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Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Feathered Wings, Feb 25, 2009.
I was wondering i have seen some offered but i was under the impression they couldn't be shipped?
Doesn't anyone have an answer to my question
Any egg can be shipped if you wrap it right, I would think.
They COULD be but they won't be any good, only the mom can hatch the eggs and you can't tell her when to set, their not like chicken eggs that you can stick in the bator....plus their much more fragile and would brake........even if you could hatch the babies in a bator you could not feed them..... the only thing that they can eat is Pigeon Milk ( barf ) so it would be futile.....
BoiseBubba i have to disagree . I hand fed a baby pigeon with a mix of game bird crumples , babybird formula and warm water and its not a fully feathered pigeon living out in my barn .
I think they air sacs would come loose or break in shipping . Im lucky if i get 1 or 2 chicken eggs to make it never mind a fragile thin shelled pigeon egg . Why dont you just walk under bridge and take some egss from a nest . If the babies hatch you would be giving them a better life than if they lived in teh wild were they re eaither eaten by preadtors or humans , hit by cars , killed by humans who view them as pests or starve from no food .
And seeing they are not native to the americas and are anintroduced birds you are allowed to catch them
It is possible to hand raise pigeons and other altricial chicks (baby birds that hatch without feathers and can't feed themselves). However it is usually far more time consuming and difficult than most people want to take on. It's also much more difficult to artificially incubate such eggs than chicken or quail. Odds are bad of accomplishing a healthy adult bird but not impossible.
If you already have pigeons. And you wanted a different bloodline or breed. Then I would just stick the eggs under a pair of pigeons that just layed eggs. They really wouldnt, or shouldnt notice. I know of one breed of pigeon. But cant remember its name right now. That most fancy pigeon breeders would only put the eggs under regular pigeons.. Because that breed had a short face and beak.. And they made not so good parents because they had a hard time feeding the babies..
I would let a pigeon hatch and raise the babies.. Ive thought of having some eggs shipped, if I still had my pigeons. And a place to put them.
Ive hand raised a baby pigeon before.. It is very time consuming..
Yes you can hand feed, but better to wait until they are 7 days old.
They are fed on crop milk for the first 7 days, same with doves and hookbill.
Thanks Everyone i had seen someone selling pigeon eggs on BYC and was curious.
I had someone from here want to buy some of my pigeon eggs too.
Now that I've read all your post i won't be buying or shipping eggs and again thanks so much.
I just love my pigeons and wouldn't want anyone to have a bad experience with them.
I have some Jacobins ,White fan tails and Budapest on eggs right now and a couple weeks back i bought 2 pair of Valencia Figurita's
I Love my Pigeons