Confused as to pigeon sex

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by QuoVadis, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a two pigeons who have paired - I don't intend to let them stay a pair, as one is a homer and the other a roller, but they are together right now and have paired... Here is my confusion. I thought I knew which one was male (Homer - I thought) and female (roller - I thought). I saw the Homer feeding the Roller the "milk" or whatever it is called when one pigeon put their beak in the other's beak. In addition I saw some male behavior (strutting, cooing, etc.) from the Homer. But then yesterday I saw them mating, and the Roller was on top. But then right afterward I again saw the Homer feed the Roller (I though males fed the females??). In addition, I have seen zero male behavior from the Roller - no strutting, cooing or dancing. What is going on?? Which one is male and which one is female? Do females ever feed the males instead of vice versa? Is it normal for a male to never display male behavior? So confused right now!
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  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 66 trips around the sun been raising pigeons for decades and have more experience with these birds than most. One thing I can say with absolute certainty mistakes are made when it comes to gender. On the other hand if it lays an egg it is definitely is a female.
     
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  3. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I've only had pigeons a year but I've noticed how much harder they are to sex than poultry. Any guess in the scenario I described which one is male and which one is female? I was planning to separate them and put them in breeding boxes with the mate I wanted them to have!
     
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