It’s official!! Word has got out that we’re running some sort of sanctuary here for blind geese, non-productive peafowl, and clapped out hens!
So, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when a lost racing pigeon turned up here last weekend.
The peahens were somewhat curious about the new interloper, but he stood his ground, and after a brief inspection, they let him be.
According to the interweb, it’s ok to feed a lost pigeon on either pigeon food (yeah, like I always keep a stock of that in just in case this happens!?!), or failing that, poultry grain……. which the newly christened “Walter Pigeon” fairly wolfed down!
We expected him to refuel for an hour or two, before heading off again on his journey home. However, more than a week on, and he’s still here, roosting outside our bathroom window as I write.
I’ve E-mailed the relevant pigeon racing association to see if his owners want him back, but haven’t heard anything yet. Perhaps they don’t want him any more? After all, as a homing pigeon, he’s clearly a failure!
However, he does seem to be fitting in pretty well around here, so despite the piles of guano all over the barn roof, we’re quite happy for him to stay if he wants to. In fact, after the sunset we had tonight, I’m even starting to see the attraction of the place myself!!