Advice on female pigeon

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by tjmiddlemass, May 25, 2016.

  1. tjmiddlemass

    tjmiddlemass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2014
    Have open loft I found one of my females with injuries 2 weeks ago brought her in to hospital cage, we assumed it was my youngest male he has never taken a female and is aggressive and fights a lot, when my female had recovered I put her back in the loft her and her mate settled in together very quickly and all was good. This morning we found her with a u shaped cut at across the back of her skull, it looked terrible as it had bleed so we cleaned her up and it wasn't to deep, she's eating and drinking and very alert, if we hadn't of seen it when we did it would have been much worse but its her own mate and not the young male, he's not an aggressive bird but he is so rough with her when he pulls her down he was lifting skin, I would be scared to let him near her again in case he kills her, she was hand reared and comes to us all the time but willing would go back to him. Should I find a way to keep them separately when she's healed
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    Did you see the male pigeon do this? Maybe it's the heat, but I do not understand your reference to, "...when he pulls her down..." If you did not actually see the male do the damage, I think you need to look over the situation again. U shaped cut-Could there be another explanation as to what would cause this. Please post a picture.
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    It sounds like your female is not in breeding condition.

    When this happens the male will keep chasing and pecking her head to force her back to the nest and keep her away from other males.

    My advise to you is a follows.

    Divide the nest box in half with chicken wire or other wire netting. Put the male in one half and the female in the other. Provide food and water for them both.

    Keep them like this until the female is all healed up and feathers growing back on her head.

    Its important they can still see each other through the wire mesh.. to keep them pair bonded.

    You will know when she is ready to breed when you see them feeding each other through the wire mesh and see the female crouching down inviting the male to jump on her back.

    Once you see this you can confidently remove the wire divider.

    It may take some time.. and if you are worried about them being in the nest box all that time you can let them out one at a time to fly about and bath, exercise etc. BUT keep an eye on her that other males don't harass her in the main coop.
  4. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2013
    first you have a male that is driving a hen to the nest so has to lay. he may be to aggressive needs older hen the injured bird you say his mate has she laid before she is hand raised and may need to be introduced to him slowly and a second unmated cock is not good in the same pen with mated birds the hen needs to be at least 6 months old or older to start laying
  5. tjmiddlemass

    tjmiddlemass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2014
    She is hand raised she is over a year old, she hadblaid twice but doesn't sit on the eggs, her mate is shout 3

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