cold weather question

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by cameron, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. cameron

    cameron Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2010
    I came back Saturday from a week long hunting trip in west texas to find that while I was gone, a pair of my tipplers and a pair of my dutch highflyers were sitting on eggs.

    If they hatch these eggs, do I need to run a drop light out to their box for heat?

    If so, the box they are in is 4x4x4...would a 75w bulb be sufficient to warm the box enough to reduce the chances of the cold killing the youngins before they get their feathers in?

    Thank yall

  2. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    As long as the chicks don't get kicked out of the nest they will be fine without supplemental heat. The hen and cock will protect the chicks form the cold. The only time I have ever lost a chick to the cold is when it got kicked out of the nest by accident.
  3. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    It should be I use a heater, but I have chickens
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2011
  4. puredelite

    puredelite Chillin' With My Peeps

    It is actually best to separate the cocks and hens in the winter to allow them a little break. Then in the spring pair them up to your choosing and just watch them go! They will lay eggs and raise babies almost non-stop all summer. Maybe has to do with my climate here but I don't have much success in getting eggs to hatch in winter. Maybe has to do with it being 5 degrees a couple of mornings ago...
  5. cameron

    cameron Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2010
    Normally I would separate them but I fly them all together, and since the last time any of them were on eggs was early september, there's really not much for them to take a break from!
  6. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

    Sep 24, 2010
    I leave my pairs together all winter and just take the eggs if i don't want them hatching. No room for another loft here.

    Last year I left for a week and came home to a setting pair of Komorners. I decided to just leave them and they were fine. Even with snow on the ground in January.
  7. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    If you want to let her hatch them, you *can* put a light on them. Don't put it directly over the nest though. I usually put a light on my favorite pair in the winter anyway, they enjoy "basking" in it sometimes.

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