knitted a prototype of a likeness of my pet pigeon, Elmo, to give to Elmo’s previous carer as a present. I’m thinking of knitting more “Elmo” pigeons to sell. I know that he has lots of fans around the world. :)

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We have a new pigeon member in the household. Please give Funky Pigeon a warm welcome! :)

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I’m not sure Elmo is impressed with this new addition.

Elmo has a long history of attacking any soft toy that we try to pair him up with. I guess Elmo really does only have eyes for his human mate, Richard. :D

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We wish our darling, funny boy a very happy hatchday! Elmo is now 13 years old! :)

HAPPY HATCHDAY, ELMO DEAR!

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Elmo enjoyed his birthday treats (with Georgie trying to join in) and had some exercise in the garden. He loves it out there! :)

For those of you who are not familiar with Elmo’s story, please read the following short bio:

Elmo is a feral pigeon and hatched in 2000. He was found as a baby with paramyxovirosis which he recovered from but was left with permanent damage (such as balance problems and inability to fly properly). He was living indoors with a lady and became imprinted on humans, craving their attention.

In 2008 Elmo was brought to a wildlife rescue centre for rehoming after his owner was unable to continue to look after him.

Due to his unique nature Elmo had to be rehomed to a household that could give him the attention and care he needed, since Elmo doesn’t like other pigeons at all and wouldn’t be happy in an aviary. The staff at the rescue centre knew that since we already had an indoor pigeon, we most likely wouldn’t mind having another one, so when they asked us if we could adopt Elmo it didn’t take us long to say yes!

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I believe it is officially Autumn when Georgie and Elmo enjoy a blustery time out with the fallen leaves.

They are so cute! :)

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Elmo pecking at the moss.

 


I think Elmo’s bad behaviour has rubbed off onto Georgie. Look what she’s doing:

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Georgie bathing in the cat’s water bowl.

Poor Hugo cat doesn’t know where to go when the pigeons are having a bath in his water bowl!! :D

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Elmo bathing in the cat’s water bowl.

Richard and I went for a walk in Jesmond Dene park and had a look at the animals in Pet’s Corner. We were amused to see some Geordie woodpigeons stuffing their crops on the free food! The ducks were fast asleep nearby. They didn’t seem bothered by the theft. :)

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We’ve been living in Newcastle upon Tyne for a month now and all is going well. Here’s Elmo and Georgie’s new set up in the living room.

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Georgie’s cage.

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Elmo’s cornered off area.

As you can see, Elmo has a covered section with his igloo bed, food, water, and mineral pick pots. He loves to sleep half under the sofa, so we have to cover the floor under there too. At night, and when we’re not home, the little fence is closed so he cannot get into mischief. Since Georgie cannot see very well she feels secure in her cage at night, where she knows exactly where her food and water are.

As well as enjoying a bath in our cat’s, Hugo’s, water bowl, Elmo also likes to drink from it – ignoring the one in his area if he’s got the choice. He’ll walk into the kitchen from the living room with the sole purpose of drinking from the cat’s water dish. Every day Elmo surprises me with his behaviour and choices. :)

More photos of our family in their new home:

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Georgie impersonating a rock pigeon!

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Where’s her head?! :) Georgie preening.

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Elmo looking so handsome!

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Pretty Georgie.

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Hugo tentatively exploring the garden.