January 10, 2017

Pigeons Arrive at My Bedford Farm

A new group of avian friends are now members of my farm's flock.

Last week, we received 20 special pigeons, which were featured in last summer's “Fly by Night” performance in New York City by artist, Duke Riley. Many of the birds were from Duke’s personal flock, and borrowed or rescued from pigeon fanciers in the region - Homers, Tipplers, Tumblers, Highfliers, as well as one of the oldest breeds, the Syrian Damascene, were part of the performing group.

Duke kept most of the pigeons as his pets. Others were returned to their original homes, or placed with experienced bird owners. I am keeping a small number here at the farm. Three of Duke Riley's staff delivered the pigeons and gave my outdoor grounds crew a thorough lesson on their care. Pigeons have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been kept by people worldwide for their companionship, their sport, and their loyal service. Caring for these birds is a nice way to pay tribute to the pigeon, its fascinating history, and to learn all about these intelligent and wonderful creatures. Enjoy the photos.