Flightless pigeon with bantams?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Kusanar, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Kusanar

    Kusanar Crowing

    Apr 30, 2014
    Roanoke area, Va.
    As some of you may know, I have a rescued feral pigeon cock that was found as a squeaker with a broken wing. He can flutter and jump a reasonable distance but he cannot fly and therefore has to stay in an enclosure similar to a chicken coop. In fact, he is currently housed in a junky little prefab chicken coop until I get his new digs set up next week.

    The new digs will be a 10x6' chainlink dog run re-enforced with chicken wire and hardware cloth to make the gaps in the chain smaller along with a box on the ground to use as a coop so he doesn't have to fly or deal with a ramp (he's not a fan of the ramp in his current coop).

    My question is, could I get a couple of seabrights to keep him company? Something about his size and that flies but needs to be kept contained. He's currently alone and has been since I caught him. He can see what I assume is his family flying around the neighborhood but as far as I know he's never been close to another bird since I got him. He is actually making friends with the neighborhood cats to some degree.

    Would bantams be ok to be friends with him or does he really need another pigeon? If I get another pigeon, I would prefer to get him a hen that is of a non flying variety so she's not cooped up just because he has to be.
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  2. backyard pigeons

    backyard pigeons Cooing

    Oct 18, 2018
    Hello there! Good job rescuing the little fella! :) a bantam will likely not work. Thought here are no disease risk, they will likely kill him. They may become aggressive, and without flight, he would be doomed. another pigeon would be awesome for him! I personally don't like non flying varities, for many reasons. In a 10×6 chain link fence, that would be plenty of room for a flying bird to get some exercise. I hope this helps!
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  3. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Enabler

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    I know from your previous posts, that you have that rescue pigeon:)
    A bantam chicken could live with your pigeon,,,,, but not a Seabright. Avoid Old English Game hens as well. I had a lone pigeon that I kept with my Serama,,, and had no problems.
    Now I have 2 Seramas,,,, but no pigeons:hit.. That may change:).
    If you do decide on a low-flying type of pigeon, look into fancy Fantails. They can fly,,,,,, but stay on the ground much of the time. There are non flying breeds out there, but get more specific, and probably somewhat more difficult to locate,,,, VS more common varieties.
    WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :highfive:
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2019
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    He would be far safer with another pigeon.
  5. Kusanar

    Kusanar Crowing

    Apr 30, 2014
    Roanoke area, Va.
    Thanks, now I just need to try to find a pigeon hen for him and finish getting his new enclosure ready.
  6. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

    Apr 22, 2016
    DeForest, WI
    I agree with @backyard pigeons that your 10x6 aviary is big enough even if the hen is a flyer. A mated pair would be quite comfy and safe. :)
  7. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

    Oct 24, 2009
    As everyone has said... 'no'.

    I keep both bantams and pigeons. Healthy strong flying adult none breeding pigeons will be OK with MOST bantams so long as there is space and plenty of perches.

    A disabled bird or fancy weak flying pigeon will be attacked, injured and even killed by the chickens in the end usually. Sometimes they get on, all depends of the temperament of the chickens, but its a massive risk and just not worth taking in my opinion.

    Also the 2 species have different needs, food, perching, nesting, etc, so much easier to keep them separate.
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