IM CONFUSED ABOUT MY TWO PIGEONS

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by 210175, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. 210175

    210175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 2 pigeons btu they are very confusing. when they mate they both kiss which is normal and when the male pigeon jumps on the female it is fine but the funny thing is the female will then jump on the male and i am not confident that it is ment to happen and it is very confusing, It has been a week and still no eggs so i am not exact on what is happening.

    If anyone knows what is happening please tell me and i will be so happy. Thanks
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    You may have 2 male pigeons. I have had pigeons for decades and the only thing that I am sure of when it comes to sexing birds is

    Quote: You could post pictures and I could give you my best educated guess as to which one is male and female but in reality that is all it would be and educated guess.

    You could isolate both birds and put in a know female (one that laid an egg LOL) and watch how each bird performs while in its company. My experience in getting sexing advise in pairing pigeons has always been from another pigeon of a know sex (they are the true experts in that realm).

    In my situation I paired up two birds that I thought was male and female (it is not my first rodeo I would like to remind you) and for weeks I thought it was just a matter of time that the first egg will appear and I was right! Trouble is in just a matter of 2 more weeks I had 4 eggs.

    Quote: and I have not been able to break their bond to date!

    You could try this method some people swear by it (I personally would not bet the farm on it).



    Just be patient and keep trying eventually (law of averages) you will get it right. Females in my experience take a little more time to mature than males.

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    This is what a mated pair should look like the male is on the right slightly larger and more iridescent; More vocal; Strut in semicircles when in the company of a female fans its tail and charge the female to get her attention.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It is not at all unusual for some hens to mount their mates. Has the one that you think is male started driving the other? Generally once a cock starts driving a hen she will lay within about 10 days in my experience. It is possible as Hokum stated that you may have 2 males that are paired or even two females. If two females you will eventually have four eggs in the nest.
     
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  4. 210175

    210175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the male one is 10 years old and the other one is three months old. the male has got those big nostrils, so he is definitely male but the female has a little nostril and i have been told if the nostrill is big its a male. so im quite accurate that one is female and the old one is male. But to answer the question yes it has be driving the female and the female which is three months always follows the male. I also made them a nest but instead of the female going in the big male goes in and then the female will go in and they sleep togeather is that also normal.

    thankyou for you previous answer
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Part of the pair bonding ritual includes the male selecting a nest site, entering and calling to the hen to come in. If she 'likes' his choice she will eventually stay there and he will start bringing nesting materials to her so that she can form a nest. Sleeping together in the nest is quite normal. The 'nostril' or cere may or may not be large in either sex depending upon the breed of pigeon. 3 months old may be somewhat young for a hen to start laying eggs. Depending upon the breed it may take longer for her to mature.
     
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  6. 210175

    210175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou for all your help, I am not confused anymore.
     

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