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King Pigeons for raising squabs

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by cowboy1up, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. cowboy1up

    cowboy1up Out Of The Brooder

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    Any one else out there raise squabs to eat? I have two pair of utility King pigeons that I harvest the squabs at 25-28 days. I dress them out and either prepare them for roasting or grilling, or I will freeze them for future consumption. They are delicious, tender and very nutritious...good protein. The best part is I don't have to do a thing until they are ready. Kings are larger than most pigeons except for Runts and Giant Homers. Any thoughts? I have pics if anyone interested.
     
  2. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you have 2 pairs of King pigeons... That gives you four squabs every 3-4 months? I'm just wondering. I'm also interested in pigeons for hatching quail (I think they will produce more and faster as far as meat). I don't like the idea of having to incubate and I have heard of others successfully using pigeons to hatch quail. I even heard the pigeons will give me eggs in the mean time and I figure I can always let them hatch some of their own too =)
     
  3. cowboy1up

    cowboy1up Out Of The Brooder

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    Actually I get squabs more frequently. I'm not familiar with how long quail require to hatch. A pigeon expects their eggs to hatch in about 18 days but will sit an unhatched egg longer. If quail hatch sooner, not sure how this works out. Obviously you don't want pigeons feeding quail, not that they will. Best of luck
     
  4. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh so every month and a half! That is much better than I expected!
     
  5. rickerra

    rickerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to know more about raising pigeons. That old 'Texas Pioneer utility pigeon' thread was great.

    Pictures would be very appreciated.

    What does your coop look like? Do you have a fly area with your coop?

    How did you get started? Any good books/resources you can recommend? (not as easy to find info like it is with chickens! [​IMG] )

    Cheers!
     
  6. Curtiejlee

    Curtiejlee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pigeons are super easy and fun to breed and keep! The way to start is to build a loft and purchase good quality birds from a reputable breeder. Feed them a mixture of red wheat and layer pellets during spring and summer, and feed a cracked corn and layer pellet mixture during the colder months. Mine breed from February to, occasionally December. Always supply a calcium grit, especially during the breeding season. If you we're o start keeping kings, a flight would not need to be provided as they could free fly.
     
  7. rickerra

    rickerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the larger King pigeon breed will still free fly... if given the choice? I was under the impression the larger utility breed pigeons didn't have much of a desire for flying. Or are at least content with just some outdoor aviary space.

    I live near a lake, so lots of hawks and eagles. I'm planning on building a shed this year and was imagining turning one side into a loft with aviary cages hanging off the side.

    Appreciate the info!



    P.S. 200th post... huzzah!
     
  8. Curtiejlee

    Curtiejlee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my birds free fly! Utility, homers, fancy, ornamental! I now let them out for half an hour about five days a week under my supervision. We have a terrible hawk and owl problem. Kings are about the size of larger banties so it'd need to be a pretty big aviary. My pigeon
    aviary is 6' tall, 5' wide and 10' long.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I almost lost one of my white homers to a hawk yesterday. He was right on her tail feathers for about 25 to 30 seconds (it seemed longer than that at the time). The pigeon was able to out maneuver the hawk finally and it gave up the chase. When ravens are around my older homers like to have some sport with them. Problem with that is my younger squabs sometime fall prey to ravens.
     
  10. muscovydrake101

    muscovydrake101 New Egg

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    Do you still have pigeons you would like to sell, if so I am interested depending on the price.
     

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