A pigeon can be used for show purposes or even as a household pet. The cost of one will depend on the quality, the breed, age and breeder selling one.
How much is it?
• On average, plan on spending anywhere from $50 to as much as $400 for a bred pigeon. Show pigeons that are higher in quality can yield prices that surpass $1,000. According to the internet websites, it is not uncommon to see some birds cost more than $10,000.
• For instance, a Hungarian House Pigeon can cost $250 to $400, while a Racing Homer can cost $50 to $80.
• PigeonFarms.com has a great list of all the specific breeds and what each is going to cost. If you compare the pictures of the different breeds, each bird has its own shape, size and color. If you are unfamiliar with the bird, it is best to do some research and learn about the individual characteristics.
What are the extra costs?
• Many breeders will only sell to those that purchase pigeons in bulk. The minimum that has to be purchased can vary anywhere from four to eight birds.
• Since there is a rather good chance that a pigeon breeder will be outside of your hometown, shipping fees may apply. Common shipping fees for a bird can start at $75 and go up from there. On top of the shipping fees, a container fee can apply as well.
• Most reputable breeders will include a health certificate. If the bird is not up to date with its shots, additional vaccination fees can apply.
• To properly store your pigeons at your home, a loft of a coup is required. Depending on the number of birds that you have, a loft can start at $300 and go up from there depending on the quality and the contractor performing the job. See Price Table at PigeonFarms.com
What is going to be included?
• If the bird is going to be shipped through a carrier, the breeder will be able to pack them up properly in a carrying crate.
• Most breeders will include some sort of guarantee that will protect the bird for a certain amount of time; this is usually around 90 days or so.
Tips to know:
• If you are going to have the birds shipped, make sure that you get some sort of pet insurance. That way, if something does arise in the first 90 days of having the bird, you can get your money back in case something happens.
• Try to see how long the breeder has been in business. Higher quality birds are often bred with the right mix. Failing to breed the birds properly can often lead to a bird that does not stay healthy.
• If you decide to have pigeons, you should stick with those that have been bred; most wild pigeons tend to carry diseases.
How can I save money?
• Most breeders have their inventory available online. If possible, attempt to adopt a bird near your home so that you can save on shipping costs. If this is not possible, check with at least three different breeders online to ensure that you are getting the best deal you can.
• Consider looking for birds at the end of a shipping season. Many breeders often have fire sales in order to get rid of birds during the seasons in which they cannot ship them. Contact Steve Austin – Operational Manager Phone: (562) 235-1829 or E-mail: sales@PigeonFarms.com and Website: PigeonFarms.com at www.pigeonfarms.com