Prepper Pigeons A Concept Worth Considering
I was talking with a pigeon fancier the other day which then got me thinking about the concept of using pigeons for prepping purposes. So the first thing I did was do some initial research by typing in the words “prepper pigeons” into google. To my surprise, there was not a great deal of info returned. Just links to a few sites regarding using pigeons as food stock. I had heard before that you can eat pigeons and I will get to that part further on in the article. At this stage I was still lacking any clarification on my original question, would it be possible to use pigeons as good old-fashioned pigeon post for communication purposes in a SHTF scenario?
So I decided to carry out some further research into my idea of using pigeons for prepper communication and sustenance purposes. I wanted to find out if pigeons could indeed serve a dual purpose for prepping.
An Idea For Using Pigeons For Prepper Communication
Prior to starting my research, I was under the impression that homing pigeons can only work in one direction. For example, they are trained to learn their home location so that they can be released from a different location and return home with a message. This in itself could be beneficial for a network of prepper communities that wanted to communicate with one another. Especially if all other forms of communication were down. Or even if they wanted a stealth method of communication between groups.
Think EPM scenario also think about the walking dead’s Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom, you get the picture.
Even if pigeons could only be used to communicate in one direction this would be a good start. But what if they could be used in both directions. Apparently, in theory, this seems to have been achieved by training pigeons to memorize their home location and a location at which they get their food.
Below is some key information that I came across when looking further into messenger pigeons.
Homing Pigeon History & Facts
Messenger pigeons have been used as far back as 1150 in Baghdad and also later on by Genghis Khan. By 1167 a regular service between Baghdad and Syria had been established by Sultan Nour-Eddin.
In recent times pigeons were better known for their service during war times. Throughout World War I and World War II carrier pigeons were used to transport messages back to their home coop behind the lines.
As mentioned early carrier pigeons are more commonly known for carrying messages in one direction only. However I have read that by placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons have been trained to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably.
All of the above would indicate that using pigeons as prepper pigeons for communication purposes could work.
Using Pigeons For Prepper Food
Some of you may have heard of Pigeon pie which has been eaten since around 1670. Pigeon pie is made from pigeon meat and various other ingredients.
Historically young pigeons sometimes referred to as squab have been consumed by different cultures. In some countries, they are even considered a delicacy. Squab is described as a very lean meat, easily digestible, rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins. It’s also described as tender, moist and richer in taste than poultry meats such as chicken.
Pigeons can definitely be eaten and therefore may be a good consideration as prepper food stocks.
Pros & Cons
As the saying goes all that glitters is not gold, I also needed to consider the pros and cons of using pigeons as a prepper. The pros are quite obvious in that you would potentially have a good method of communication between prepper networks that were grouped working together is a SHTF scenario. You would also be able to utilize any surplus birds for food.
With regards to cons, here are some of the possible cons involved with keeping pigeons for this purpose:
- Training would take time and effort.
- You would need a suitable location and coop to keep them.
- They could suffer from a disease.
- Larger animals could get into the coop and destroy your stock.
- You would need to feed & water them at a time when corn and water may be scarce.
- They can be shot down allowing potential enemies to intercept any messages.
Over To You
By now you’ve read my idea and the findings of my research along with what I feel are the pros and cons. I am by no means an expert on this subject. In fact, I only recently decided to do some research out of my own curiosity. I have always believed that the prepper community is full of people who like to share and debate knowledge. I would love to hear your opinions on this subject. For example:
Have you already looked into this and decided its a no go?
Do you already have this type of prep in place?
Do you think prepper pigeons are a good/viable Idea?
Can you think of any more pros and cons other than those mentioned above?