Fly into the World of Domestic Pigeon Husbandry

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What is the practice of breeding pigeons called?

How long has pigeon husbandry been practiced for?

What is the common ancestor of domesticated pigeons?

What are fancy pigeons bred for?

What is the term for the houses of pigeons?

What is the name of the condition that pigeon fanciers may develop?

What are utility pigeons bred for?

What is the term for the competitions where fancy pigeons are judged?

What is the current popularity of pigeon breeding in the US?


Animal Husbandry of Domestic Pigeons:

  • Pigeon husbandry has been practiced for 5,000 years in almost every part of the world.
  • Pigeon fanciers are people who breed pigeons and the hobby is gaining popularity in the US.
  • There are hundreds of breeds of domesticated pigeons arising from the common ancestor, rock dove.
  • There are three major recognized groups of breeds of domesticated pigeons in the US and the UK.
  • Pigeon fanciers in other nations use different schemes in grouping domesticated pigeons.
  • Flying/sporting pigeons are kept and bred for their aerial performance and for reproduction.
  • Fancy pigeons are bred for perpetuating particular features and compete against each other at exhibitions or pigeon shows.
  • Utility pigeons are bred for meat and as replacement breeding stock and their meat is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world.
  • Houses for pigeons are generally called lofts and there are as many different kinds of enclosures used to house pigeons as there are pigeon fanciers.
  • Keeping pigeons has been found to lead to a condition called Pigeon Fancier's Lung in some fanciers.
  • Pigeon keeping has been portrayed in films, art, and television shows.
  • Pigeons were seen as a cheap source of good meat in the past.


Test your knowledge on the fascinating world of domestic pigeon husbandry with this quiz! From the history of pigeon breeding to the different breeds and their uses, this quiz covers it all. Whether you're a seasoned pigeon fancier or just curious about these feathered friends, this quiz is sure to challenge and educate you. So spread your wings and take flight into the world of domestic pigeon husbandry!

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