The importance of sunlight for racing pigeons

The sun is the source of life on earth and is vitaly important to raising good quality youngsters and the overall health of pigeons.

Here in Australia we are blessed with an abundance of sunlight which is why our livestock production and quality is second to none.

In pigeons sunlight is necessary for:

Warmth Dry floor

Growth/development

health

mating

navigation

future production

Racing pigeons, like any domesticated bird, are solely dependent on humans.

With that in mind we need to provide a safe and comfortable place for them to live with access to sufficient sunlight.

Building an aviary to allow our pigeons to bathe in sunlight and feel rain is a must.

Some of my best memories growing up were seeing nature in its glory.

When rain fell and the morning sunlight filtered through, it created a wonderful rainbow in those most magical colours.

The birds were in their element, whistling and feeding their chirping babies.

At the same time the landscape of colourful flowers and morning dew on green grass glistened in the sunlight, displaying the true wonders of nature.

Racing pigeons are the same – they love and thrive on sunlight.

They are up at the crack of dawn, and you can see them enjoying the morning sun for warmth and taking in the benefits of that health-giving light.

The sun is one of the MOST important things in a bird’s life.

Racing pigeons benefit from the natural sunlight because it provides them with vitamin d3 and exposes them to ultra violet light.

Vitamin D3 is necessary for calcium formation and bone development.

You can see major differences between a bird that is given natural sunlight and one that is not exposed much at all.

A lack of sunlight often leads to uneven growth and retardation.

If we have good pigeons and love our birds its vital that we take care of them properly by giving them access to this wonderful source of life.

Racing pigeons need to have a normal natural cycle of sleep and 12hrs access to sunlight.

Its amazing how youngsters develop during summer compared to winter.

Sometimes you can even miss ringing youngsters due to their enormous growth.

The Australian summer can get very hot and dry – with temperatures sometimes exceeding 45 degrees.

There are pros and cons when it comes to pigeons and extreme heat.

Australian racing pigeons are well adapted to the heat.

Youngsters can thrive in the heat and grow at a fast rate, but they must be kept hydrated

It is important to provide a bath and spray eggs with water to reduce dryness in eggs.

Too much heat can dry up eggs and young squabs may not hatch.

To ensure pigeons survive the heat its vital to change their waters at least twice daily and provide shade areas for all birds

Pigeons will regulate the amount of sunlight they need.

The loft floors are nice and dry during summer minimising germ levels.

Our loft design should allow for controlled sunlight and heat control.

For example installing insulation under corrugated iron roofs to reduce heat and providing a small aviary front for our birds so they can enjoy the sunlight and fresh air and in addition growing trees for shade. 

Sunlight is also important for growing wheat and peas- two of the key grains for racing pigeons.

Here in Australia we have ample supply of good quality grains.

I am a big believer in fresh harvested grain and fresh vegetables as these plants have all the necessary nutrients for our birds.

Like the famous Nicola Tesla said all the energy we need comes from the sun.

Without the sun there would be no life on earth.

We should consume direct food sources from the sun, including fruit and vegetables.

That philosophy should also be applied to our birds – with owners keeping things natural.

The world we live in is in a delicate balance.

Just imagine if there was no algae on earth – would life still exist?

The coming of spring brings about mating season for all life.

What I look for is when my trees blossom – and I know then its time to mate up my pigeons.

The mating process is generally a lot quicker than when the weather is warm and the sun is out.

Within 10 days birds are on eggs and 17 days later eggs hatch.

Our next generation is coming over soon.

I enjoy breeding as it shows me if i’m improving the quality of my birds.

Pigeons will be lively with the sun, and here in Australia with the extra daylight our birds are able to grow faster and develop good bones.

I am sure that the bone structure of our local Australian birds is stronger than birds bred in wintry areas.

Our wonderful pigeons navigate by many means.

Scientists are yet to fully discover the true navigation of our pigeons.

However many experiments have been conducted to prove the importance of the sun and a pigeons homing in relation the sun.

Pigeons are the main birds that home and for that reason they have been kept for food and racing.

History has shown their value and in ancient mesoptonia they were written about because of their homing ability.

The famous biblical story of Noahs ark and a a white pigeon homing back once the rains cleared shows the significance of our pigeons.

During the war our pigeons saved many lives due to their homing ability. More than 500,000 pigeons world wide were bred for world war 2 alone.

These birds are forgotten soldiers but their value will be realised when satellites go down.

Pigeons have great adaptability skills.

We are so fascinated about their homing ability tenacity and determination to come home that racing pigeons is now a popular hobby all around the world.

They are simple creatures and you can find them all around the world in every city.

The sun is one of the tools our pigeons use to navigate.

On a sunny day we always seem to have good returns from training tosses and racing.

So picking your day to train ensures a fair go for our young birds .

We have within Australia some of the best long distance pigeons in the world.

There are not too many birds that can fly over a 1000 miles on just 300grams of weight.

Even the latest technology will find it difficult to match that.

The old timers were very strict in their selection and developed super tough pigeons that are immune to a lot of diseases.

I am sure that China – an epicentre of modern pigeon racing – will realise the quality of our birds in years to come.