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Chickens and Pigeos

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by newcanaanchicks, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. newcanaanchicks

    newcanaanchicks In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2014
    New Canaan,CT
    How well do Chickens and Pigeons live together both health wise and as neighbors?
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
    I have both pigeons and chickens, but they are in different cages. They are healthy.
  3. paramount

    paramount Songster

    Aug 4, 2014
    West Coast
    They're fine as long as you keep them in separate pens
  4. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Songster

    Jun 9, 2011
    I only keep my pigeons in with chickens when I am taking away the chicks from the moms.
  5. mightymax

    mightymax Songster

    Oct 8, 2013
    Central Coast, CA
    You can keep pigeons and chickens housed together, but it's best if you didn't. The main reason not to is disease. One that I can think of right this second is Chlamydiosis. It usually presents as a respiratory infection with flu-like symptoms (lethargy, going off food and drink, sunken eyes and dull feathers. Then of course you have all the symptoms that go along with the respiratory part of the disease, cough, mucus, eye and nose drainage, etc. There is no vaccine for this disease but to help keep the chances of it from forming in your flock, you should have a regular worming program in place for all of your birds. And be sure to worm them ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Whether you decide to house them together or not, remember, the choice is yours and you need to do what works best for you. Good Luck !!!
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing 5 Years

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Chickens will cannibalize young squabs if they fall on the ground or floor. Adult pigeons can manage with chickens as long as they can escape and avoid a swarm of hens pecking at them.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2014
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  7. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Songster

    Jun 9, 2011
    Yeah mine are only in there for a couple weeks while they along with the hens calm down.
  8. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing 8 Years

    Oct 24, 2009
    They will mix fine with bantams only.

    Never let the pigeons breed in the same pen as chickens.

    Chickens, even the bantams, will kill and eat the pigeon chicks. They will fly up to the nest boxes and do it.. and also bother.. and maybe injure, broody pigeons.

    I keep my pigeons with my bantams. No problems. Never had them catch any disease from each other. I figured as they all free range in the yard anyway.. if some had a disease they would all catch it.

    When I want to breed form certain pigeon pairs.. I take them out and house them in large dog cages until their chicks are independent.. and then they all go back in with the bantams.

    This works well for me.. I can keep a close eye on the pigeon squabs.. and I don't want uncontrolled breeding as I only want about 10 pigeons in total.
  9. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    I used to keep pigeons and ringneck doves with Silkie bantams. Since silkies don't fly well at all, and the doves nest about 5 feet off the ground, it was quite harmonious. I even fed everyone on the ground, though separate feeders and waterers on a high shelf might be better for the doves.
  10. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing 5 Years

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    I do not recommend combining chickens and pigeons it usually ends badly. That being said I did mix Meat King chickens with pigeons and had no issues. Breed of chicken does play a factor. I still think you would be wise to raise them separately.

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