General Pigeon Care Instructions???

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX

    XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am clueless when it comes to pigeons, and a young pair was just given to me. He called them "Feather-neck Fancies". What kind of care, housing, etc do they need? I am a chicken person so I have no IDEA what i just got into! O,o
     
  2. Lofty Dreams

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    With the housing it should be like chickens, damp and pest free, well venalaited and space to spread their wings and sunlight. However pigeons should have perches the perches that you chickens use might be fine as long as the birds don't get to agressisve however box perches [ box shaped] or V- shaped perchs are suggested.
    Also with chickens and pigeons they should be parisite free, with lice I give them a bath using human lice shampoo and some people worm their pigeons.
    They should be feed a well-balenced diet, I feed the Breeders mix before I used to feed them pellets. Acording to some corn should be added to the mix during the winter, black oil sunflowers are rich in protein and my Birmingham Rollers love them.
    They can be kept with small bantamn chickens although their may be some problems like the young squabs falling out of the nests and getting pecked.
    IF you are going to put a shallow bathing dish in the pigeons pen during the summer change it daily, and make sure no squabs fall in and drown.
    Baby Pigeons are called squabs and should be feed by their parents, it is sometimes rather diffucult tohand raise the squabs because of the special nutrition they get when feed by their parents, Of all the 8 squabs I hand raised only one lived to breeding age. If you do decide to hand feed them if the parents were to die you could use Exact a formula ment for baby birds

    The information above is for pigeons in gerneral, depending upon the breed adjustments might have to be made.
    Can I please see a picture of the "Feather-neck Fancies" . .
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Squabs are ones to be eaten , others are called squeekers...A squab is meat ....just like pork is meat from a pig.









    Squab is the meat of a young pigeon. Usually they've been alive just long enough to have grown to adult size but have not yet flown
     
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  4. old*cowboy

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    A squab is a baby pigeon, not just meat. All baby pigeons are sqaubs. Squeekers are a couple weeks old or so when squabs start squeeking for their parants attention. People eat pigeons of all ages, but squabs that are from bigger breeds, when they are just about old enough to wean from parants are the tenderous. Also when a squab is ready to leave the nest, before it is on the floor and flying is the tenderous and biggest it will ever be. Thus being the most sought after for eating. Lofty Dreams did a good job on basic raising. I let my pigeons bath in water that I have thrown a hand full of borax in. This keeps external pest at bay pretty good. Each pair should be provided 2 nest boxes as they will lay eggs again before the first ones leave the nest. Most important thing with pigeons. Have fun with them.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    old*cowboy :

    A squab is a baby pigeon, not just meat. All baby pigeons are sqaubs. Squeekers are a couple weeks old or so when squabs start squeeking for their parants attention. People eat pigeons of all ages, but squabs that are from bigger breeds, when they are just about old enough to wean from parants are the tenderous. Also when a squab is ready to leave the nest, before it is on the floor and flying is the tenderous and biggest it will ever be. Thus being the most sought after for eating. Lofty Dreams did a good job on basic raising. I let my pigeons bath in water that I have thrown a hand full of borax in. This keeps external pest at bay pretty good. Each pair should be provided 2 nest boxes as they will lay eggs again before the first ones leave the nest. Most important thing with pigeons. Have fun with them.

    Disagree even squeeker a few days old make the squeeking noise....squab is pigeon meat ,just like pork is pig meat. It is also young raised for meat birds.​
     
  6. old*cowboy

    old*cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SquabFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search
    Look up squab in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

    Squab may refer to:

    A young domestic pigeon
    Squab (food), the meat from such a bird
    A cushion for a chair or couch
    Squab, California, in Napa County
    My post was to give a new guy a little advise on raising pigeons, not to debate what you call squab or what I call squab. Apparantly the word covers both. As for what age a baby pigeon becomes a squeeker, again, not what post was about.
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    old*cowboy :

    SquabFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search
    Look up squab in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

    Squab may refer to:

    A young domestic pigeon
    Squab (food), the meat from such a bird
    A cushion for a chair or couch
    Squab, California, in Napa County
    My post was to give a new guy a little advise on raising pigeons, not to debate what you call squab or what I call squab. Apparantly the word covers both. As for what age a baby pigeon becomes a squeeker, again, not what post was about.

    true , but learning what to call pigeon ,for those new to pigeon. Thats is part of learning.

    i hope you don't trust Wikipedia...lot of false info on their site.

    For a fact squab was used when people were taken the wild passager pigeon young , that were the name squab came from for pigeon meat.

    There are breeds that are used to produce squabs.

    People started calling squeeker, squab incorrectly. Without correcting those knew to pigeon, calling them wrong, the proper term will never get used.

    "Squab is a young pigeon raised for meat, or the pigeon meat."​
     

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