Found a stray?

You have found a stray pigeon but you do not know what to do? Please read this article.

How to care for a stray pigeon?

If the pigeon appears healthy you do not necessarily have to catch the pigeon. Sometimes, a pigeon is simply taking a rest before heading back to its loft. You can provide some fresh water and some grains to allow the pigeon to regain strength and to continue its journey. If you have no grains, you can opt for rice or some bird seed. Please do not feed them bread.

If a pigeon is wounded or exhausted, try to catch it and put it in a cage or box. Birds of prey will go after the bird if left in the open. Put some fresh water and grains to help it gain its strength.  Sometimes if the bird is wounded or exhausted it will not survive. If you find a pigeon that has a band and is deceased, please let us know. We will contact the owner to let them know about their bird.

How do I trace the owner of the pigeon?

First, check the band on the pigeon’s leg. You can find the telephone number of the pigeon union or association. You can recognise the pigeon’s country of origin on the band. For instance, Canadian racing pigeons have a band prefix that starts with ‘CU’, while pigeons from the United States are indicated with ‘AU’ or ‘IF. Canada also has a Canadian Fancier Pigeon Association the band prefix for their association is “CPFA” Please contact us even if the bird has a band with the “AU” or “IF”. Some of our members have purchased birds from the United States and if they have sent in the registration we will have record of ownership.

If you cannot find a telephone number or any other contact details, please contact the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union: we will try and help you find the rightful owner.

Country Organization Contact details
Canada Canadian Racing Pigeon Union   Band Prefix-CU
Canada Canadian Fancier Pigeon Association Band Prefix-CFPA
United States American Racing Pigeon Union Band Prefix-AU

International Federation Pigeon Association Band Prefix-IF

If you find a bird that is injured or you capture it and does not have a band on its leg, please contact your local humane society and they will help you find the right agency. If you need help in locating an owner of a lost bird please feel free to contact us, we will do our best to assist you. CANADIAN RACING PIGEON UNION

261 Unit C Tillson Ave. Tillsonburg, Ontario, N4G 5X2 Phone: (519) 842-9771 or (866) 652-5704 Fax: (519) 842-8809

Please keep in mind that it can take a up to 24 hours before the owner of the pigeon contacts you. On weekends when requesting a call back it will not be returned until the next business day.

What happens if the owner does not contact you?

If a fancier does not contact you within 24 hours of the owner being notified, please call us back and let us know. We will try and find a pigeon fancier in your area to pick up the bird.

  • If the bird is healthy, you can release the pigeon a few kilometres away from your home to give it a chance to fly back to its home loft.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us. We care about all lost birds.