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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by AHappychick 
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Originally Posted by Mary Of Exeter 
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Originally Posted by Lady_Cluck 

You sure can!  I had pigeons and chickens together for years.  They all got along great and went about their pigeon and chicken business, respectively.

Although...I once had a pigeon hatch a chicken egg.  One of my bantam sumatra hens flew up to the rafters and laid an egg in a pigeon nest.  The pigeon owners of the nest thought it was their egg and proceeded to hatch it.  One day while I was in the barn I heard a ruckus up in the rafters and figured one of the pigeons pairs must be parents, so I grabbed a ladder and climbed up there (baby pigeons are so ugly they are cute!) to see.  I about fell off the ladder in surprise when I saw the mother pigeon standing (she couldn't even sit!) on top of a newly hatched, fluffy yellow baby chicken.  It looked like she had four legs!  And she looked mighty confused (I wondered if they had tried to feed the chick yet...).  I wound up raising the pigeon-chick in the brooder and she turned out to be a wonderful little hen.  :-)

I love pigeons!!!  (And chickens, but that's obvious. lol)


I've had that happen too! smile Whenever I want to give my birds a break from raising babies, but they still continue to lay eggs, I just switch them out with chicken eggs. Gives them the joy of hatching, but saves them from the stress of feeding. It's really cute to see the chicks under them.
http://picasaweb.google.com/MaryOfExeter/August13th2008


Those pics are awesome What kind of tags do you use? it looks like the ones for clothes, how are you putting them on? do they bother the chicks?


Those tags really are what you put on clothes. The same kind of white plastic tie sickbyc They don't appear to bother the birds at all. I guess it's no different than tagging a cow or getting your ears pierced. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have to though tongue Those particular chicks were raised for the pen-of-3 broiler thing at the county fair. When we went to pick up our chicks, they made us tag and vaccinate them ourselves. They did both with 'guns', which made it look more painful than it was. It was hot, and I hadn't eaten anything yet...I almost passed out, LOL.

Becky (yep, Mary is not my real name, although I don't mind being called it)
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post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by ange 

How do you sleep and feed the pigeons and chcikesn together.  Pigeons up and chcieksn down


Mine were in a ground aviary type of thing, not a coop or loft situation. The chickens would sleep on one end of the stick and pigeons would sleep on the other. They didn't seem to mind. My chickens were pretty laid back, and I only had two or three in there at a time...so that makes a difference.

If in a coop, I would advise having chicken nest boxes on the ground like usual, but nest boxes more suitable for pigeons up higher on the wall. Once the pigeons have picked their nest box, many of them sleep in them anyways. It's also good to have some perches just for them as well, like V-perches or T-perches. Chickens more than likely will not try to land on one of those, unless you have some tiny chickens who fly well.

Examples of V and T perches. Obviously the V ones are upside down 'V's, and the T-perches are just blocks sticking out of the wall.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cb4AeStpOZI/SfjsYmwVYII/AAAAAAAACYY/bNvUFUMKhD8/s720/4-29-09%20002.jpg

And here's what my pigeon nest boxes look like. They'll gladly nest in different kinds of nestboxes, even chicken nestboxes, but these are more typical.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cb4AeStpOZI/SS7FrEXHvLI/AAAAAAAAB8Q/BEl-JdfK9JE/s720/thanksgiving%20009.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cb4AeStpOZI/SS7FYKRlq1I/AAAAAAAAB7s/8oz1YASsW4Y/s720/thanksgiving%20005.jpg

12 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 12-14 inches deep are good for homers like mine. Bigger birds like Indian fantails or Kings would probably appreciate something a bit wider and deeper though. Still, they aren't above squishing themselves in tight or odd spaces to lay lol

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post #23 of 25

I have chickens and pigeons but I would advice against housing them together. You never know what sort of bacteria/virus that could mutate and jump species. If I am not mistaken that is how PMV entered pigeons.

post #24 of 25

What about the roller pigeons that don't fly? I love those kinds!

1 Standard White Leghorn Cock, Bantams: 1 Blue Wyandotte cock and 1 hen, 2 black Wyandotte hens, 1 SLW hen, 2 Serama cocks, 3 Serama hens,1 Serama cockerel, 1 silkied Serama Cock  . Also Coturnix quail and Golden Yellow Pheasants.

Rest In Peace Sandy, Newbie, Coal, Diamond, my angel Coco, Krispy, Iona, Pearl and Claire....You will be missed forever.

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1 Standard White Leghorn Cock, Bantams: 1 Blue Wyandotte cock and 1 hen, 2 black Wyandotte hens, 1 SLW hen, 2 Serama cocks, 3 Serama hens,1 Serama cockerel, 1 silkied Serama Cock  . Also Coturnix quail and Golden Yellow Pheasants.

Rest In Peace Sandy, Newbie, Coal, Diamond, my angel Coco, Krispy, Iona, Pearl and Claire....You will be missed forever.

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post #25 of 25

The diseases are one good thing to consider. Although I've had a few together before and didn't have a problem, things can go pretty bad. Fowl pox, coccidiosis, salmonella/e. coli are a few that could easy be transmitted I think. I think the story with PMV is that they believe it's a relative to the Newcastle disease in chickens. It certainly has similar symptoms. Of course this is a risk with housing any different species of birds together.



Attack chicken, that kind of rollers are called parlor rollers (or parlor tumblers, same thing) smile They do backflips on the ground and aren't ment to fly up any higher than a few feet. Very good breed for young kids to play with and start the hobby out. Probably not the best breed to have with any other birds except pigeons, simply because they could be attacked by a dominant (or just just plain cocky) chicken.

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