New one on me

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by sourland, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have had two c*cks mated together who fostered eggs and raised squabs. Also I have had two hens mate, foster, and raise squabs. I also had one c*ck who had two mates running separate cycles and he would mate both and help with the setting and squab raising. All that having been said, I have never had a menage a trois-- that is until now. I have 2 c*cks apparently mated to l hen. I don't know which bred her, but both took turns setting on the eggs (at the same time with no fighting?) and both are brooding and pumping the babies. 60+ years with pigeons and this is a first for me. Anyone else had a similar situation. The 2 c*cks show absolutely no aggression towards one another. I'll watch carefully when they start on the next round to see if both mate and drive the hen.
  2. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    id wonder if one is sterile and not producing hormones thats triggering the other or it to be aggressive. that said ive seen alot of odd relationships work out alot better than most "normal" and vanilla ones, so i say yay gay pigeon marriage, and who says it wouldnt work, let them be miserable just like the rest of us! lol unless of course you have noticed the supposed gay nurture excuse, and all their fosters are all gay also.. [​IMG] i have a pair of males myself that actually will attack females as well as other males, but foster well.

    i bet you could ask around with universities and such and get paid to let people hang around and study this "phenomenon" (already been done extensively with ducks, dubbed the gayest of all birds).
  3. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    Yes, I have 2 trios of doves. Both trios consist of two males and one hen. One trio has one baby, and the other is on two babies. I don't have enough hens so they share [​IMG] I also have a trio of homers in the OB loft - two hens and one cock. Both hens are mated to him, although this year he decided to favor the RC hen rather than the blue grizzle he was originally paired with (before the other hen even came into the picture). So both hens lay eggs and raise babies, however, the grizzle hen is left to take care of the eggs/babies on her own. Somehow she manages to hatch and raise them by herself. Unless he sneaks in a shift when I'm not around.

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