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bigger than Texas

Postby MrQuail » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:28 pm

I've been looking for some of the big meat breed pigeons in NZ for ages, they are as rare as hen's teeth here, but I have some at last and they are ready for their closeups
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the bird at top is one of the breeds I got, a Swiss Mondaine, and the bird below is a white racing homer, it is actually a big bird itself as pigeons go, considerably bigger than a garden fantail or a street pigeon

the other breed, a White King. I had heard these were extinct in NZ but no a very few remain and are very precious
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I was trying to get a photo of the whole bird but she was curious

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some more Mondaines with pretty plumage

They are such lovely natured birds, really laid back. And BIG! About 1kg each!
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby rose » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:51 pm

They look great - and so curious and alert.
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby Heir » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:50 pm

Will you be supplying squab? Or are these just for pets?? :D
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby MrQuail » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:00 pm

a little from column a, a little from column b
these ones are all safe, they're too old - anything that can fly is as tough as old boots
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby judith01 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:41 pm

i got some a few years ago, they were huge, big meat birds, but every slow and cat got one or two, the ones i got were white and bigger than ones in photos. got them from the bird barn in Henderson.
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby Heir » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:14 pm

Second photo down is awesome. Competition entrant me thinks ;)
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby MrQuail » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:45 pm

It was her idea, the little minx came in for a good look at me
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby CountryGirlNZ » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:52 pm

I'm loving your birds!! I find pigeons so pretty and attractive - and your photos make them look even more spectacular! It's great you are keeping the rarer breeds.
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby MrQuail » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:05 pm

They're fantastic birds, I'd recommend them to anyone. Don't tell anyone, but they're less trouble than chookens....
I should mention the bird in the bottom of the top photo is not a meat bird, he's a racer. He's actually a big fella himself, I should have tried to get a little fantail or someone to pose then you could see how big these guys are. I weighed a few of the newbies and they are between 500k-1kg, the lightest being hens that are not yet fully grown. Most are 800g-1kg. Surprised Judith had problems with cats if hers were much like these, as they are relatively good fliers, not like the racers but they can take care of themselves. I've not lost a bird that can fly to cats round here although if they get into the loft the squabs are history. Maybe the local cats are just wimps!
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby themadaussie » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:58 am

Hi there

I dont suppose you know of anyone around Christchurch selling such beauties? I used to have a breed called a Runt while living in Australia. Big, bold and beautiful. They would take on a chook if it got in the way! Im having alot of trouble finding big breeds over here so if you know of anyone.......?

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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby wolga » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:15 am

You should go to some of the poultry shows in your area and ask some of the pigeon breeders.
Have a look at the link. At the bottom you will find a list of pigeon breeds we have here in NZ.

http://www.nzpoultryassociationsinc.co.nz/breeds.html
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby Marina » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:42 am

Hi madaussie and welcome to PC.

Yes, we have two breeders of large pigeons near Christchurch. If you pm me I'll pass on contact details.
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby themadaussie » Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:52 am

thanks, will do. I went to a show in Christchurch and saw a few big breeds but wasn't sure if it would be considered rude asking about buying birds while there.
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Re: bigger than Texas

Postby Marina » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:24 pm

No, it's not rude to ask about buying birds. Just don't expect anyone to sell you the birds from the show pen.
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