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Why did I get pigeons?

Are you feeling picked on? You’re not alone. Millions of people across the world have pigeons living at their homes or businesses. Some people actually invite the pigeons to their property. They feed them and encourage them to live at their place right along beside. Most people however, don’t want the pigeons to live on their home or business. So why did the pigeons come in the first place?

There are several reasons why pigeons choose a building or home to live on. The bottom line is over time, pigeons get overcrowded where they were born and look for the next closest place to build a nest. There in the new nest they have babies who don't return to the nest their parents were born in, but live their entire lives and build their nests at the new place. Left alone they will live their entire lives there where they were born, even if they are forced by overcrowding to pick a new spot for their future babies. They will nest but go hang out back at the location they were born. So you were the next best place to nest. Due to overcrowding you now have pigeons at your place. Congratulations!

So.... Pigeons normally will live their entire life on the same building. This is why we call pigeons homing pigeons. So how long does a pigeon live? How long will they be on my house or business? According to the pigeon control resource center website: “Life Expectancy: Varies greatly from 3-5 years through to 15 years dependent on many factors, including natural predation and human interference. Predation: The wild pigeon is predated upon, almost exclusively, by the peregrine falcon, a bird that is also found living and breeding in coastal regions.”

Not to get distracted about the subject, but where I live in Arizona, in my experience pigeons are eaten by many birds and not just the Peregrine Falcon. Other birds, such as Redtailed Hawks, Owls, and Harris hawks all eat Pigeons. Other predators, such as cats also eat pigeons. I once saw a pig eat a pigeon, but that's a story for another blog.

Watch this video I recently took of a Peregrine Falcon eating a pigeon near a home I was looking at with a pigeon problem.

OK, Back to why you have pigeons at your place. A pigeon nest always has either two eggs, two babies, or two juveniles in the nest. A pigeon goes from hatching to flying in three months. If you do the math right that equals eight pigeons born from each mating pair every year (at least here in Arizona where the weather is good). Pigeons quickly find a mate. Once they find a mate they build a nest and mate for life. Pigeons are monogamous. Normally multiple pigeons will live out of the same nest if there’s room. If there’s no room a pair of pigeons will look for the next closest place to nest. If there’s no room to nest at the current structure they are living on, they will find a nest area at the next closest structure. The pigeons will still return to the spot they were born every day. Hence the homing pigeon. Even after the pigeon builds a nest add a new structure it will still return to the place it was born every day.

So the pigeons chose your home or business to build their new nest because they were overcrowded at a nearby structure. Those pigeons still return and visit their nest every day at the nearby structure. The babies that are born in the new nest however, those guys don’t go back to their parents noticed they stay in their home you’re building,your home.

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