Los Angeles Pigeon Farm, California

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There are a great number of different kinds of pigeons, and they are found in many countries throughout the world. Various kinds are found in Malay Peninsula, New Guinea and the neighboring islands, in western Europe, in India, and in North and Central America. Chief among the European species are the wood pigeon and the rock dove. They build their nest in all sort of places. They lay their eggs in rabbit burrows, and some build their nests in trees. The wood pigeon is the largest, and is found throughout Europe and on into Asia. Sometimes great flocks of these do much damage to growing crops. Rock doves live in India and along the northern coasts of Scotland and Ireland. They build their nests in hollow places in the rocks, or in caves. There are also many varieties of domestic pigeons. The most common are the trumpeter, the fantail, the homer, and the one commonly known as the dove. The homer is the postman. Messages are written on very fine paper. This paper is rolled tightly and put in a little goose-quill case. This case is tied with strong silk thread to the roo of a strong feather in the bird's tail. Then the bird is let loose, and flies back to his home. A pigeon has carried a message 1,040 miles. The pigeon farm here shown is about 4 miles north of Los Angeles. There are 16,000 pigeons on the farm. The squabs, or the young pigeons, are sold when they are about 3 weeks old. The Los Angeles farm markets hundreds of dozens every month. Each pair of pigeons raises about 6 broods in a year. With the good price squabs command, pigeon farming is profitable. Pigeons are housed in cotes and are fed cracked corn and wheat. Keystone ID: 13532 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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