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Gender This Pigeon!

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Count Von Chickula, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Count Von Chickula

    Count Von Chickula Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, I'm asking for the sky here but...

    I have this typical Rock Pigeon I am not sure of its gender. I'd like to find out. I usually can guess these pretty well by observing pigeon behavior over the years, but this one is eluding me. This bird was caught in a barn back in April and is still a little wild. The kids named it "Peg"

    Since I don't have any other birds right now this one has no one to interact with so I could better judge its s*x. Here's some pics of him/her/it. So, can you guess its gender? Give it a shot.

    (Thanks to all)
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  2. FriendlyFlyer

    FriendlyFlyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Male? That's my guess.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The head looks feminine, but many feral males are also finely built. Looks to be a real pet.
     
  4. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tough, but I vote male.
     
  5. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a hen to me, shouldn't you release her though to be with her own kind?
     
  6. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only reason I believe the its a male is because of breast, but the beak is very feminine.
     
  7. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hen
     
  8. sport14692

    sport14692 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your brave letting it sit on your head, lol
     
  9. Count Von Chickula

    Count Von Chickula Out Of The Brooder

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    My head seems to be the only place it feels most at home.

    Thanks for the input. As predicted it's a close vote. Definitively has its own personality. A little skittish around most people, but is most accepting with me. (S)He keeps a suspicious eye on the dog, especially since that "retrieving incident" last spring when we first brought him home. :)
     
  10. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Head shape says male but the whole bird together looks girly. Of course it looks young and a lot of ferals are quite dainty looking to begin with. It may fill out more as it ages.
     

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