Woman spends £4k a year on pet pigeons including stylish wardrobe and bespoke pram

A “pigeon-mad” woman spends up to £4,000 a year on her flying rescue birds who have their own adapted bedroom, wardrobe of clothes and even get walks in a pram.

Meggy Johnson, 23, from Lincolnshire, saved her pigeons, Sky and Moose, after they were found abandoned as chicks, also known as squabs.

The young woman nursed them back to health by hand feeding them for six weeks – and in this time they became tame and affectionate towards her.

Now, the pigeons live a “life of luxury” with birthday presents, soft toys and walks in a specially adapted buggy.

Despite her loving care, Meggy often gets nasty comments from strangers calling her pets “flying rats”, but she says they are great companions and “deserve a chance”.

The animal lover spends £400 a month on her spoiled pigeons alongside two other rescued birds.



She dresses them up in clothing

Meggy explained: “They have their own converted bedroom which is their space and they have all their little perches, toys and wardrobe. They live the life of luxury.

“They are fashionistas and have their own wardrobe with about 17 outfits – each one costs between £25 and £30.

“They do look super cool but the outfits are also really practical because they catch their poo and help keep the house clean.

“You can also attach a little flight leash to take them into the garden for some fresh air – Sky likes to sit on my shoulder and sunbathe and she’s never even attempted to fly off.

“I also take them out for walks in a little pigeon stroller which is nice for them to get the natural sunlight.”



Meggy spends £400 a month on hr beloved pets
Meggy spends £400 a month on hr beloved pets

She continued: “I spend between £300 and £400 on them a month but if I looked through my bank account I would probably shock myself, it could be more.

“We also celebrate their birthdays and ‘gotcha days’ of when they were rescued and I spoil them as you would any family member with lots of presents.”

Meggy discovered her love for the birds when her dog alerted her to a nest in a hedge where there was one living chick and another that had died.

She scooped up the survivor and took it home to treasure using advice she got from bird rescue centres.

Meggy rescued Sky in 2019 when a workman brought the chick to her pet supply store in a carrier bag and Moose in May 2021 after someone found the one-eyed bird in a town several hours away.



She takes the birds for walks and dresses them up
She takes the birds for walks and dresses them up

Meggy said: “Some people would say let nature take its course but I think all animals deserve a chance and especially pigeons, they get such a bad rep.”

Moose was born with only one eye and so it’s unsafe for him to fly in the wild due to birds of prey being able to easily snatch him unawares.

The bird lover also cares for Clee, an 18-month-old pigeon and Snowy, the dove, who was found in a hospital car park.

Meggy said: “Clee was only about 12 weeks old at the time, just a baby. The vet thinks he was bitten by a rat on the wing because he had this awful, big infected lump the size of a golf ball.

“He had to have antibiotics, painkillers and an antibac wash and after a few weeks it got better.

“Snowy came to me with a neurological illness, it made her have really bad balance and her head would spin round in circles so she couldn’t eat or drink herself for six months.”

Wild pigeons usually have a lifespan of only two years, but in captivity they can survive for a whopping 15.

Meggy hopes her birds will live a very long life and wants to challenge negative attitudes towards pigeons.

She said: “Some people say ‘ew pigeon’ and call them ‘flying rats’, which is something as a pigeon-lover that really upsets me but most people are more open minded.

“The bond that you can get with them is amazing – Clee comes running to his name and follows you like a dog. They make the best pets, they’re so funny.

“They’re very special little birds.”

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