Residents in Putuo district are furious, reports say, with a neighbor who has built giant illegal pigeonries on top of the building, where over 600 pigeons now call home.
The wooden pigeonries were built around nine years ago, Shanghai Daily reports, and residents have long complained, even petitioned, about stray feathers and droppings to the property management, but no action has been taken.
“Tiny feathers keep flying into my apartment. I have to keep removing them from the floor,” one woman said. “I feel it is unhygienic when I am cooking and the feathers fly in.” Another woman said she can’t dry her clothes outside in the fresh air anymore, because pigeons dirty them up.
The residents weren’t willing to give their names for “fear of retaliation“.
What’s worse is that the owner of the pigeonries put up an iron gate barring the other residents from
enjoying the pigeons accessing the rooftop.
“Raising pigeons and participating in pigeon races are my dream,” he said.
He added that he is a part of a local racing pigeon association and has spent over four million yuan on his pigeons.
Pigeon racing and breeding is a popular hobby among Chinese residents. Earlier this year, one of China’s largest organizations of pigeon enthusiasts, the Hangzhou Carrier Pigeon Association, was temporarily suspended during the bird flu scare, and over 90,0000 pigeons had to be caged up.
The most expensive racing bird ever purchased was a Belgian pigeon named Bolt who was bought by a Chinese businessman for $400,000.
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