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My new boys

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Kleonaptra, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Finally got in touch with my pigeon club and was given two gorgeous young boys

    Meet Max
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    (That is Isha doing a little photo bomb there)

    And Razor
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    Everyones pretty standoffish at this point but Myka's doing a big "Wanna come up and see me sometime" to both of them. Donna just seems horrified and is clinging to Mr Pige, who's trying to get back to Isha, who is very unhappy! Hopefully a couple of days will see everyone happily paired up.
     
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  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are beautiful!

    What is your reason to keep pigeons (other than the fact that they are so fun :p)
     
  3. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah...Long Story!

    Back in 2008 I worked in a stable where they culled pigeons. I found Mr Pige in a feed bin at 6:30am, mostly yellow and very squabby, tucked him into my shirt, snuck upstairs to my locker, put him in an old shoebox and locked him in. In my break I raced to the local supermarket for some farax which I mixed with biscuit crumbs and water and snuck off to feed him every few hours. He then braved the inter city streets, spent over an hour on a train, and arrived home to be put in my 'emergency rescue cage'. All because I knew if someone other than me had found him, they would have promptly knocked him on the head.

    I do bird rescue (usually ferals like pigeons) and I used to breed and hand rear trained budgies and lovebirds. I quickly found Mr Pige to be just as smart as a parrot and far cleaner and more adaptable. I was in pigeon love! We wanted Mr Pige to be happy so we got him a mate, the indian fantail Isha. I assumed they would breed, but every attempt ended in failure. When I had completely given up hope, last year, they raised a single squab, which I thought was male. Forseeing many pigeons in my future, we built a very large new coop, and bought a female friend for Mike, the squab of Mr Pige and Isha.

    Once all pigeons were settled in the new coop it became clear Mike was actually a Myka, and I had 3 girls in with one boy. After my extreme luck at the auctions with Isha, and even more luck at the meat factory with Donna, I decided this time to find a reputable pigeon breeder and was given 2 unwanted cocks. So, now I have 6 pigeons! As you can see I did not really set out to do anything in particular....And yet I find myself with a little flock.

    Current situation? I must dispute this theory I have heard that 'pigeons mate for life', 'Mate for life' literally means 'One mate for life'. I would describe pigeons as far more promiscuous than that! Mr Pige and Donna have a real thing for each other, but Pige isnt prepared to leave Isha, and Isha is just miserable abou the whole 'affair'. Myka is flirting with every body, but my 2 new boys seem more worried about bathing than women....They didnt have a bath at their old place and when they arent having long luxurious baths they are looking shocked at all the rowdy behaviour!
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh yeah! I remember some of your earlier threads! So Mike is a girl?!
     
  5. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol, that's really cool!! makes me want to get some....the last paragraph is funny [​IMG] thanks for sharing!
     
  6. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yup. 2 weeks of flirting then all of a sudden disappeared into the nesting box....To lay eggs!
     
  7. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh man, I said once before we need to call Springer. Its not getting any better in there! I really feel bad for Isha she is so upset.
     
  8. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol...poor Isha :(
     
  9. Kleonaptra

    Kleonaptra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Im wondering if I should interfere. For a few days now Ive been feeling like I should take out Isha and pige and put them in their old cage for a few days. This thing with Donna is completely out of control. She never leaves Pige alone. Isha has stopped fighting with her and trying to keep Pige, she just sits on the perch all depressed with her tail drooping. When Pige tries to go back to her Donna gets in the way and flirts with him until he goes off with her.

    Max has decided he wants to be partnered and is flirting up a storm, doing constant mating dances. He chats to Myka who has disappeared into the nesting box again. Razor just doesnt know what to do. If Donna's alone, he chats to her, if Isha's alone, he chats to her, but both of them are only interested in Pige.
     
  10. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Youll have to move pairs want together, to spot that they cannot see/be seen by others, and a lot faster if cannot hear others also. works best communally keeping when seperate coops/lofts etc to only even numbers, or only one sex each, n one for young birds.. sexes in middle, n netting etc separating sexes of adults on each side. then extremely easy to sooner breed whichever way you want. The birds do best n stress least this way, and they obey and recall etc best this way also. best way I've kept mine if not wanting mating hardship heartaches.
     

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