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Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by husso, Mar 4, 2016.
My pigeon has thankfully decided to lay eggs
To my dear backyardchicken freinds im not sure if its normal but my doves have seem to lost appetite after laying there eggs and any advice if i should let them out as much as i used to before thanks
Also since the female has laid the egg the male has been sitting on it ,
I am happy for you backyard buddy. Things are going according to plan. Your birds are content as proven by the arrival of their first eggs.
I would not change your routine it is working do not try and fix it. You can expect a second egg to arrive in a day or so and the eggs to hatch in 19+- days. Both the parents will continue to incubate the eggs with the female doing the night and morning shift.
You can expect your pair to start a second clutch of eggs in about 2 -3 weeks after the eggs hatch with the male doing most of the feeding of the squabs.
Some fanciers only allow their breeders to raise 3 clutches of eggs a year and switch out their eggs with boiled or artificial substitutes.
It is OK to handle and inspect your eggs to candle and return them immediately to the nest. It is alright to handle the squabs after they hatch and return them immediately to the nest.
tamper with the nest no matter how soiled the area becomes until the squabs are completely fledged. The parents will sometimes abandon the squabs take it from some who learned the hard way.
Wow are you serious so they will lay eggs again and does this continue so they will lay eggs every months ? Im more then happy for them to carry on
Also another question what colour would the chicks be as youve seen before male is pure white and female is white with a grey neck
In a perfect world your squabs should be solid white or maybe white with a few splash feathers.
Now that I said that these are some of the squabs I raised from parents that were solid white homers.
In other words recessive genes sometimes play a major role in the colouring of a pigeon. Pigeons were bred for the brown colouration in order to finally get white. Depending on the paring you can sometimes get only solid whites from solid whites. Then depending on the paring solid white parents can sometimes give every colour of the rainbow when they raise their young.
Unless you have parents of the same colour from a bloodline that had bred true in colour for generations my guess is spin the wheel and see what colour will show up next.
They'll lay again after squeakers are two weeks old, and should be given second nest week before to do so, they then will lay in first nest again when second set of young reach two weeks.
I've found when letting some come and go to do own thing.. This is most natural and calm assured way raising pigeons. I've seen young scalped and worse, n kicked out to soon of other's birds cause of fighting for nests.
Thankfully i only have a pair so there shoudlnt be a nest problem