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Registered Racing Pigeon Organisations

This is a champion racing pigeon. It should not be confused with the wild pigeons which frequent city buildings. Occasionally during the racing season even experienced racing pigeons get lost and may require assistance.

All racing and registered fancy pigeons carry a hard plastic solid band, life ring on their leg which identifies its owner. The first few letters on the ring indicates the issuing organisation, the next two numbers will identify its year of birth, the remaining letter and numbers will identify its area and registered owner.

A racing pigeon may carry two rings one on each leg. One will either be a rubber band ring or an electronic timing tag, a chip ring, these are used for clocking the pigeon when it arrives back at its loft from an organised race.
Please do not report pigeons that are not in your possession. Owners cannot arrange to collect pigeons that are roaming or flying around your home or garden. You must catch the pigeon first. When you have the pigeon in your possession read and write down carefully all the letters and numbers on the plastic solid band, coloured ring.
Before reporting a stray pigeon to any of the listed organisations, first open the pigeons wing and check if the owners name or telephone number has been ink stamped on the underside of its flight feathers, also check the ID tags on its legs for any mobile telephone contact details. If it has a telephone ring you can contact the owner direct.

A Champion Racing Homing Pigeon

A Champion Racing Pigeon 

 Ring Prefix  Main UK Organisations / Unions  Website Contact Information  Telephone Contact Information
 SU  Scottish Homing Union  Report Lost SU Rung Pigeons  01698 768 939
 GB  Royal Racing Pigeon Association  Report Lost GB Rung Pigeons  01452 713 529
 IHU  Irish Homing Union  Report Lost IHU Rung Pigeons  02892 583 725 (N)  ,  07912 261 575 (S)
 WHU  Welsh Homing Pigeon Union  Report Lost WHU Rung Pigeons  01443 441 010
 NEHU  North of England Homing Union  Report Lost NEHU Rung Pigeons  01912 625 388
 NWHU  North West Homing Union  Report Lost NWHU Rung Pigeons  01257 421 271
Where to report other banded pigeons not listed here, tumblers, roller, show and fancy pigeons. Organisations based in the UK and overseas.

How to care for a found lost racing pigeon
Water is necessary before all else. Since pigeons drink by suction, any water container should be at least 1 in. (2.5 cm) deep. If a bird looks really exhausted, Gatorade or other proprietary sports drink may be added to the water. A teaspoon or two per cup (250 ml) of water will help replenish electrolytes.

Pigeons are grain eaters. While park pigeons will eat bread, most domestic birds have been raised on a multi-grain mixture. Try popcorn (maize), rice, split peas, barley, buckwheat (kasha), canary seed, etc., are all good first options to feed a lost bird with. These grains should not be cooked or popped but fed raw.
Keep the pigeon in any container that a dog or cat can't get into. An old bird cage will hold the pigeon for a day or so with no problem, as will a cardboard box - a screen on top of such a box is better than simply closing the flaps since there will then be enough light for the bird to see to eat and drink.

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