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Bringing home my first pair today... advice on transportation and quarantine?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by QueenMisha, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Hi there everybody. So... I'm a BIT unprepared for these guys. I usually avoid getting any kind of bird unless I'm 100% prepared for them but the closest ones were a long drive, and I'm already making that drive today for some new Ko Shamo, so I went ahead and set up a meeting, since I've only got a few more things that need doing. I've got a coop/covered run for them, all it needs is more roosts and some nesting boxes installed - I'm using quarantine as a grace period to get this done. But I do have a few questions:

    - What should I use to transport them? I was planning on a small dog crate. They are Fantails, I don't know if this makes any kind of difference. Would it be better to use something dark so they don't fly around too much, like a sturdy cardboard box?

    - I'm doing quarantine for 2 weeks. I have an extra-large (Great Dane size) dog crate, and I am not sure if I should put it inside the house or on the porch. Are they particularly noisy in the morning? Would they be OK outside if it's currently getting down to around 50 degrees at night? (70 during the day)?

    - Just double-checking my knowledge: Fantails can fly, they just don't do it a lot? I'm a little bit worried about my Partridge picking at them. I currently have 9 4-month old Partridge in this same pen/coop. I've set up a big bunch of branches on one end of the run and will soon be installing plenty of roosts inside, but if the Chukar choose to be bratty, I can count on the pigeons being willing to fly up (about 4 feet) to avoid this? I've never seen the Partridge actually act AGGRESSIVE toward another bird, no chasing or biting, they just seem to... recreationally pick each other. Just hanging out, sunning themselves, and oh hey let's pick this dude's entire oil gland out. They seem to actually enjoy the action, but like I said, they don't run across the pen just to pick another bird to death. They only seem to do it to whoever is standing right next to them.

    - How big should the nesting boxes be? I'm thinking maybe half the size of a chicken nesting box, is that adequate? How far off the bottom of the coop should I place them?

    Thanks for any help!

  2. I used a cat transportation crate but a cardboard box works too. I would be careful about the partridge I have never owned them it I would introduce them by putting the pigeons in a cage separated from the partridge but allow hem to see each other. I would do this for a week so they get less interested in beating each other up. Add a shelf so the pigeons can get away from the partridge in case they need or want too.
  3. Nesting boxes I think should be(in floor space) about 6in. For my nest boxes I just use a simple ferret litter box screwed to the wall just break off the cage hooks. These work great, I use these for my NY Flying Flights. Mine have two eggs that they are sitting on.
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Yeah, I'll definitely be cautious about the little buggers. When I say 2 weeks quarantine that's an approximation, since I will definitely wait until I have a free day to keep an eye on their behavior. I'm not entirely sure where I'll fit a cage inside the coop itself (My design provided terrible access points, which I didn't realize until AFTER I built it, but I'll see if I can find something small to use for a day or two introduction period.
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Oh, I love that idea! I'm terrible with building things so that sounds much easier. Thanks.

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