September 7, 2016

A Pigeon Coop Arrives at the Farm

A special delivery has arrived at the farm.

Yesterday, we received a specially designed pigeon loft left over from this summer’s “Fly by Night” performance in New York City by artist, Duke Riley. During “Fly By Night”, nearly two-thousand birds, wearing tiny LED lights, circled above the East River, illuminating the night sky - it was a spectacular show. Many of the birds were from Duke’s personal flock or rescued from pigeon fanciers in the region - Homers and Flights, Rollers and Tumblers, Russian Highfliers, as well as one of the oldest breeds, the Syrian Damascene, were part of the performing group.

Now that the performance is over, Duke is keeping many of the pigeons as his pets. Others will be returned to their original homes, or placed with experienced bird owners. I will keep a small number here at the farm. Pigeons have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been kept by people worldwide for their companionship, their sport, and their loyal service. Helping to home these birds is a nice way to pay tribute to the pigeon and its fascinating history. Enjoy the photos.