Pigeon Fancy: Talking the Talk

This practice of pigeon fancy is generally called “pigeon racing” in North America and “pigeon play” in Europe. The principles of pigeon fancy are intricate and there are a variety of vocabulary terms that seem quite mysterious. There is also a history of resistance to veterinary involvement among many pigeon breeders so it can be intimidating for even experienced avian veterinarians to interact with the pigeon fancier . . .

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Further reading

Walker C. The Flying Vet’s Pigeon Health Management: A Veterinary Guide to Health Control, Medication Use and the Development of Race Fitness for the Competitive Fancier. Knox Veterinary Clinic; 2000.

Levi WM. The Pigeon. Wendell Levi Publishing Company; 1941.

Levi WM. Encyclopedia of Pigeon Breeds; 1965.

Stam JWE. Pigeon Racing Today & Tomorrow, 35 Years in the Practice: Knowledge, Experience, Realizations and Opinions of a Veterinary Pigeon Enthusiast. Continental Breeding Station; 1994.

To cite this page:

Pollock C. Pigeon fancy: Talking the talk. September 25, 2014. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/pigeon-fancy-talking-talk/