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Stray Reporting

Racing pigeons sometimes come down to the ground for a rest while racing or training. They can be identified by numbered rings on their legs.

If you wish to provide food and water for the bird, please use bird seed or crushed cornflakes, and some water in a deep dish. Please DO NOT GIVE BREAD to a racing pigeon.

Once the racing pigeon has been fed and watered, a bit like a ‘pit-stop’, it usually continues its journey home. Please remove the source of any food after a maximum of 48 hours or when it starts to fly, after which it can find its own food and water. A racing pigeon may continue to stay in the same location for 7-10 days, roosting on roofs or in trees.

one loft Pigeon- GermanyA pigeon will not complete the last part of its homeward journey if food is readily available via bird tables and feeders – so it’s best to clear the decks!

After two days (or if the pigeon is injured or showing signs of distress) it may be necessary to contain the bird in a cardboard box or small animal carrier to protect it from other predators. This will prevent any further injury to the bird and prevent it flying away.

• Capture the bird by approaching slowly and throwing a large towel over it, and gently pick it up.
• Check to see if the pigeon has a ring number on its leg and make a note of the ring number, e.g. GB16A12345. If there are no leg rings it’s probably a wild or feral pigeon. NB – due to a manufacturing error, GB17N and GB17Z rings have six subsequent numbers, rather than the usual five. For reporting purposes please ignore the first 0, e.g. GB17Z012345 should read GB17Z12345.
• Look for the owner’s contact details – gently open each wing and look for an ink stamp on the topside of the wing, or on a telephone number on a separate leg ring. Place the racing pigeon into a suitable container, box or carrier. Please contact the owner who will make arrangements with you regarding the bird and getting it back home.
• Alternatively, report the stray bird to us online below or by calling us on 01452 713529. If you give an e-mail address you will receive an automated e-mail reply giving the owners contact details.

Please note: The RPRA keeps records for GB RINGS ONLY. Please see this guide for a list of contacts for rings from other organisations/countries.

Data Protection – Any personal data given by you will only be used in relation to this report and will not be given to any third parties.

On behalf of the RPRA, thank you for your concern and care of the bird.

PLEASE USE THE STRAY REPORTING SYSTEM BELOW 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.

Thank you for your assistance. We appreciate your concern for the welfare of the bird.

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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Address: 44 Ashbourn Pk., Lambeg, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. BT27 4NS

S Suffix Rings

Name: Mr Brendan McLoughlin
Phone: 07912 261575 or 00353 858 565581
Email: [email protected]
Address: PO Box 12633, Dublin 12, Ireland

Your Details

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Last Name:
Phone:
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DATA PROTECTION: Any details given above will only be used in relation to this report and will not be given to any third parties.


Pigeon Details

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