Is this a normal behaviour for pigeons?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by appps, May 14, 2016.

  1. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    I have a young bird that was parent reared but was hand held a fair bit to check crop etc as parents took a week to work the whole feeding thing out.

    He will fly to me if I put my hand out and crawls to me (he's a bit disabled in the leg dept) every morning to be fed. He eats out of my hand and when I try and put him back crawls and flaps straight back to me again.

    But he also attacks and growls at my hands and arms. Like he's just been sitting happily on my knee then decided to coo/growl and start trying to biting me. And he gives it his(or her) all, neck feathers up and it leaves a mark.

    So it's like he likes me and wants to be with me but also hates me and wants to attack me.

    Is he just nuts or is biting etc a normal behaviour and does he think I'm another male or something?
    Last edited: May 14, 2016
  2. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    If your bird and you same sex yes its normal as bird would see you as comfortable from hand rearing n rival to its comfy spot for mate.
  3. Silvester

    Silvester Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 10, 2012
    Milton, PA
    This sounds like my conure.
    One minute she is all snuggled up under my cupped hand and falling asleep, the next she is mad as heck and willing to fight to the death. :)
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2016
  5. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    It's a couple months since I asked this so thought I'd update. "He" (not actually sure) now has a friend who I think is a female. It cooes when it hears me talking outside and will fly out the door to me when I feed them and eat out of my hand. Occasionally though it still has the odd day when it puffs its chest up and makes a great show and noise when I talk to him, those days he is bitey. It's definatly settled compared to when it was alone though.
  6. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2013
    its a male trying to mate with you
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  7. ClarAlebrook

    ClarAlebrook Just Hatched

    Sep 11, 2016
    He sounds confused to me.. could it be possible that he's trying to gain dominant position? Just a thought..

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