New fan tail

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by jefff120, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. jefff120

    jefff120 Out Of The Brooder

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    Tonight I bought a fantail at the local livestock auction and I have no clue what I am doing I really love the look of this bird and want to bond it to my chicken flock is this possible and if so how do I do this and if not how can I get it to bond to me
     
  2. paramount

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    I would recommend AGAINST keeping it with your chickens. Pigeons should not be kept in the same pen as chickens. This almost always ends rather badly.
     
  3. jefff120

    jefff120 Out Of The Brooder

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    How does it end badly
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  5. GuineaFowling

    GuineaFowling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could keep pigeons and doves with smaller species, such as quail but I would advise against keeping it with chickens. There is a lady who lets her fancy doves and pigeons hang out with the chickens but from what I see the smaller birds are almost always kicked and pushed (accidentally, imagine if it were purposeful) . I would only integrate the two species if they were raised together. You cant put adults with adults and expect no damage. From what I experienced with my chickens, they will try and attack any smaller bird. They seen a rock dove land in the yard and chased it off.
     
  6. paramount

    paramount Out Of The Brooder

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    Hokum and Guinea are exactly right.

    At bare minimum, the chickens will bully the pigeon endlessly.

    The worst case scenario is that they will eventually kill the pigeon and cannibalize it.

    I have seen many situations where pigeons were kept with chickens and even where they were given open freedom to come and go as they like, it was not unusual to see the chickens get into the pigeon nests to attack and kill the squabs. Often, you'd find the squabs dead on the floor and torn to pieces.

    Another thing I would never do is keep pigeons and doves together, unless you had A LOT of space for only a few birds. In closed quarters, the end result is usually scalped doves. You MIGHT get away with it if they were all weaned together as youngsters. But adults, almost never.

    I once kept some Bobwhites with some pigeons in a pen together out of necessity and that seemed to work well, except if the quail got spooked, they created a lot of pandemonium.

    I have 60 Jumbo Cotournix eggs in the incubator right now and would not even dream of housing them with my pigeons.

    As a rule, I do not even house other breeds of pigeons together unless it's by intention.

    Get a mate for your Fantail and give them their own place. They will give you plenty of pleasure.

    When I was a kid, I had a whole bunch of Tailmarked and Body Marked Fantails and used to let them out for a few hours each day to get baths and to pick up a little green food. They were well marked, but in no way show quality. I still remember those Fantails vividly and there was just something very relaxing and pleasant about watching them outside. It still sticks with me all these years later.
     

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