Chickens and pigeons?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Parkourpeep, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. Parkourpeep

    Parkourpeep Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken coop which run is 8 feet tall,8 feet wide, and 10 feet long, I have a part of the run which is 8 feet wide, 8 feet long, but only 4 feet tall, so I doubt the pigeons will go under that, I have a coop that is 8' long 8' wide the roof is 7 feet tall to 5 feet, (the roof is slanted) and I was wondering if I could let the pigeons go in the coop at night if it gets too cold? I have 14 chickens 5 are hens, the rest are pullets and cockerels, but we plan on eating a hen and two pullets,so 11 chickens, I'm planning on two pigeons right now, since I'm new to this, anyone have pigeons they lift with their chickens, and if so any tips on housing? Thanks,
     
  2. oltman

    oltman Just Hatched

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    The chickens and pigeons will get along, there may
    be a little pecking order sorting out.
    Sounds like your coop and run set ups will work
    for the pigeons so long as they have a perch that
    is above the chickens. The perches i used were made
    using 1"x 4" x 4" nailed together like a V and mounted
    upside down on the coop wall.
    What kind of pigeons are you getting? Do you plan on
    letting them free fly (out of the run)
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I personally would not advise keeping pigeons and chickens together. The problem occurs when the pigeons begin feeding squabs. The chickens are likely to cannibalize any young squab at the first opportunity.
     
  4. Parkourpeep

    Parkourpeep Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure which kind I'm getting yet, still looking for a breeder in my area (Memphis, TN) and I will let them free fly after I keep them in for a while,
     
  5. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens will kill and eat the pigeon squabs and eggs.

    You can keep non breeding pigeons with chickens with no problem so long as the pigeons have plenty of high up perches and ledges to get out the way of the chickens

    If you want to breed your pigeons you will either need to cage each pair up to let them raise their young.. or you will have to build them their own separate area where the chickens can not get to them.
     
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  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Basically there are two factors that cause a pigeon to return to their loft:

    1) Food
    2) Love for their mate

    When you first release your birds I would do so when they are hungry take away their feed for at least 12 hours before release (It gives them added motivation to return to the loft.) When you begin racing your birds only have enough feed to satisfy half of the flock upon their arrival (this gets them down to business in a hurry)
    Also it is a good practice to let the new birds view their surroundings from a wire aviary or cage from a good vantage point for a few days before releasing.
    Try to get your birds used to a feed call when you enter the coop I would suggest a a tin can with pellets, feed or stones being shaken.
    It is a good practice to feed your birds only twice a day for about 10 to 15 minutes if practical.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  7. Parkourpeep

    Parkourpeep Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank very much
     

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