PIGEON INCUBATION

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dave_Cash69, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WILL A BROODY PIGEON HEN INCUBATE A FERTILE CHICKEN EGG? EG: SIT ON IT AND HATCH IT OUT?
     
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I would guess if she will stay there long enough and produce enough body heat to keep the egg warm enough. How big is your pigeon?
     
  3. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MEDIUM SIZED
    WOULD SHE SIT ON A LARGE BROWN EGG?
     
  4. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess so, your only concern might be hear producing enough heat to warm the egg
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Probably not.
     
  6. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats depressing, how about banty eggs?
     
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I don't know how to explain this, so bear with me.

    Pigeons are just... different. They live private lives and plan their own brooding and rearing schedule. If an egg is placed in their nest, they will not sit on it. I've tried with a bantam egg and they kicked it out of the nest and laid their own eggs. Sorry.
     
  8. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ohh
    okay
    thanks, that explained and cleared things up tremendously. they dont take kindly to outsiders. hah
     
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had never thought of putting chicken eggs under a pigeon and probably never would but now i know you can't
    Thanks Green Family Farm. [​IMG]
     
  10. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Just a thought, but, you might can try this and see how it works. Heck, I may try and see what happens!

    Wait until they start sitting on the egg(s). When they get off the nest to eat/drink, swap the eggs! Bantam eggs are about the same size and color as the pigeon eggs so this may work.

    I didn't mean to be a discourager, but pigeons are just plain picky. I read somewhere that they have the intelligence of a 5 year old, but I don't know the truth of that.

    Good luck!

    ETA: Pigeon eggs take about 18 days to hatch vs. 21 days for a chicken. Close!
     
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