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Sexing Pigeons?

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I hatched out a bunch of new Orpington chicks this weekend. jumpy and i ran out of chick starter. So i went to the feed store to get more. When I hot there 6 poor pigeons were loocked up in a small cage in their own poo!!! sad so i decided to buy them. I got them home and i let them loose in my chicken isolation coop. It took about 30mins for them to settle down and start flying from one end to the other. and soon they began feeding. wee I was wondering if you can sex pigeons like you sex chickens. Is there any physical thing i should look for in both sex? Here are a few pics. Any help will do. If you can tell by the pictures, PLEASE point out the sex! wink

http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee432/thepromise1/pigeon1.jpg
Left to Right: Pigeon 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee432/thepromise1/pigeon2.jpg
Left to Right: Pigeon 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6


http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee432/thepromise1/pigeon4.jpg
Left to Right: Pigeon 2 & 5


http://i1227.photobucket.com/albums/ee432/thepromise1/pigeon3.jpg
Pigeon 1


* Thanks Ahead of time. smile

I Have 7 Chickens: 2 RIR, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Red Star & 1 Black Star
AND now a whole bunch of Orpington chicks!!!

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I Have 7 Chickens: 2 RIR, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Red Star & 1 Black Star
AND now a whole bunch of Orpington chicks!!!

1 Husband & 3 boys (12, 8 and 6)
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pigeons are sexed by how they act, males strut and make a cooing noise while bobbing their heads, the only way to tell if they are female is if they lay an egg, i still have some that i'm trying to figure out, go to youtube and look up some pigeon videos and you'll see what i'm talking about, oh and males will drag their tales on the ground when strutting, hope this helps

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post #3 of 12

Or you could take a string attached to a metal nail on a string and If it goes in a circle its a hen in a line a cock Its an old wives tail

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Originally Posted by Lofty Dreams 

Or you could take a string attached to a metal nail on a string and If it goes in a circle its a hen in a line a cock Its an old wives tail


yuckyuck

ill try it if all else fails. lau

I Have 7 Chickens: 2 RIR, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Red Star & 1 Black Star
AND now a whole bunch of Orpington chicks!!!

1 Husband & 3 boys (12, 8 and 6)
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I Have 7 Chickens: 2 RIR, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Red Star & 1 Black Star
AND now a whole bunch of Orpington chicks!!!

1 Husband & 3 boys (12, 8 and 6)
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post #5 of 12

Someone from my club had good luck with it although i did have this he-she pigeon I didn't know what it was asked a bunch of people as well

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ive heard of pelvic space sexing, how about that?  my rollers were supposedly sexed that way, but two are still seeming sorta sqweakers, so dont know how would know if both girls yet, or would girls be evident if feathered by now, but still sqweaking occassionally when handle?

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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post #7 of 12

An ole timer once showed me how to sex a pigeon by feeling the pelvic bones.  If the two pelvic bones are pointy and thin, then it's a hen.  If it feels more like a flat toothpick then it's a male.  I'm not sure how accurate but worth a try.

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thanks!  there isnt any diffrence in the space between also, or could that just be indicating age or something wrong?

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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So i went to feed them today and while the all of them were eating Pigeon #2 was puffy and chasing Pigeon #1 around. Is this a courtship thing. Im guessing #2 is a boy and #1 is a girl??? Or is this just something they do? idunno

I Have 7 Chickens: 2 RIR, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Red Star & 1 Black Star
AND now a whole bunch of Orpington chicks!!!

1 Husband & 3 boys (12, 8 and 6)
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I Have 7 Chickens: 2 RIR, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Red Star & 1 Black Star
AND now a whole bunch of Orpington chicks!!!

1 Husband & 3 boys (12, 8 and 6)
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Originally Posted by laughingdog 

ive heard of pelvic space sexing, how about that?  my rollers were supposedly sexed that way, but two are still seeming sorta sqweakers, so dont know how would know if both girls yet, or would girls be evident if feathered by now, but still sqweaking occassionally when handle?


this is usually the case with mature birds, but not always the rule. I had an ash red fantail cock that had really open pelvic space, but that was definately a cock.

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