The Art & passion ofPigeon Fanciers

November 25, 2023
The Art & passion ofPigeon Fanciers

Adnan Latif

Pigeons are fascinating to watch.Pigeons are incredibly intelligent animals. They are one of only a small number of species to pass the ‘mirror test’ – a test of self recognition. They can also recognise each letter of the human alphabet, differentiate between photographs, and even distinguish different humans. Moreover Pigeons have held historical importance to humans as food, pets, holy animals, and messengers. Due to their homing ability, pigeons have been used to deliver messages, including during the world wars. During both the First and Second World War, carrier pigeons were used to transport messages back to their home coop behind the lines.


The earliest known pigeon is Gerandia calcaria from the early Miocene of France (about 23 million years ago), although the suborder probably arose in the Australasian region, where the greatest variety of modern columbiforms is found.
If you are in love with these amazing birds.You can also raise and take care of them in your leisure time.Moreover they also have economical benefits like the meat of baby pigeon (squab) is very tasty, nutritious and restorative. Squabs also have huge demand and price in the market. On the other hand pigeon farming can be a great source of some extra income and entertainment.
Pigeons are mans oldest domesticated bird,Also they are very important link of a food chain.If all the pigeons extinct , a lot of hawks would probably go hungry. There are probably other animals that prey on their chicks such as peregrine falcons,


eagles too.
Pigeons have become so numerous in cities because we humans have been breeding and feeding them for so long.The young are fed by both parents and fledge at about six weeks old, often with the next clutch in the nest before this occurs. Adults may live up to 15 years with birds in captivity often reaching over 30 years, although a more realistic life span in feral populations is around four years.
Pegion fanciers are found all over the globe and Kashmir is no exception.Their are numerous number of pigeon fanciers in valley who are in absolute love with these birds.One of them is Bilal Ahmed.
In the heart of Chanapora resides Bilal Ahmed, a devoted pigeon fancier who has passionately nurtured his feathered companions for the past decade. Inspired by seasoned pigeon fanciers in his locality, Bilal found solace and purpose in the fascinating world of pigeons. At the age of 40 to 50, Bilal’s commitment to pigeon fanciering has grown into a heartfelt journey.


Bilal’s fondness for pigeons extends to a particular breed – the charming Teddy Pigeon. These birds, known for their distinctive appearance and gentle temperament, have captured Bilal’s heart with their unique charm. His collection of Teddy Pigeons showcases the diversity within this beloved breed, reflecting his dedication to the art of pigeon fanciering.
Beyond mere admiration, Bilal actively engages in local pigeon racing, adding an element of excitement and competition to his avian passion. Pigeon racing not only fosters a sense of community among fanciers but also elevates the artistry of caring for these birds.


One of Bilal’s key practices in ensuring the well-being of his pigeons is a carefully planned feeding routine. He diligently feeds his pigeons two to three times a day, recognizing the importance of a balanced diet for their health and vitality. Corn stands out as the primary source of nutrition, providing essential nutrients that contribute to the overall well-being of his feathered friends.
As the winter months approach, Bilal’s commitment to his pigeons remains unwavering. He meticulously ensures that they are housed comfortably, implementing heating arrangements to shield them from the cold. This extra care during colder seasons reflects Bilal’s understanding of the specific needs of his pigeons and exemplifies his responsible approach to pigeon fanciering.


When asked about advice for newcomers or younger enthusiasts entering the world of pigeon fanciering, Bilal emphasizes the importance of starting small. He suggests that beginners should initially limit the number of pigeons they care for, allowing them to grasp the nuances of pigeon husbandry gradually. This measured approach ensures that newcomers can provide adequate attention and care to each bird, fostering a strong foundation for a fulfilling pigeon fanciering experience.


Bilal Ahmed’s journey as a pigeon fancier in Chanapora serves as an inspiring testament to the enduring allure of this age-old hobby. Through his dedication, love for the Teddy Pigeon breed, and active participation in local racing, Bilal has carved a niche for himself in the vibrant community of pigeon fanciers. His advice to newcomers echoes the sentiment that, like any art form, pigeon fanciering thrives best when approached with patience, care, and a genuine passion for these remarkable birds.

Adnan Latif
bhatadnan300@gmail.com
6005823737
Adnan Latif
bhatadnan300@gmail.com
6005823737

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