pairing pigeons

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by thebirdfarm, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. thebirdfarm

    thebirdfarm In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2009
    I got some king pigeons and the gentlemen I got them from told me that you have to pair pigeons. He was also trying to explain to me how he could tell males from females by watching their habits. Well I watched them and don't see any difference, so I was wondering if they would ever just pair up on their own?
  2. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    They will pair up on their own. If you want to tell male from female, the easiest way (for me) is to watch them from a distance. When they coo, males will turn a complete circle, females do not. That's how I always did it.
    If you want to pair them in a certain way for selective breeding, figure out your males from females (I love zip ties for identifying different birds) then cage the birds separatly from the flock in couples. They usually set up housekeeping in short order. I have only very seldom seen doves or pigeons not like each other. They are so much easier to pair than parrots! (although, I have seen doves, pigeons and parrots 'cheat' on their spouses - so much for mating for life, huh?)
    Best wishes!
  3. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    Depending on age and individual personality, habits may not always work. I have seen some very mellow boys, and some very aggressive hens (especially if they have been kept in a hen section until now). Also, most pigeons will stand their ground, regardless of sex, when it comes to defending a box or perch from other pairs or birds.
    Pigeons will pair up on their own, but if for whatever reason you want certain birds together, just put the pair in a separate cage away from the others. Provide a nest box or bowl, and once you see them flirting or sitting in the box/bowl together, you can put them back with the others. Flirting would be preening each other and 'kissing'. You'll also notice some courtship dancing from the male (which they may do anyways just to show off to the ladies) and acceptance from the hen (versus trying to get away from him).

    Other than how they act, I determine sex by their pelvic bones. At the vent you'll feel two bones come together in a 'V'. If they are touching or very close together and won't budge, it's a cockbird. If there is a space (usually large enough to fit a finger between...although I'm a girl so if you have big hands, may not apply, haha) and the bones are easy to move (don't push on them too hard, just gentle), it's a hen. Young hens that haven't laid yet can be very tight, so this kind of sexing works best for birds 5-6 months old and up. Some birds have also been bred to have tight vents so...they can be a bit deceiving. I've usually only found that in racing pigeons though, because that's one of the traits some people believe are beneficial. With kings, this method shouldn't give you any problems.

    One more thing to keep in mind, if they are new birds, it will take them a while to settle down and show interest in each other.
  4. thebirdfarm

    thebirdfarm In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2009
    thanks for the replies. That is exactly the information I needed to know. I can always count on bycers.

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