Elmo and Georgie,
as well as Richard and I,
wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!
Elmo and Georgie amongst the presents:
Pigeon Rescue: people who can help
Links to various pigeon-friendly organisations, groups, rescue centres, and vets that can help with injured, ill or orphaned pigeons and doves.
The problem of chronic egg laying
Talking about the problem of continuous egg laying in birds (e.g. risks to health) and possible solutions.
Welfare of fancy pigeons
Discussing the genetic welfare problems of some fancy pigeon breeds.
How to tell if a pigeon is male or female
Explaining a bit about sexing pigeons.
The scoop on pigeon poop!
Are pigeon faeces dangerous to humans and can it be used as fertiliser?
Pet pigeons - what we mean
Explaining what we mean when we talk about keeping pigeons as pets. In brief: We mean keeping tame, imprinted or disabled pigeons that would not otherwise survive in the wild.
Feral pigeons and disease – do pigeons carry disease?
Do pigeons pose a threat to the public and your health. The quick answer is: No, they do not. Don’t believe me? Well, read the full article to find out.
Hand-rearing pigeons - right or wrong?
Controversial post on whether it is right to hand-rear a pigeon on its own and therefore potentially cause them to become imprinted on humans.
Why we don’t normally see baby pigeons, their growth rate (photos included) and info on what to do if you find a baby pigeon.
Pigeon Rescue: what to do with injured, ill and orphaned pigeons
Information on what to do, as well as links to various sites about pigeon rescue.
Elmo and Georgie amongst the presents:
Every Christmas we have the same problem. We bring out the tree, the decorations, the lights and the hats and Elmo and Georgie protest – it takes days for Elmo to pluck up the courage to run past the Christmas tree, the twinkling lights annoy Georgie (cue: wing slaps and angry coos), and heavens forbid we dare put on a Santa hat to get into the Christmas spirit!! Elmo HATES them. It’s as if we turn into gremlins when we place them on our heads – Elmo runs a mile, shaking with fear. If we place the hat on the floor Elmo will rush over to kill it.
Last year I attempted to wear one while decorating the tree, jumping about to corny Christmas music and Elmo nearly had a heart attack. So now we can bring out some decorations (but only a few respectable ones) and the Christmas spirit, but we have to make sure we look and behave relatively normal, as if nothing has changed, just another normal day in the calendar year. I guess the neighbours will be glad that we’ve toned down with the amount of lights we put up.
However, I’m seriously thinking that with all this humbug attitude going on I won’t give Elmo and Georgie any special seed presents this Christmas. They certainly haven’t helped so why should I bother?! Maybe the feral flock will be more accepting?
Here’s Elmo, our darling clown boy, attacking the Santa hat:
This blog is mainly about the adventures of our two pigeons, Elmo and Georgie, however we also like to spread the word about other pigeon people, especially charities and organisations that help pigeons around the world.
So, if you are able to be a bit generous this Christmas, why not help out a pigeon-friendly rescue centre/sanctuary or organisation such as the following:
(Where our Dora pigeon lives.)
(We visited them last year: Trip to Norfolk with pigeons)
You can also find the above organisations on Facebook.
I received an early Christmas present from a dear friend that I’d like to share with you:
I’ve taken it to work so that everyone can enjoy seeing such beautiful birds.
Some might say that now is the time to be saving up your pennies and thinking about that very special occasion that is creeping up.
Here are some pigeon presents I found on Etsy you may want to buy a pigeon-loving family member or friend, or ask someone to get for you for, say, Christmas:
The Rain Dancer – Fine art print by VyalaArts
I love New York Pigeon fine art print by DarlingRomea
“If the Facts don’t fit…” pigeon print by mightypigeon
Crown Victoria pigeon photograph by jessicaelysephotos
Hand drawn Pendant illustration of pigeons by mightypigeon
Pigeon Art Pendant by backbonestudio2
Dove Locket Necklace by saylorrose
Keep Calm and Pigeon On T-Shirt by keepcalmstore
Pigeon T-Shirt with Dots by smallgunns
Pigeon hat inspired by Mo Willems best selling children’s books by georgiabeckman
Pigeon Beads by TheCraftyBead
Pigeon cushion cover by Mirthquake
We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas this year. We certainly did. Elmo and Georgie helped decorate the tree by flying up to the top to place the baubles and the star. … Just kidding. Our two pigeons cannot fly that well.
We placed Elmo and Georgie’s presents under the tree and they were certainly intrigued by the shiny packages.
Here’s the boy opening his present:
We thought it was the perfect gift for Elmo because it moves about and is soft so he can preen it (or peck it if he so pleases!). Elmo sure had fun with the yappy puppy!
Georgie received a soft cuddly hedgehog to have in her cage so she can preen it (since she loves to preen fluffy things). Sadly, Georgie doesn’t like the camera so she rarely lets me take any video of her.
After we had all opened our presents and there were boxes, wrapping paper and bubblewrap everywhere, Georgie decided to have another look in case we’d missed anything. She loved the bubblewrap!
We wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Richard received a surprising gift from his Secret Santa at work, and he couldn’t wait to show them to Elmo when he got home. Meet Fergie and Scarlet, the newest members of our pigeon family:
We think they’re awesome – a lovely Christmas present! – however, Elmo wasn’t impressed at all:
Georgie didn’t like the sound they made so she ran away whenever she heard them near her.
We tried again to introduce Scarlet and Fergie to Elmo without him pecking them.
Richard calmed Elmo down and then placed the toys near him in his nest, and Elmo tolerated them while he cooed and twitched to Richard:
We’ve already learnt that Elmo does not like any other pigeons in the home (our attempts with Dora, Minnie, and Button have all been a failure), so we really should stop collecting other pigeons (even inanimate, or in this case, animate ones). But I cannot help myself. Pigeons are simply too adorable.
No, we didn’t have pigeon on the menu! (Many people jokingly suggested it! For shame!) However, we did try to incorporate pigeons and birds in our Christmas decorations. We’ll try to go all out next year, but for now we are happy with the few purchases we made:
I have to admit that yesterdays Christmas card was Photoshopped – because there is no way that we could have orchestrated a peaceful photo shoot with Elmo and Georgie standing together on the Christmas tree. So with a bit of magic, Richard put the following two photos together.
Georgie is still on her fake egg, and she seems happy so I didn’t take it away yet. She didn’t want to celebrate Christmas with us – she is too dedicated to her egg to leave it.
Elmo, on the other hand, got what he wished for: pine nuts and lots of love. We didn’t have to get him anything else – he is one happy pigeon!
Last year Georgie was more interested in Christmas. Here she is sneaking a peak under the tree to see if she’s got any presents:
And I got what I wanted for Christamas: a wonderful pigeon necklace! Thank you hubby!! xxx
I threw out lots of seed and peanuts for the birds in the garden on Christmas Day, and immediately the woodpigeons that roost in the big tree on the other side of the hedge came down to gobble up all the food (with a feral pigeon to join them):
I haven’t been very organised this week (short-staffed at work has made me very tired) so I didn’t get the Christmas posts sorted, so forgive me for the videos – all with a Christmas theme though:
And of course, Two Turtle Doves:
At a Christmas party with my husband. It’s a sit-down dinner with cheesy disco music blaring in the background. Lots of drinks. Maybe some dancing later.
The subject: pigeons. More specifically: Our pet pigeons!
Five minutes into the conversation I realise how crazy we both sound. Richard is showing the people at the table Elmo fast asleep at home as seen from the webcam via Richard’s phone. … We’re proud as new parents, showing off our “babies”.
Somehow I doubt we’ve come across as sane, reasonable people. “Hippie” and “crazy” come to mind.
Oh well. Return home late to a very happy pigeon dancing around our feet and greeting us with enthusiasm. We were only gone for about 4 hours but Elmo’s acting like he hasn’t seen us all day.
We didn’t disturb Georgie. She was fast asleep in her cage.
On another subject, here’s Georgie hard at work:
And now time to rest: