Pigeon newbie questions-pls help

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by chickensioux, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was given 1 pigeon. I don't know the sex (neither did they). It is large, light gray body with dark gray head and neck (with some purple sheen). I don't even know the breed. I will be keeping it as a pet. My questions are:
    Male or female (it makes a growling noise when I pick it up)
    Breed?
    Best feed?
    What does the growling mean?
    Should it have a mate or can it be kept alone?
     
  2. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The color is blue, but almost all breeds are found in that color since it is the 'wildtype'. Can you post some pictures? [​IMG] Many birds will make the grunting sounds when you get too close or pick them up. Just depends on the personality really. I have some really cocky hens and boys that grunt at me even if I look at them wrong, LOL.
    For a pet, one bird will more easily bond to you. But a pair can be tame as well, and then you'd have some babies. If you keep it single, be prepared to be viewed as its mate in the future! [​IMG] If it's a boy, it'll sing and dance for you, and if it's a hen, it may lay eggs and expect you to help share the sitting period, haha.
     
  3. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, food wise you can get chicken pellets or wild bird seed. Just about anything you could feed a chicken would work, but the scratch grains usually don't have much of a variety to eat. If you can, get some chicken grit for it as well to help in digestion. And if you're wondering what would be good for treats, pigeons love raw peanuts and safflower seed!
     
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Mary, it is or was a racing pigeon that was found and the owner did not want it back since he was from another state (I guess). So I have it now and it will be a pet.
     

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