Is it fairly common for more than 1 pair to feed same squabs ?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by chickenzoo, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    My pigeons with the 4 squabs are down to 3. One disappeared into nowhere... just gone. Anyhow the 3 are growing good, always have full crops and then I noticed another pigeon who was not sitting on the nest, start feeding the babies... the 2 I thought were parents were just sitting to the side... watching? I've seen the one feeding the babys and sitting over them, the male I have not seen feed yet, but the other i haven't seen at all until today. Perhaps it is a female with 2 males trying for her attention ..... odd.
  2. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    I have a pair that let the baby pigeons cousin feed their daughter. What breed is it I,ve heard rollers don't care that much about feeding baby pigeons. Weird my baby pigeons disappear in minutes.
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    I have an old norwich cropper that feeds any chicks you put on the floor...
  4. we have a homer cock that will feed any young one on the floor that's begging.
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    Yes. When multiple pairs are breeding they will feed whatever hassels them enough.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Most of my roller cocks will feed any squabs that are on the floor. They will not go into another pairs' nest area, but will pump the young when they go to the floor.
  7. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    My flock always "communally" cared for the chicks. At one point there would be 5 chicks... 3 or 4 parents switching once in a while to care and feed for the chicks... [​IMG]

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