Life-saving, Game-changing Partnership for King Pigeons

The King Pigeon aviary Palomacy built at Animal Place

The King Pigeon aviary Palomacy built for Animal Place

Look at the amazing aviary you helped to create! Remember the crowdfunding campaign that we organized to help Animal Place begin helping King Pigeons?

 

Successful crowdfunding campaign to build King Pigeon aviary

Thank You for helping make this dream come true!

Thanks to your support, our efforts have finally succeeded! Animal Place, one of the oldest and largest animal sanctuaries in the nation, now has a beautiful, life-saving, game-changing King Pigeon aviary on site at their Rescue Ranch in Vacaville and they are engaging their expertise and resources to generate adoptions for rescued King Pigeons- survivors of the squab industry, abadonment and overfull shelters.
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On Saturday August 22nd, our builders Josette & Luis and volunteers, Ellie, Helen, Diana, Joe & myself, gathered at Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch in Vacaville to assemble the pre-built aviary panels into a gorgeous, safe and very comfortable foster home for rescued King Pigeons.

 

Pickup truck bed full up with pre-built avairy panels

The pre-built panels are easy to transport

Stack of pre-made aviary panels

The 16′ x 8′ x 7′ aviary consists of 20 4′ x 7′ panels

Pre-made aviary panel

Built from 2x4s & 16 gauge, .5″ hardware mesh

It was an amazing day. The weather was mild and the panels, so beautifully built, went together with ease. (Luis & Josette had done the hardest part the day before when they dug out and installed the base.)

 

Predator & rodent-proof panels attached to treated lumber base

Predator & rodent-proof panels attached to treated lumber base

Treated lumber base on store-bought cement piers.

Treated lumber base on store-bought cement piers.

Volunteers Ellie & Helen attach the smooth aviary floor (marine grade plywood) to the predator & rodent-proof base.

Volunteers Ellie & Helen attach the smooth aviary floor (marine grade plywood) to the predator & rodent-proof base

Ellie & Joe installing the side and roof panels

Ellie & Joe installing the side and roof panels

Throughout the day, the construction was carefully overseen by the patiently waiting pigeons. The aviary is 16′ long by 8′ wide and 7′ feet tall. It is designed to comfortably house 16 rescued King Pigeons but for now, Animal Place is starting with four to get the feel for this new effort.

Pigeons Boo & Maya and Pat & Snowberry watching over our work

Pigeons Boo & Maya and Pat & Snowberry watching over our work

Rescued pigeons Maya & Boo waiting patiently in their crate

Maya & Boo say, Hurry up!

Diana made quick friends with Pat

Diana donated to the project, spent the day building it & snuggled Pat

Woman lovingly holding a rescued King Pigeon

Nancy came to adopt chickens but spent some time learning about pigeons too

Blake, an animal care provider at Animal Place, loving on Snowberry

Blake, an animal care provider at Animal Place, loving on Snowberry

After the enclosure was up, a half roof & siding was added to half of the back & one side for shelter from weather, shade & security

After the enclosure was up, a half roof & siding to half of the back & one side was added for shelter from weather, shade & security

Finished avairy is half sheltered, half open

Finished aviary offers shelter as well as exposure to sun, wind, rain, sky- life!

Luis installing some shelves

Shelves & nest boxes were added for pigeon comfort

Ellie & Helen added two 'swing' style perches

Ellie & Helen added two ‘swing’ style perches

It was really very exciting to introduce the first lucky pigeons, Boo & Maya and Pat & Snowberry, to their beautiful new (foster) home! They were more than ready to move in and, being pigeons, they of course made themselves comfortable straight away.

Yay! Welcoming Boo & Maya into the new aviary!

Yay! Welcoming Boo & Maya into the new aviary!

The foursome immediately shared supper

The foursome immediately shared supper

Maya & Boo checking out the nest box area (one pox per couple)

Maya & Boo checking out the nest box area (one pox per couple)

King Pigeon Pat courting his mate Snowberry

Pat & Snowberry waited in the lobby cage at the SF animal shelter for an adopter from March through August

Snowberry kissing Pat

The romance began immediately: Snowberry kissing Pat

Boo & Maya trying out a nest box

Boo & Maya trying out a nest box

The pigeons' neighbors are lucky hens liberated from battery cages

The pigeons’ neighbors are hens rescued from battery cages

Jan, Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch Manager, says “The gang is doing great – and seem very happy in their new home” and Jacinda, Animal Place’s Adoption Coordinator, is already working to develop adopters for these beautiful birds.

A beautiful, safe, pigeon-friendly aviary

Making this dream come true was a long process. I sat for awhile just enjoying it.

YAY!!!! Look at this amazing, life-saving & game-changing aviary YOU helped to create! THANK YOU!!! Thank you to Animal Place for partnering with us to help raise awareness about the plight and potential of these beautiful pigeons! Thank you to our donors for investing in this life-saving aviary! Thank you to our builders and volunteers for creating such an important new aviary. I have a feeling there will be many more. Thank you all! Your support for this very special effort means more than I can say.

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Aviary sign

October 12, 2015 UPDATE:

I am thrilled to announce that, thanks to the efforts of Animal Place, Boo & Maya and Pat & Snowberry are now adopted and HOME!

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This is the beautiful new home of Boo & Maya & Pat & Snowberry!

Congratulations to Boo & Maya & Pat & Snowberry!

Congratulations to Boo & Maya & Pat & Snowberry! You are HOME!

 

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