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How do you SEX a pigeon?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by missred871, May 27, 2011.

  1. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    So I am going to a friends farm (Linda Zeagler) to pick up some mandarins and talked her out of a few of her fantails. However, I am not too experienced in the pigeon department and neither is Linda. So I looked it up via Bing. I found several wive's tale versions and a couple that I know to be fairly true like their stance but hers kind of come and go as they please and I probably wont exactly have time or a really good look at them relaxed. So what are some definative sexing techniques I could use?
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    observation is the best route....I like to find a male...it will be the one on top during mating then put him in a cage. throw anothe bird in there....if they square off and fight usually two males if the new bird is driven around usually a hen...
     
  3. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    Quote:is this the only way? I dont know that I will have the time to figure it out this way, hmmm..... also would the males square off if they are living together? How often do they mate? I mean I am not gonna have to camp out to find a male am I?
     
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    you could always go with the nail on a sting method....lots of folks swear by it...most I know are fairly good....run about 50% accuracy

    I went through some birds a few days ago...probably like 25 or so...took about an hour and a half...but I already had some birds identified

    they are fairly active this time of year

    yes I did it with birds that have been together...you put them in close proximity and cramp their style things happen
     
  5. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell by the vent bones,feel the vents,a female's vent bones will be wider(farther apart) than a males.It's not 100% but it's usually pretty accurate.
     
  6. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought one of those sex indicators from foys. It's pretty accurate. More than 50% LOL
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2011
  7. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i always watch the way they interact with each other... like they said, two males will fight or at least start quacking at one another... males do an entire 360° turn sweeping their tails on the floor... if a hen decides to quack, she will only do half a turn or so... but i also vent sex just to be sure... [​IMG]
     
  8. Towman72gmc

    Towman72gmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Infant nasal spectulem(?spelling). Insert in vent and look at the reproductive organs. Works 100% on adult birds.
     
  9. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    so Towman where can I find this speculum? lol I know how to vent sex other birds but can you vent sex a pigeon the same way?
     
  10. sport14692

    sport14692 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What the heck is this?
     

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