Pigeons pecking eggs?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by nxd10, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. nxd10

    nxd10 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm having an odd problem. I have one white racer who has raised a number of clutches. She is the last, very tough, bird left of a series of pigeons who were either hit by hawks or did not return.

    I have 4 other younger birds, now breeding age.

    The older bird has been on her nest and recently laid two infertile eggs. I took them.

    A few weeks later, two other eggs appeared in the nest with the old bird. The third morning, there was nothing in the nest, but there were broken eggs one shelf up. A bird could not have done it. I assumed it was a rat/squirrel and tightened up my security.

    This morning I found one younger pigeon covered with egg yolk and a broken shell on the high shelf (not in the nest). In the NEST there was an egg with what appeared to be an obvious bird peck at the end.

    Any ideas what is going on? Could the birds be fighting for prime nesting space and breaking each others' eggs?
     
  2. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    They could........but usually they will just lay their own eggs amongst the other birds eggs.

    If the birds are not getting enough calcium then then egg shells will be very thin and easy to break. Also they will crave calcium, which may make them peck at the eggs to eat the egg shells.

    Make sure you provide calcium for them and also more nest boxes that pairs (to stop the fighting).

    If you have too few nest boxes, there is a high chance any squabs that hatch will be scalped and killed by other males as they fight over nesting areas.
     
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