Please see website details for each Federation Below. If you require further details on how to report a lost or stray racing pigeon, please see details further down this page.



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Information for Non-Fanciers

On some occasions, racing pigeons may be unable to get home to their racing loft. This can be caused by a few factors including bad weather, fatigue or a lack of water causing the pigeon to become dehydrated. On most occasions after a short recuperation period, the pigeon will be capable of finally reaching its destination.

However, on some occasions, pigeons may need the attention of their owners before they return to full health. In these cases, we rely on non-fanciers to contact us in order to organise the safe return of these pigeons to their owners. To assist, please see the directions below on how to identify the bird and report it to the appropriate organisation.

To identify the pigeon there will be a unique identity ring on its leg. There may be other plastic type rings on the pigeon also, but please look for a metal ring.

On this metal ring there will be identification details, which comprise of letters and numbers. The letters identify the federation it belongs to, and the numbers identify the owner of the pigeon

The example in the image below is IHU 2002 S 012345.

In this case the pigeon belongs to the IHU S (Irish Homing Union Southern Section). The pigeon was bred in the year 2002 and 012345 is assigned to a particular owner.

Please take note of the full ring number and then contact the appropriate federation via their website as detailed above. They will contact the owner and organise the safe return of the pigeon.