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Rooftop Pigeon Coop Guys

Orlando, age 45, and his wife Omayra, age 24, raise pigeons on their roof in Brooklyn, and enter races all season long. His lifelong passion for pigeons began with the windowsill pigeon coop he made as a boy.

““I’ve had pigeons since I was a kid, but we didn’t have a coop on the roof back then; my mother wouldn’t let us up on the roof. So my brother came home one day with two milk crates, and he manufactured this thing and he put it on the window, and that was our pigeon coop.

"“Then we got eight milk crates, and we put them inside our room..."

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Victor, age 53, raises only white pigeons because of a dream he had while in a three-day coma brought on by an asthma attack. In the dream, Victor promised to keep only white birds if God would cure him. Victor has been true to his word for the past 26 years, and has never had another attack.

“One day, when I was a little kid, seven or eight years old, I seen a pigeon in the street, wounded, and I picked it up and my mother nursed him and she let him go. Now, there was a pigeon coop up on my roof, and I didn’t know any better, and I went up on the roof, and I seen all these birds inside … and I went inside and I grabbed a bird and I took it downstairs to my mother..."

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