Pigeon courtship

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by chickenboy1, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. chickenboy1

    chickenboy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi i just bought 30 pigeons and i have them in a temporary pen and i put 4 buckets in the pen all the cocks jumped up on them and the toughest got to stay well a hen jumped up onto it and they did there courtship thing and he mated her and they dont like to leave that bucket or each other so will they have babies there or what and since I'm going to be putting them in my loft will they still be mates and will they have there nest in my loft?
     
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  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, yes and yes. Those are all signs of a mated up and ready to breed/nest pair. They are way easy to breed as you are finding out.. even a bucket will do as a nest. They will stay paired up and immediately choose a new nest spot when moved to the loft. No problem at all.

    Take away the buckets if they are going to moved within next few weeks, otherwise they are going to lay eggs and raise babies in that bucket.. you will not be able to move the eggs or babies to the loft and expect the parents to look after them. Will have to wait until the babies are fledged before moving the parents. Or you can just remove the eggs and replace with fake, in that case they can be moved any time.
     
  3. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds normal and okay. Do you have any pictures? Did you buy 30 at once?
     
  4. chickenboy1

    chickenboy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok thank you kev that i will do and they will remember eachother right? and yes i bought 30 at once but lost a few because of them flying away but its ok and i will post pics tommorrow but i had a pair mate on the ground so what will they do? also will they pick there nest boxes if i put them in the loft?
     
  5. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, they will figure that out. but if they already mated, you may want to get them situated SOON, because once she pumps that sucker out, there's no going back!
    Can't wait for the pictures!
     
  6. chickenboy1

    chickenboy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok i built the nests today and finished the loft to so all i have to do is the door and feeders and waters and im set for the move and yes i got alot of black and alot of white and reds theres alot of colors cant wait to get them to breed and see what i get!!!
     
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Pretty cool and seems you are having fun with them!

    Yes he and she will remember each other and the birds will choose their favored nest boxes- there may be some fighting especially between two boys trying to choose and own a specific nest but that is normal and they will settle it rather quickly.
     
  8. chickenboy1

    chickenboy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes i am i like them very much!!! and ok thanks if i have any more questions ill ask thanks ill keep you informed!
     
  9. chickenboy1

    chickenboy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Mostly all the birds





    [​IMG] One of MY mated pairs







    [​IMG] MY loft and the nest boxes
     
  10. gunnarwordon

    gunnarwordon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you selling any?
     

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