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pigeon sitting on bantam eggs...when they hatch?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by cochinGurl, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, i have a pair of pigeons sitting on one fake pigeon egg, and one bantam egg. the bantam egg was already incubated for a week before the pigeons took over. what should i do when it hatches? can i leave it with the pigeons or will the axidently kill it by trying to force feed it? any advise would be great! [​IMG]
    thanks -cochingurl
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    A baby chick would die being raised by a pigeon. You need to remove it when it hatches, which should be in about 14 days. A pigeon egg also takes about that time to hatch, so they should be hatching around the same time. A pigeon feeds their young like other birds, but as you know, chicks are not feed directly by the hen. The chick would starve if it was left to depend on the pigeon to feed it since the chick is not "programmed" to be fed the way the pigeons are.
     
  3. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will hear the chick screaming as the pidges try to feed it. Just take it away. We had a darn crazy ass polish hen that could get into the pidges nest boxes. She would destroy their eggs and leave her own. She never ever brooded but we had more then a few off her get running around the farm. I HATED her for it.[​IMG]
     
  4. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, thanks everyone. i'll take it away when it hatches. (but not before i get a quick pic of them of corse lol ) but they should be able to keep the eggs warm enough? the bantam egg is slightly larger then the other one.
     
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they can hatch them out just fine. You can leave it in there until it dries out, but you'll want to get it into a brooder or under a broody hen ASAP. You don't want it running out of the nest and falling (if nest is elevated) or getting pecked by the other pigeons in the loft once it's on the floor. The parents won't kill it though. Obviously the chick will not stick its head up for food like a squab would, so the pigeons will be a little confused as to why their kid isn't hungry [​IMG]

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  6. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is probly the cutest pic in the world!!! thanks for your reply, im egerly awaiting the hatch day. [​IMG]
     
  7. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Will it be OK to keep a chick with the pigeon foster parents and just leave chick starter out with water?
     
  8. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no to different parent birds
     
  9. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Is there a way to make the pigeons sit on the egg without them laying their own?
     
  10. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why only way have two males paired. pigeons dont go broody without laying eggs
     
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