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Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by dave_Cash69, Feb 20, 2009.
HOW DO YOU SEX PIGEONS?
HOW LONG AFTER THEY 'DO IT' DO THEY LAY AN EGG AND SIT ON IT?
The only way that I can tell is by watching them. Males will strut and make noises (like a grunt) to attract and impress the females. I just had a late 2008 pair to start nesting, so they take about 5-6 months before they start mating and sitting on eggs.
BTW: The hen will lay 1-2 eggs and the pair will take turns sitting on the eggs. After they hatch, they still share responsibility for the squab, but the male feeds them more.
They need to be 6 months old. Male will coo more, after they start setting the males set during the day 9 to 5 the hen 5pm till 8 am.
There are a few sex link colors, like yellows and dun, were you can sex at day old if pair right.
usually after they mate within a week u get the first egg laid and 2 days after that the second egg is laid. they will hatch 18 days from the time they start setting religously on them.
when the squeakers r about 10-12 days old they start to not sit tight on the nest. about then is when they develope their own body heat and pin feathers by a mth old they can walk and start to practice their wings to learn how to fly. they grow fast u will be amazed to see how much they grow and change in such a short time.
I've heard that you can tell by the way they drink. Males submerge their beaks and take long draughts all at once, while females take several short sips. Its an old wives tale and may not be completely accurate, but it has worked for all my pigeons. You can also tell by feeling the pelvis, males are narrower and females wider.
You can always use the old needle on a string trick! If it swings straight backand forth its a male idf it makes a circle its a female. Its called dowsing. I was told by the old pigeon man that showed me ,that if you didn't believe in it it won't work for you. Seems true. Works 99% of the time for me.My sister can't get it to swing at all !
Quote:Disagree on this old tell. 50% odd a person will be right. test this with an old friend he said he could do this. Gave him a bunch of all female homers, yep he pick more males.
Quote:I also disagree. You might as well close your eyes and point and say its a male or female.
You can feel the pelvis...a female has a wider pelvis than a male.
Males are generally larger and they have a brighter sheen to their necks, also during the spring the males will drag their tails and spread them out and coo at females while following them around. If you have breeds like Trumpeters or Laughers then you will be able to tell by the odd sounds they make.