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Eating ortolan. My neighbor in Toronto has a big cage of live pigeons. For meat.

alexd

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At first I thought they were carrier pigeons and the neighbor was training them to send old school messages and avoid the cost of broadband, but I think the neighbors are raising them for food. Maybe even to sell them to friends for dinner or to vendors in CHinatown East, or perhaps to some of those new yuppie restaurants in Leslieville. Squab. So hot right now.

I can hear the birds cooing and making noises all the time, and cats often sit on the fence eyeing the cages, trying to figure a way into the cages to get at the birds.

I know it is illegal to raise chickens in your backyards in Toronto, but what about pigeons? Is there a loophole for other bird species? If so, I want ostriches!
 
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ndrwrld

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City bylaws say residents can keep pigeons as long as they don’t stray perch or roost outside of the owner’s property. Like all animals in the city, they must live in sanitary conditions.
your neighbor could be selling them. big market.
ostriches are prohibited in Toronto.
 
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alexd

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I don't get why they have to raise them in cages when all they have to do is round up a bunch off queen street... Aren't there enough pigeons in the City already?
 

sk8

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Maybe they are racing pigeons!

If you can see them, check for bands. No bands means they are probably food.
 
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janiecakes

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I am not joking! haha.

My grandpa was an obsessive pigeon racing enthusiast. He had a giant coop built on top of his garage and they all had little cubby things for nests. I got to hold baby pigeons all the time and named mine Featherette.
 

alexd

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I am not joking! haha.

My grandpa was an obsessive pigeon racing enthusiast. He had a giant coop built on top of his garage and they all had little cubby things for nests. I got to hold baby pigeons all the time and named mine Featherette.
Is there like a finish line for pigeon racing? Or do they do laps of some kind?
 
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janiecakes

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Is there like a finish line for pigeon racing? Or do they do laps of some kind?
They take the pigeons a certain distance from their home and time how long it takes them to get there. They use GPS and rings on the pigeons and these timers that can keep track of a bunch of pigeons.
 

KodiaK

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one of my neighbours raises carrier/homing pigeons or some shit.
every afternoon all 50 of the fuckers will circle around the house. They literally do laps.

It's pretty damn cool to see.
 
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praktik

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ya so like people do eat pigeons, see it on cooking shows as "squab"

any triber ever eat that shit?? Seemed like an NYC thing
 

alexd

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They might use them in dim sum... Mofo?

All bird feet look same when sticking out of dim sum bowl!
 

Klubmasta Will

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edible pigeons are the same species as street pigeons but they are raised to be food. they do not feed on garbage. they are removed from the nest before they can fly and are called squab.

i see it on middle eastern and european menus.
 

alexd

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edible pigeons are the same species as street pigeons but they are raised to be food. they do not feed on garbage. they are removed from the nest before they can fly and are called squab.

i see it on middle eastern and european menus.

The French eat tons of them too, no?
 
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