In addition to a food supply, they are good pets, security - flying when spooked and they can carry messages back home when carried off on regional travels with an easy 50 - 100 mile range when worked up to it slowly starting about 6 months old after freely flying their area daily for 4 weeks. Start taking the bird a mile away. Go North, South, East, and West so they know how to return from all directions. Do this a few times and then two miles, then five miles, ten miles, and so on up to 50 miles where most homing pigeons will do fine. A true homer will return from hundreds of miles and some have found their way home from over 1,000 miles.
Historically, pigeons carried messages only one way, to their home after being carried off. However, by feeding them at one location and housing them at another location, pigeons have been trained to fly round trips up to 100 miles daily.
Multi-purpose is important in prepping. Pigeons serve many functions outlined above; chickens provide eggs and meat while goats provide milk and meat. Rabbits provide fur and meat.
If you don't have pigeons, you can trap some in hard times for food or breeding stock.
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