Woman splurges £4,000 per year on accessories for her pet pigeons

Woman spends £4,000 a month on her rescue pigeons who have their own wardrobe of outfits and converted bedroom – and even go for walks in an adapted pushchair

  • Meggy Johnson, 23, from Louth, Lincolnshire, rescued pigeons Sky and Moose
  • Nursed them back to health after they were abandoned as squabs  
  • She spends £4,000 a year on outfits, accessories and toys for them to play with
  • The animal-lover from Lincolnshire even walks them around in a special stroller 

A ‘pigeon-mad’ woman spends £4,000 a year on her ‘fashionista’ rescue pigeons who enjoy their own adapted bedroom, wardrobe of outfits and even walks in a posh stroller – hitting back at those who brand them ‘flying rats’.

Meggy Johnson, 23, from Louth, Lincolnshire, rescued her beloved pet pigeons Sky and Moose after they were found abandoned and vulnerable as tiny chicks, or squabs.

The animal-lover, nursed them both to health, hand feeding them with a tube around the clock for six weeks until they became as tame and affectionate as any ordinary pet.

They now live the ‘life of luxury’ with birthday presents, a collection of soft toys and even walks outside the home in a special stroller that allows each bird to enjoy their surroundings from the safety of their own netted compartment.

Meggy Johnson, 23, from louth, Lincolnshire, with her pet pigeons sky and moose who seh spends £4,000 per year on

Meggy Johnson’s pet pigeon, Sky, in one of her pink outfits. Each  one costs between £25 and £30

Meggy Johnson taking her rescue pigeon Clee and dove Snowy for a walk in her bird stroller, where they can enjoy walks safely behind a net 

Despite cruel comments from people branding the birds ‘flying rats’, Meggy insists that they are great pets and ‘deserve a chance’ just as much as any other animal.

Along with two other rescued birds that live in her pet supply store, the animal-lover spends up to a whopping £400 a month on her spoiled birds.

Meggy said: ‘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.’

Spoiled pet Sky with her and Moose’s food bowls. When Meggy first started looking after pigeons, she contacted resuce centres for advice on how to look after them 

Along with two other rescued birds that live in her pet supply store, the animal-lover spends up to a whopping £400 a month on her spoiled birds. Pictured: Her pet dove, Snowy

Sky, wearing a red outfit with a pink flower. She said that the looks are ‘super cool’ but they’re ‘practical’ too because they keep the house clean  

‘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.’

‘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.’

The bedroom of spoiled pet pigeons Sky and Moose. The pigeon rescuer discovered her love for the birds back in 2016 when her late dog Pippa alerted her to a nest in a hedge while out on a walk.

Meggy thinks all animals deserve a chance and especially pigeons, who get a bad rep. Pictured: Clee’s wing that left him unable to fly

Rescue dove Snowy with a teddy bear. Meggy celebrates their birthdays and ‘gotcha days’ of when they were rescued and spoils them as you would any family member with lots of presents

‘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.’

The pigeon rescuer discovered her love for the birds back in 2016 when her late dog Pippa alerted her to a nest in a hedge while out on a walk.

There was one dead baby pigeon and another one that was still alive, so she scooped the live bird up and took it home in her coat.

After contacting some wildlife rescue centres for advice she was able to save the weak bird’s life and has been an avid pigeon rescuer ever since.

The outfits are also really practical because they catch their poo and help keep the house clean. Pictured: Sky and Moose

Snowy, the 18-month-old domesticated Dove, joined the lucky group of rescues in October 2020 after being found in a hospital car park. Pictured in her bed with food, toys and blankets

Meggy rescued Sky, now two years old, in September 2019 when a workman brought the abandoned baby bird to her pet supply shop in a plastic carrier bag

She rescued Sky, now two-years-old, in September 2019 when a workman brought the abandoned baby bird to her pet supply shop in a plastic carrier bag.

Next came Moose, now five months old, in May this year when someone called to say the one-eyed baby bird had been found alone in a different town.

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.’

‘A gentleman came into my shop swinging a Tesco carrier bag around with Sky in and said ‘I’ve brought you a pigeon’ – it’s funny to look back now and she’s nicknamed carrier bag because of it.’

Meggy rescued Moose, now five months old, in May this year when someone called to say the one-eyed baby bird had been found alone in a different town.

Meggy’s pigeon, Sky, is nicknamed ‘carrier bag’ because of the way she came to be rescued

Meggy’s spoiled pigeons, Moose and Sky’s wardrobe and their many outfits that she styles them in

‘I said, “Be careful if you’ve got a baby pigeon in there”. She was only two weeks old at the time and so small.

‘She had to be hand fed around round the clock like a mummy pigeon would do.

‘Moose was born with only one eye and we have no idea what caused that. It’s not safe for him to fly outside with only one eye, there’s lots of birds of prey that could easily snatch him up.’

‘He was born with a gentleman in Middlesbrough who contacted me and I said yes please, I’d love to rescue him and give him a chance.’

Meggy didn’t get Sky until he was five weeks old because he was four hours away from me and had to come by a special bird courier

 Moose  was born with a gentleman in Middlesbrough who contacted Meggy whens he said she’d love to rescue him and give him a chance

‘I didn’t get him until he was five-weeks-old because he was four hours away from me and had to come by a special bird courier, so I wanted to make sure he was old and fit enough to travel.’

Meggy also cares for two other rescued birds that live in her pet supply shop – Clee the pigeon and Snowy the domesticated dove.

Both birds have a disability that means they can’t fly and would be unable to survive in the wild.

Meggy rescued Clee, now 18 months, in April this year when a member of the public called her to say they’d found the bird wedged between their house wall and garage.

The pigeon rescuer expects to see all of her birds reach their teens and says you can sit with them and they’ll sit on your shoulder

Moose was born with only one eye and Meggy has no idea what caused that—It’s not safe for him to fly outside. The pigeons pictured in their bedroom

Rescue pigeon Clee’s wing injury that has left him unable to fly. Now, the bird enjoys a life of luxury

Snowy, the 18-month-old domesticated dove, joined the lucky group of rescues in October 2020 after being found in a hospital car park.

After a difficult start in life the pair are just as spoiled as Meggy’s home-based pigeons and enjoy a big collection of soft teddies and toys as well as a teepee bed.

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 but the injury has left his wing really stiff so he can’t fly.’

Clee on his bed. After the injury, he had to have antibiotics, painkillers and an antibac wash and after a few weeks it got better

 Meggy hopes to change the negative stereotype of pigeons and show that they are intelligent, sweet animals that make great pets and deserve to be given a chance at life

‘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.’

‘Because of the brain injuries she can’t fly either. She was a stray found in a hospital car park, at risk of picking up illnesses or she could’ve been hit by a car, we’ll never know.’

‘Now she’s fully recovered other than the occasional head movement and wobble and she can eat and drink herself.’

‘It’s amazing because we thought we would lose her a few times but she pulled through.’

Despite wild pigeons only having a life expectancy of around two years, birds cared for in a home environment can reach 15 years old

Although Meggy has faced some rude comments about the unusual pets, she says most people are just surprised at how intelligent and friendly they are

Meggy says the bond that you can get with them is amazing and insists they make the best pets

Despite wild pigeons only having a life expectancy of around two years, birds cared for in a home environment can reach 15 years old, so the pigeon rescuer expects to see all of her birds reach their teens.

She hopes to change the negative stereotype of pigeons and show that they are intelligent, sweet animals that make great pets and deserve to be given a chance at life.

Although she has faced some rude comments about the unusual pets, she says most people are just surprised at how intelligent and friendly they are.

Meggy 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.’

‘When you hand feed them they get so trusting. You can sit with them and they’ll come and jump on you and sit on your shoulder.’

‘They’re very special little birds.’

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