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February 9th, 2020, 7:58 pm

I think this is one of the most important tasks of racing pigeons, I do like a nice calm loft 365 days a year. I think it helps birds going through different stages of the year. Keeping stress levels down for the birds to enjoy their home. I also like to work on a time scale so the birds know the routine, I try to manage this from the first entry into the loft of a morning and then through the day when lofts are closed.
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February 9th, 2020, 8:03 pm

I quite agree Devo, nothing worse than going into a loft full of scatty pigeons.
Most of ours are generally pretty calm with the odd one that's not keen on being picked up but plenty that will happily sit on my back or shoulders, not sure I could take them in the house like that though πŸ˜‰πŸ€ 
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February 9th, 2020, 8:15 pm

trench wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:03 pm
I quite agree Devo, nothing worse than going into a loft full of scatty pigeons.
Most of ours are generally pretty calm with the odd one that's not keen on being picked up but plenty that will happily sit on my back or shoulders, not sure I could take them in the house like that though πŸ˜‰πŸ€ 
What I have found trench, My Harry of Jan Hooyman and my Rudy lines of Gaby Vandenabeele. These are much at ease with daily contact, The Van Den Bulcks have come around to it now but they were only brought in over the last 6 months. And also it was a large batch of them. They have calmed down and made the home theirs.
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February 9th, 2020, 8:56 pm

i guess it is a lot harder to tame an older bird rather than a very young one, any tips?
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February 9th, 2020, 9:00 pm

Great to see you on here again mate. I could see the interaction you had with your birds and the response you got from them on the couple of occasions that me and Roxanna have visited you.
I love having the birds nice and tame.
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February 9th, 2020, 9:03 pm

paul1 wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:56 pm
i guess it is a lot harder to tame an older bird rather than a very young one, any tips?
Just keep calm around them, no fast movements and a few peanuts. They won’t take them to start with but if you put the odd ones down when they are hungry they will soon get a taste for them.
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February 9th, 2020, 9:18 pm

Quite right, Devo, having a peaceful loft with quiet birds is very important.

Most of mine are not really tame, just quiet. I can pick up most of them without any trouble, but they don't really like it. A few of them are very tame.

I also agree with Devo, a routine is vital. They understand that, and respond to it. Part of a routine is setting times when you leave them alone.

I work 8 hours a day, so they are undisturbed all day during the week. Even at the weekend, unless I have chores to do like yesterday, I stay away from them and don't disturb them.
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February 9th, 2020, 9:22 pm

devo56 wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:15 pm
trench wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:03 pm
I quite agree Devo, nothing worse than going into a loft full of scatty pigeons.
Most of ours are generally pretty calm with the odd one that's not keen on being picked up but plenty that will happily sit on my back or shoulders, not sure I could take them in the house like that though πŸ˜‰πŸ€ 
What I have found trench, My Harry of Jan Hooyman and my Rudy lines of Gaby Vandenabeele. These are much at ease with daily contact, The Van Den Bulcks have come around to it now but they were only brought in over the last 6 months. And also it was a large batch of them. They have calmed down and made the home theirs.
The rudy hen i av of yours dev is pretty tame
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February 9th, 2020, 9:31 pm

Potter29 wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 9:22 pm
devo56 wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:15 pm
trench wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:03 pm
I quite agree Devo, nothing worse than going into a loft full of scatty pigeons.
Most of ours are generally pretty calm with the odd one that's not keen on being picked up but plenty that will happily sit on my back or shoulders, not sure I could take them in the house like that though πŸ˜‰πŸ€ 
What I have found trench, My Harry of Jan Hooyman and my Rudy lines of Gaby Vandenabeele. These are much at ease with daily contact, The Van Den Bulcks have come around to it now but they were only brought in over the last 6 months. And also it was a large batch of them. They have calmed down and made the home theirs.
The rudy hen i av of yours dev is pretty tame
The whole family are the same way. just love being involved of being loved.
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February 9th, 2020, 9:33 pm

paul1 wrote: ↑
February 9th, 2020, 8:56 pm
i guess it is a lot harder to tame an older bird rather than a very young one, any tips?
Make them come to you and sit and observe others, while doing so they soon get a understanding of trust, it maybe something they have not had before.
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