It is not unusual for racing pigeons to come down for a rest, especially during training or racing.
If you wish to do so please provide food: bird seed or crushed cornflakes are suitable – and please ensure water is available in a deep dish. However, please DO NOT feed racing pigeons bread!
Once the racing pigeon has had food and water (a bit like a “pit stop”) it will probably decide to continue its journey home. Indeed if you remove the food and water after a maximum of 48 hours this should encourage it to complete the final leg of its journey home.
If after a few days (or if the pigeon is obviously injured or showing signs of distress) it may be necessary to contain the bird in such a way as not to injure it, so that it cannot fly away (ie cardboard box). In the first instance you will need to check that the pigeon has a ring on its leg. If the pigeon does not have a ring on its leg, it is more likely a wild or feral pigeon rather than a racing pigeon.
Should you find a stray racing pigeon and open its wing, you may find, stamped on one or more feathers, the name and address and/or telephone number of the owner. Alternatively the name and address of the owner may be found on another ring on the pigeon’s leg.
If this is not the case then please follow the instructions below on our stray reporting wizard. (When completing a report, if you supply an e-mail address you will receive an automated message giving the owner’s details.)
N.B. The RPRA keeps records for GB RINGS ONLY – please see this guide for a list of contacts for rings from other organisations/countries.
PLEASE USE THE STRAY REPORTING SYSTEM ONCE YOU HAVE TRIED THE STEPS LISTED ABOVE.