Eggs! (but not sure if we have a male) Help?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by ChickenPotPie, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. ChickenPotPie

    ChickenPotPie Songster

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    I'd love it if these eggs were fertile but I'm embarrassed to say that I am not even sure if we've got a male. [​IMG]

    We only have three pigeons now. I thought all were females because I never saw any of them showing off and doin' their dance. How can I tell the difference between the male Homers and the females? If there is only one male, might that male not display very often? The pigeons are kept a bit away from our house and behind another coop so don't get a good look at them mostly. In fact, I just noticed the two eggs yesterday.

    Help?
     
  2. srsmith69

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    If you have a pair of pigeons, they will take turns sitting on the eggs. The hen will be on the nest at night and morning. The rooster will be on the nest for a short shift usually late morning early afternoon. Watch for the shift change. There isn't a good way to sex pigeons other than observation. Sit out and watch them for a little while. The male will strut his stuff at some point. Of course, if no male is present, you could still have a pair of females. But I would think then you would wind up with four eggs. No idea how they would split up the sitting duties if both are hens.
     
  3. ChickenPotPie

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    Quote:Ahaha. We have 3 pigeons. So, I guess if we wind up with six eggs, I'll know they're all females. [​IMG]
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    If there are just two eggs, you probably have a pair. When two hens mate together, both will lay eggs resulting in 4 in the nest.
     
  5. ChickenPotPie

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    Quote:Okay, I know I'm new but, I may have just read that wrong. lol I'm really not trying to sound childish but I don't get the "two hens mate together" thing. :hmm I'm really just naive. Do you mean that I may have two hens and one male and that the one male bred the two hens? Do they do that? I thought they might only breed with a single mate.

    One more question...won't hens lay even if they don't breed (like chickens)? Or are they induced ovulators (like rabbits) and won't lay until they are bred?

    Wow, I feel silly asking "birds and bees" questions. I feel the answers should be obvious but....[​IMG]
     
  6. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

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    Two hens can bond and become pairs, take turns mating, build a nest, lay 4 infertile eggs, and incubate them. They don't need males to lay eggs [​IMG] But they don't lay unless they have some kind of stimulation, whether that be thinking you are her mate, having another hen "mate" with her, or a male mating with her. So if you just have 2 eggs, then you have a male/female at least. If you end up with more, then you have at least 2 hens. Can you post pictures of them?
     
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  7. ChickenPotPie

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    Ah! Got it. Thanks for the explanation. [​IMG] I was pretty certain they were all females so I'll keep checking their pen for more eggs. [​IMG]

    I wish I could post pics of these birds but my camera was dipped in maple syrup. [​IMG]
     

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