Pigeon Tales

about this Diary

I am the pigeonwriter and this is a diary about our feral pigeon family, Mommy Pigeon – that’s Emma, Daddy Pigeon – that’s Pete, Willi, the hot dog and little Joey.

0413pigeon00051Emma with Willy and Joey – the first breed

In the meanwhile we have Winni, the dark girl and my all times favourite, Jimi, the sweet (boy) and philosopher. I will tell you about our progress and how pigeons care for their babies and what else they are doing.

0702cactus0011Winnie(right) and Jimi – the second breed

It is a very close observation about things that may not be known by anyone. We have a pigeon villa – which is THE NEST – and we have a pigeon city in the meanwhile where Pete and Jimi are sleeping…

0923indpar0025petemmaPete and Emma in pigeoncity

I am going to tell you what’s happening each day (or so) until Willi and Joey can leave the nest and fly away (or not).  And they are still here, coming every day and saying hello and getting their goodies…as well as Winni and Jimi – the second lot…

Would be nice if you say hello often…

update as of 10/27/08 – which is half a year later – they are still here – all of them – healthy and in good shape and having their breakfast feast each morning…

update as of 02/7/09 you would have assumed? Pete and Emma still here and trying to breed a new batch – but I regularly replace the eggs with the plaster eggs – so this is true birth control! This also means that Emma and Pete don’t have more than the 4 kids I allowed them to have. And Willy and Joey and Jimi and Winnie are still coming several times each day to get their sunflower seeds. Willy and Winnie are a couple, Jimi has found a girlfried who is Hillary, Joey is still alone and has no partner. The kiddos don’t have kids on their own yet. I know that Willy and Winnie tried it once – but it did not work.

All of  “our” pigeons are in good shape and very healthy due to the good food. This is the purpose of the whole project – to keep them healthy and avoid illness.

Of course we have a lot of new visitors in the meanwhile too who regularly get their share of seeds. This way the whole flock that is around here is healthy. To my surprise the number of pigeons who roam this area has not really increased. I see only very few new pigeons.  Regarding their reproduction level this is truely amazing. Apparently very few new breeding cycles are really successful.
Emma and Pete continue to defend “their” territory, allow others –  more or less – to get to the food and the water, they use the balcony as a safe playing ground but no-one else is sleeping here!

update as of 06/13/09 you might wonder what pigeoncity is made of and how I cope with the pigeon poop. Well – it’s my morning ritual to clean off all the poop first thing, then pigeoncity which is made of a couple of boxes, is cleaned up – new paper laid in every box and additionally I spray everything with vinegar/water in order to disinfect anything that could be a source for illness. I also clean up broom and spatula with which I clean everything on the balcony. New droppings are removed whenever they occur.

The fun and joy we have with “our” birds is well worth all the work.

We also have a second generation child: Angelo who is Willy’s and Winnie’s little son, their only child so far. He is such a beauty and we recognized him immediately when Willy and Winnie appeared to introduce him to us – yes, they really introduced him and he is now part of the pigeoncity family. Soon you will know the details…

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15 Comments »

  1. absolutely charming!

    Comment by Donald Jenner — May 16, 2008 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  2. HELP,i have a pigeon nesting,i thought it was cool untill a friend told me my home will get infested with blood sucking mites. now my husband wants to throw it out the nest and block the hole?

    Comment by nicky — June 4, 2008 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  3. Hi nicky,
    sorry for not answering earlier.
    Your friend is wrong. These are all fairy tales and simply not true. Unless your friend hates animals in general I recommend getting informed instead of distributing such nonsense.
    I can tell you that pigeons are extremely interesting birds with very expressive and different personalities. The family I am describing in this blog is still living with us – now we have June. Wild birds who choose us as their family. Very interesting to watch what they do and how they behave among themselves. Each night they come here to sleep all four of them. And each night they quarrel a bit about the best places. Very funny sometimes and very sweet when they behave like real lovers.
    I would not want to miss this opportunity for anything in the world.

    Comment by pigeonwriter — June 7, 2008 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  4. This is sooo cute! I love your pigeon diary.

    Comment by Janet T — February 27, 2009 @ 2:04 am | Reply

  5. Hi Janet – this makes me happy. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Comment by pigeonwriter — February 27, 2009 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  6. Hello,
    Your pictures have been very helpful for me, as I found a baby pigeon in the grass at the park yesterday… a long fall from a PALM TREE.
    He appears to be between 4 days – 1 week old.
    He is fiesty!!! no apparent wounds on the outside.
    Being a Sunday and a small town .. I didnt have many choices to feed him, I started with soaked dog food and got a few bites in him. Later I was told to use Oats, corn meal dry by the mouthful and then wash it down with water. So far he(she) is eating. I am having to help open its beak by holding the sides. I will be going to the pet store in a couple hours to pick up some baby bird formula. I am keeping him(her) snuggled up in a cloth towel for now, with a hot water bottle. Any help on how to give this little one the best chance at survival is much appreciated!!! Thanks again, Love ‘your’ family!

    Comment by RENEA O — August 3, 2009 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

    • Hi Renea O,
      I have forwarded your emergency call to the “Pigeon Talk” forum. I hope you will be contacted soon – if not – please let me know!

      Comment by pigeonwriter — August 3, 2009 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  7. I see myself while I read your stories. For more than three years I have pigeons on my balcony. They do not want to be there and the balcony is closed so they are sort of captured there but I shall tell you why. I take ill birds from the town (I live in Wesrern Romania) and I try to cure them. In many casesc I can. I learned a lot about their illnesses, I have all the pills that can help, I have some good doctors that are my collaborators and in this moment I have 31 pigeons. The ones that are still ill are inside, in quarantine spaces made for them. When they become better, they go on the balcony and, if they can go back in town, I go with them into a square with pigeons. The others stay on the balcony. For example, there is there one without a wing, one without an eye and so on. The one without the wing (it was cut, after a homeless jumped on the bird, smashed the wing and we had one unsuccesful surgery trying to fix the problem) got himself a wife and now they are the sweetest couple of birds that I know! I see them how they communicate, how they interact with the others and even with their own little ones, when they are little and also when they grow up. It is just great to be able to help them and have them around! Ramona

    Comment by Ramona — November 15, 2009 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

    • Ramona, thank you very much for sharing your own story. It is wonderful to hear that there are people out there who really care. Do you write down your experiences with your pigeons – f.e. how you cured them? I think there are a lot of people who don’t dare to do something out of lack of knowledge.
      I would like to invite you to join the Pij’n Angels, a forum with wonderful and very nice people who dearly care about pigeons and help whenever they can. We have a wonderful network working there from all over the world! The link is
      http://pij-n-angels.forumotion.net/

      Would be wonderful to see you there! Hugs, Petra

      Comment by pigeonwriter — November 15, 2009 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  8. 😀

    Here in Mexico City we can see a lot of pigeons. But I had never seen baby pigeons!!

    Great Blog.

    Comment by Pimi_Petty — June 19, 2010 @ 5:41 am | Reply

  9. I see myself while I read your stories. For more than three years I have pigeons on my balcony. They do not want to be there and the balcony is closed so they are sort of captured there but I shall tell you why. I take ill birds from the town (I live in Wesrern Romania) and I try to cure them. In many casesc I can. I learned a lot about their illnesses, I have all the pills that can help, I have some good doctors that are my collaborators and in this moment I have 31 pigeons. The ones that are still ill are inside, in quarantine spaces made for them. When they become better, they go on the balcony and, if they can go back in town, I go with them into a square with pigeons. The others stay on the balcony. For example, there is there one without a wing, one without an eye and so on. The one without the wing (it was cut, after a homeless jumped on the bird, smashed the wing and we had one unsuccesful surgery trying to fix the problem) got himself a wife and now they are the sweetest couple of birds that I know! I see them how they communicate, how they interact with the others and even with their own little ones, when they are little and also when they grow up. It is just great to be able to help them and have them around! Ramona
    +1

    Comment by Augmentation breast diego san — June 24, 2010 @ 3:21 am | Reply

  10. I love your blog! More than 1 year ago, I found a pigeon with cat injuries. We took it in with the thought of releasing it after his leg, wingpit and eye infection cured. But it turned out the pigeon will be left a bit impaired as one wing can not be used properly. So the pigeon became our pet, lives with us and regularly lays eggs on which she sits.

    Mostly because of her, we started feeding the feral pigeons around on the balcony. Now I know most of them. The problem is that they make such a mess… It’s unbelievable. So I am interested in more pictures of your pigeoncity.

    And keep up the good work with the blog!

    Comment by stefi — March 16, 2011 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

    • Hi Stefi, thanks for your visit. Pigeons can change one’s life – can’t they? Feel very sad for your bird that it cannot fly any more but on the other hand you have saved her! Cat’s bites often are lethal because of the transferred basteria.
      Btw- I am cleaning my balcony several times the day – otherwise we would wade kneedeep in poop probably – lol!

      Comment by pigeonwriter — March 28, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  11. Do you have a Fb account? I would like to be in touch with you. I have an account on my name, actually Ramona Băluţescu, but it should be ok to type Balutescu, I think. All the best, R.

    Comment by Ramona Balutescu — March 29, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply


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