Found Pigeon

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by ChickieTeacher, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. ChickieTeacher

    ChickieTeacher Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2015
    West Central Florida
    My neighbor knocked on my door this afternoon and told me that he had one of my chickens in his yard. I checked the coop while my husband went to fetch the hen, and low and behold all four of my girls were there and hubs came back with this:


    Definitely not one of my "chickens." Right now I've got her in a separate sectioned off portion of the yard. She's a fat girl (maybe a girl, I don't know?) and she has her wings clipped. She doesn't have a band on. What do I do with her if I cant' find her people? Will my chickens accept her? I've only got four bantams and she's about the same size as the smallest.
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  2. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    That's a very cute pigeon. It's a meat breed.. that's why its so fat and big! It looks like a show quality king pigeon, rather than one for eating though.. as its got that colour and shape to it.

    I think someone got it new and clipped the wings to stop it flying away till it got used to its new home.. but they must not have clipped enough!

    These breeds are very bad flyers as they are so heavy... so I bet the owner in very close to you.

    You could put up a sign saying found pigeon... in the pet shop or local store or lamp post.. just say a domestic pigeon.. then when someone calls you up you can ask them what colour it is.. to make sure its really theirs.

    If you can't find the owner, or want to keep it, then it should be OK with you bantams. Just keep a close eye on them for a few days. If you get more pigeons or want to breed them, then they have to be separate from the chickens otherwise the chickens eat the baby pigeons!!

    I have my fancy pigeons living with my bantams.. roosters and hens with no problems. But I would not chance putting them in with the bigger standard sized chickens. And I always separate the pairs into their own cages for breeding.

    It will eat the same feed as the chickens, and the grit, etc. It will also like mixed grains. The only extra thing you need for it is a plastic tray so it can have a bath a few times I week... they love to bath!

    Keep us informed as to what happens.
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  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
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  4. ChickieTeacher

    ChickieTeacher Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2015
    West Central Florida
    No one has responded to my craigslist and facebook ads for a found pigeon so I guess she's mine now.

    How do you sex pigeons?

    My hens don't like her. She lost a couple of feathers and now she's got her own part of the yard and her own mini-coop (aka rabbit hutch). She seems pretty content, is eating and drinking well.
  5. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2013
    Pigeons are difficult to sex, especially without any other pigeons around. I'd try to find him/her a pal though - pigeons like company.
  6. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2013
    French Mondain
  7. LaBella

    LaBella Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2013
    I know this is rather old, but are you sure it's a girl? I don't recall females having that much iridescence on their neck. If I had to guess by one picture, I would guess male.

    Also, I just want to cringe and laugh at the well meaning neighbor. How is it that anyone doesn't know what a chicken looks like, let alone a pigeon? And not laugh at them in a mean spirited way, laugh because even if I have a big WUT??? over my head, I think that is completely adorable. Especially if the neighbor is an adult.
  8. mbrobbins

    mbrobbins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Powder Springs, ga
    this is a pigeon hanging around a park for several days, no band, no other pigeons in sight, . I took it home, and fed the hungry pigeon( semi tame), I have him in a big outside flight pen now, and fixed an inside loft also. would love to find a white homer-friend for it. I live west of Atlanta. does anyone know what kind this is?
  9. marneypoo

    marneypoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    Hi Mary, long time no see. Don't know anything about pigeons, but just wanted to say hi. Hope you are doing well. Did you ever get any more silkies? I still have some from you. They were always my favorites. Take care. Martha
  10. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    Looks like a tumbler/roller breed. Just feed layer pelleted feed, pigeon pelleted feed, parrot pelleted feed, or for variety add scratch feed and lot of wild bird feed.

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