Originally Posted by Hokum Coco
A rule of thumb is the pigeon hens stop laying eggs as the days shorten.
Now after that statement I will show you pictures of two squabs that hatched out Christmas Eve.
I housed them in this Styrofoam cooler once they became too big for the parents to incubate. They survived just fine I live in Canada and am subject to -40º temperatures (no light no heat in loft.)
Do not disturb the nest or move the squabs until they are at least a week old into the cooler. Even then you are putting them at risk as the parents may abandon them.
Place nest bowl and all inside the cooler hope all goes well for you back yard buddy. Maybe your climate will not dictate the need of a Styrofoam cooler.
The less tampering the better you will find. Take if from somebody that learned the hard way.
You can expect eggs in mid February Valentines day as soon as a few rains begin to fall in a perfect world.
My pigeons are inside so warmth shouldn't be a problem since I live with them in the house. I lenghten the days with a few extra hours of artifical light, because I need it for my living room. If my proteins do hatch squabs, how should I tame the squabs if I can't handle them at a young age? Do I wait till they are old enough to leave the nest then work from there?
My temperatures can get down to -19°F and we get a lot of snow. Last year it was up to my wait but here in Moravia, New York we have one year extremely cold and then the next we might not even get any snow till Christmas, which happened about 3 years ago.Edited by ducky 13 - 9/26/15 at 7:28am