Characteristics of the Grateful Pigeons

Characteristics of the Grateful Pigeons

People have long tamed pigeons and raised many different breeds. Each of them is attractive in its own way and deserves attention. It is very difficult to confuse Blagodarnensky pigeons with some others. What does a forelock stand on its beak, chic plumage and excellent fighting qualities. Grateful pigeons come from the North Caucasus, but there is no more accurate data on their origin.

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  2. Flight performance
  3. Conditions of detention
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Благодарненский голубь

Thanksgiving dove

Presumably the ancestors of the breed were Turkish birds with two forelocks: one on its beak and one head.And two centuries ago, in the Stavropol Territory, in the city of Blagodarny, it was possible by breeding to breed with the same name-Blagodarnensky pigeons. This is a rather rare species. and if you want to breed them, it’s better to buy pigeons directly in their homeland, in Stavropol.


Today, the breed is more likely to belong to the decorative group: the fighting qualities of the birds are no longer too pronounced. The birds are small in size, but powerful in build. Despite this, the birds look elegant and neat.Description:

  • round-shaped head with a wide forehead;
  • one or two forelocks (on the beak and back of the head);
  • certainly light-colored eyes with a black pupil ;
  • middle white beak with a bend at the tip;
  • the area above the beak of flesh-colored;
  • a straight short neck that expands in the chest area;
  • strong straight body with a slight slope back;
  • not very wide chest of convex shape;
  • slightly elongated and elongated body;
  • long wings, touching the edges feathers on the tail;
  • a small tail consisting 12 feathers;
  • short legs up to 8 cm long, covered with feathers;
  • thick feather with a refined sheen;
  • colors range from brown and cherry to black and multi-colored, however, dark birds are very rare, and most often the pigeons are red and yellow;
  • white head and neck, while other colors prevail on the rest of the body.

Flying qualities

The characteristics of real Thanksgiving pigeons amaze the minds of ordinary people. It is precisely by these criteria that the breed is determined, and therefore a narrow back, a long beak, a disproportionate forelock, and poor plumage of legs are definitely not permissible. Small errors are considered to be the pinkish tint of the eyes, the forelock not too clearly defined, the head and neck white with interspersed with other colors.

Thanksgiving pigeons have 2 subspecies. They are fighting and decorative.The difference is that decorative ones are those whose appearance is considered the main one. The rarest breed is considered to be the breed of pigeons with black plumage. Selection has led to a deterioration in flight properties, while conventional combat ones fly spectacularly and quickly, but at a low altitude. Stamina is not distinguished by the grateful winged: the flight duration does not exceed 4 hours. Only regular training affects the flight parameter, because it is the loud sound of the wings and the ability to do somersaults that are their distinctive features.

Conditions of detention

Thanksgiving war pigeons are unpretentious in leaving, therefore suitable even for breeding for beginners. The main requirement for the dovecote is its illumination, it is also important not to forget to constantly air it. A smart ventilation system will simplify the matter. It is necessary to divide the room into 2 parts: one – the parent, and the second – for feeding. Accordingly, in the first, it will be necessary to take care of the placement of nests for hatching chicks, and in the second – to put containers for feeding and drinking. It is important to consider going outside. Pigeon growers with experience know about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in the house: it is important to carry out regular cleaning at least once a week, and general – at the time of nesting. At the same time, disinfection is carried out.

Another thing is the feeders, which must be cleaned every day and do not forget to pour fresh water into the drinking bowls all the time.The diet of Blagodarnensky pigeons is very diverse and consists of cereals and corn. In general, pigeons are not particularly fastidious in food. When the breeding season begins, it is good to add legume and wet mixtures of root vegetables and greens to the food. Mixtures of minerals and vitamins will not interfere.

Bird vaccination is required from the first days of life. Vaccinations will help protect the winged organism from various diseases. It is very important to remember that the Grateful Doves do not have special flying qualities from birth, although they inherit them, but master them through numerous trainings. You need to understand that good nutrition, good care will not only make the birds healthy, but also provide excellent offspring. Moreover, these pigeons are exemplary parents.


It is the characteristic, the color of the plumage of the Blagodarnensky pigeons that allows us to create an accurate picture of the breed. – why it’s most rational to get them there. It’s important to know exactly which goals if they are fighting, it’s important to check how the bird flies.

Thanksgiving pigeons can take good care of the mating season, which they have in February-March. It is interesting that the male also helps the female to build a nest, and in hatching offspring, and the joint feeding by both parents of the chicks with milk from goiter simply can not leave indifferent anyone who saw this process. Due to this, the species has such a high survival rate. In one season, the pair can grow about 6 babies, and one clutch contains no more than 2 eggs. The grateful battle pigeons fascinate with their appearance and conquer the flight. Breeding them is a pleasure, because it does not require much effort and time.

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