Pigeon Behavior examples (and dove cooing too!) - video

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Mary Of Exeter, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went out and got my ham Roadster on video, showing off. You'll hear him rattling your computer with his cooing [​IMG] As well as him fanning his tail and "driving" Porsche, even though she's already on eggs [​IMG] Poor guy. He just loves to show off to the ladies (and everyone else!). So if you were wondering what male pigeons look like when they court their hens, here's an example. All puffed up, fanned out, and dancing around in circles.

    You'll also see Porsche on her nest, telling me she's tough. The wing shaking is just a warning of a full-blown slap attack waiting for me [​IMG] Not sure if you can tell, but she's also puffing up her chest a bit, and fluffing up to look bigger as well.
    The head bobbing she does when her man comes near, is showing she aknowledges him, and is normally also part of the nest call that includes wing twitching a moaning sound (if you listen closely near 1:10, you can hear another pair making that sound in the background).
    I'm surprised she didn't grunt anymore than she did (1:56). I'll have to get a video of my hen 626...she'll grunt the entire time you're near her, even if she isn't on the nest! LOL.

    Then at 1:37, my male dove starts to bow-coo. Only without as much bowing, because they are in a tight space [​IMG] They must not like the other nest choices.


     
  2. Hankabus

    Hankabus New Egg

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    Hello Becky

    I've seen some of your posts on an other forum and it is very obvious you know your stuff.. I see in your video a pair of very nice homers, I also see a couple of ringneck doves in the same loft. I thought about putting my ringnecks in with my homers, but was afraid the larger homers would not be very welcoming towards them and might even beat them up. Have you had any problems like that or do you think it would be safe for me to put my ringnecks in the homer loft?

    Hank
     
  3. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have yet to have any big problems with them being together. There are more doves than homers, and when they started out together, I only had two homers in there with them. That may have made a difference, I don't know.
    I wouldn't put a few doves with a bunch of homers though. And make sure you have plenty of nest boxes and perches. I have 8 big nestboxes (big enough for 2 bowls) for my pigeons, and some smaller boxes for the doves, where the pigeons can't really get to them. They also have plenty of perches, although the homers seem to prefer sitting on the nest fronts (half have fronts, half are open).
    So basically as long as you have enough room for them all, they should get along. None of the birds I have with them are really that dominant. I had an extra fantail cockbird in there once, and he was full of himself. He did give some of the doves a hard time, so I quickly moved him. But the current birds, no problems [​IMG]
     
  4. Hankabus

    Hankabus New Egg

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    Thank You

    I do also have a fantail in that section, and pouter. So I will try it this summer when it warms up here. I will take the fantail out and put him in the cock section, things should work out hopefully.

    thanks again

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  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may be able to keep the fantail with them. You won't know until you try it and watch how they get along. My single boy is just very proud and thinks he owns everyone [​IMG] He's an Indian Fantail. The problem may have been solved if he had a mate, but I have yet to get him one. Single females would probably be more calm though, than the single males.
     
  6. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roadster is adorable! You're on pigeontalk, right? [​IMG] I used to be a member there but had a major downsizing of my pigeons (well in the twenties) to about 3. This is because I now have so many chickens. And quails too [​IMG]
    I'm not planning on getting any more soon though; when my last fantail male died he left a mate of 2 years. She was very lonely and bonded to a chick who sadly also passed away. She died not long after too...[​IMG]
     
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  7. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, I'm sorry about your fantails! But yes, I am on PT by the same name [​IMG]
    I love quail! They are so cute [​IMG]
     

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