Hello there, I've had a feral pigeon in my aviary for the last month. I found him in town as a baby and brought him home as he was unable to fly at the time. Now he is quite capable of flying and is in great health. My questions are, will it be ok to release him where I originally found him? Will he cope or has he been captive for too long? Could I release him in my garden, which is 3 miles from the town where I found him and would he be able to find his way back there, or, would he be happy to relocate in the countryside where I live? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as he is definitely ready to become free again and also is desperately trying to woo my quails, cockatiels and even the budgies, who aren't exactly impressed by his advances. Thanks if you can help me, Sarah x
I think even if you released the pigeon it would make it's way back to you again. I really think it is too late & it is too tame to release it - it would end up a predator birds meal. You could try it in a smaller cage outside the aviary & for a week or so carry it around the house & yard etc. After certain time you can release it for free flight and it should return - if that's what you want. They tame up really quickly and well. The wild doves around my place get under your feet all the time, they are a nuisance!