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Confused as to pigeon sex

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I have a two pigeons who have paired - I don't intend to let them stay a pair, as one is a homer and the other a roller, but they are together right now and have paired... Here is my confusion. I thought I knew which one was male (Homer - I thought) and female (roller - I thought). I saw the Homer feeding the Roller the "milk" or whatever it is called when one pigeon put their beak in the other's beak. In addition I saw some male behavior (strutting, cooing, etc.) from the Homer. But then yesterday I saw them mating, and the Roller was on top. But then right afterward I again saw the Homer feed the Roller (I though males fed the females??). In addition, I have seen zero male behavior from the Roller - no strutting, cooing or dancing. What is going on?? Which one is male and which one is female? Do females ever feed the males instead of vice versa? Is it normal for a male to never display male behavior? So confused right now!

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by QuoVadis View Postr? So confused right now!

Thanks!

I have 66 trips around the sun been raising pigeons for decades and have more experience with these birds than most. One thing I can say with absolute certainty mistakes are made when it comes to gender. On the other hand if it lays an egg it is definitely is a female.


Edited by Hokum Coco - 3/23/16 at 3:11am

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

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You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Yeah I've only had pigeons a year but I've noticed how much harder they are to sex than poultry. Any guess in the scenario I described which one is male and which one is female? I was planning to separate them and put them in breeding boxes with the mate I wanted them to have!
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. Any guess in the scenario  Homer ♂ Roller ♀

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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