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Stray Reporting

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 uncooked rice or lentils are all suitable – please ensure water is available in a deep dish. 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.

one loft Pigeon- GermanyIf 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.

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.

 

Welcome to the RPRA stray pigeon reporting wizard



This step by step guide has been provided to help and inform you on how to deal with your stray racing pigeon.

Is the pigeon alive?

Is the pigeon you would like to report alive?

Is the pigeon contained?

Have you already handled and contained the pigeon in a safe place where it can be given food and water and it cannot freely fly away?

Has the pigeon been around for more than 48 hours?

Usually the pigeon will fly on once it has rested.

Has it been more than 48 hours since you first noticed the pigeon?

Contain the pigeon

Feed and water if necessary and contain the bird.

Before we can deal with a stray pigeon it must be contained.

Because racing pigeons are domesticated birds they will respond better to being handled and nursed than most wild birds, so can easily be caught and contained.

A pet carrier is ideal but the pigeon will be quite safe if contained in a suitably large cardboard box as long as it has sufficient holes to allow in air and light.

Once you have contained the pigeon, retun to this webpage and follow the instructions on how to report a stray pigeon.

Is the pigeon injured or in any danger from predators?

Does the pigeon show any signs of injury or is it likely to be in any danger from predators like cats or dogs?

Feed and water the pigeon

In this case it is best to feed and water the pigeon and give it time to rest naturally, as long as it is not injured and is safe from predators.

Because racing pigeons are domesticated birds they will respond better to being handled and nursed than most wild birds. You can feed the pigeon with corn, dry uncooked rice, lentils, or special pigeon food and importantly provide the pigeon with water.

After a couple of days's rest an uninjured bird will usually recover enough to continue on it's way home.

Please select the prefix on the ring number

Report stray pigeon to the RPRA

Click on the button below to report the stray pigeon to the RPRA.

Please take care to fill in the form as accurately as possible to avoid delays in processing the report.

Once your report has been received we will do our best to contact you within two working days. We do not work over the weekend, so if you report your stray pigeon on a Friday you might not be contacted until the following Tuesday.

We appreciate your patience.

Reporting stray pigeons to the NEHU

The pigeon you are reporting belongs to a member of the North of England Homing Union (NEHU) and as such we do not have the information required to reunite the pigeon with it's owner.

Please contact the NEHU directly using the information provided below and they will be more than happy to help you.

Organisation: NEHU
Phone: 0191 262 5440
Email: nehu@nehu.co.uk
Address: 58, Ennerdale Road, Walker Dene, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 4DG

Reporting stray pigeons to the NWHU

The pigeon you are reporting belongs to a member of the North West Homing Union (NWHU) and as such we do not have the information required to reunite the pigeon with it's owner.

Please contact the NWHU directly using the information provided below and they will be more than happy to help you.

Organisation: NWHU
Phone: 01257 421271
Email: terry.nwhu@talktalk.net
Address: 270 Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington, Wigan, WN6 9RN

Reporting stray pigeons to the SU

The pigeon you are reporting belongs to a member of the Scottish Homing Union (SU) and as such we do not have the information required to reunite the pigeon with it's owner.

Please contact the SU directly using the information provided below and they will be more than happy to help you.

Organisation: Scottish Homing Union
Phone: 01698 768939
Email: enquiries@shuonline.co.uk
Address: 231A Low Waters Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 7QN

Reporting stray pigeons to the WHU

The pigeon you are reporting belongs to a member of the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union (WHU) and as such we do not have the information required to reunite the pigeon with it's owner.

Please contact the WHU directly using the information provided below and they will be more than happy to help you.

Organisation: WHU
Phone: 01443 441010
Email: gail@whpu.co.uk
Address: Old Timothy's Yard, Llanfoist Street, Ton Pentre, Rhondda, CF41 7EE

Reporting stray pigeons to the IHU

The pigeon you are reporting belongs to a member of the Irish Homing Union (IHU) and as such we do not have the information required to reunite the pigeon with it's owner.

Please contact the IHU directly using the information provided below and they will be more than happy to help you.

N Suffix Rings

Name: Mr Hughes
Phone: 02892 583 725
Email: Jameshughes681@btinternet.com
Address: 44 Ashbourn Pk., Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. BT27 4NS

S Suffix Rings

Name: Mr Arthur Furlong
Phone: 00353 858 565581
Email: irishhomingunion@hotmail.com
Address: PO Box 12633, Dublin 12, Ireland

Your Details

Title
First Name:
Last Name:
Phone:
Email
Confirm Email
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
Address Line 3:
Town
Country
Postcode

Pigeon Details

Ring Number: Prefix:
Year:
Code:
Number:
Pigeon Condition:
Contained: Yes
No
Loft Number: (Optional, RPRA Members only)
Comments:

 

 

 

 

 

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