Thursday, March 16, 2006

New York Man Keeps Hundreds Of Pigeons As Pets

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people in New York view pigeons as dirty flying rats, but a Brooklyn pet store owner begs to differ.

Joe Scott – who co-owns a shop called Broadway Pigeon and Pet Supply with his brother Mike – says, for him, city pigeons are “just like pets, regular pets.”

He says he keeps three or four hundred pigeons in coops on his roof, two hundred in his yard and hundreds more at his store.

Despite others calling pigeons street rats with wings, Scott insists, “I couldn’t care less what they say...My birds are a breed apart from everyone else’s.”

He’s not kidding. Scott and his brother breed the birds, vaccinate them, and ensure that they’re fed, watered and let out to fly daily.

Scott knows his birds so well, he swears he could pick out members of his flock flying in the sky.

He occasionally loses a few pigeons, and when that happens, he admits, “I miss them. You always seem to lose the nicest ones of the group.”

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