- Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:25 am
I released 25 of my homing pigeons yesterday morning about 35 miles from the house. Typically, they make it home right away within a few minutes of me being back even with the road being mostly 70mph all the way home.
They didnt come back. At least not right away.
Singles trickled in yesterday and are trickling in today. 9 yesterday and 3 so far today. Something broke up the flock.
The only thing I can think is that the flock flew over some bird hunters who shot into it. I have been out with guys in the past that do this - any pigeon that flies by gets shot at. I always shake my head and leave it be, but going forward I will talk to them and if my words fall of deaf ears I will consider them dead to me. I cant think of anything else that would break up the flock like that - even a bird of prey wouldnt break it up so badly. I cant be certain.
So much effort and time into care and training. I hope at least a few more come back. My falcon training has to be modified now. I have enough to 'make it work', but not enough to fly them how I want to fly them. Game situation has been pretty good thus far this season and if it continues then I am gunna be ok.
Really bummed and feeling pretty sorry for myself.