Thinking about getting pigeons…

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by fishandchix1, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. fishandchix1

    fishandchix1 Chirping

    Jul 19, 2015
    Ocean City, Maryland
    So I've been thinking about getting pigeons and I was wondering if they are compatible with chickens. I have six one week old babies currently and six hens. I have a roomy completely enclosed coop and I was wondering if that would also work for a pigeon. Do I need to put a small pool in the coop also. And I've been reading about homing pigeon's for sale at Strombergs hatchery. Do I need to train them to be a homing pigeon or are they born with homing instincts? Also could I feed them my chicken feed? And what are some good breeds for beginner pigeon owners. Should I buy them Pinioned or not? Thanks, Jagger
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    They are to a certain extent in a perfect world. My advice save your self a lot of heartache put up a small partition with a bit of chicken wire and give your pigeons their own space with a pigeon trap to control their entrances and exits to outside you will be glad you did. Chickens will cannibalize pigeons eggs and squabs given half a chance. Get young homers any other pigeon is just something to make you wish you had a homer. They come in an assortment of colours.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
  3. laughingdog

    laughingdog Songster

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    Homers/racers n rollers/tumblers, are easiest to keep.
    Homers need settling of one month to one year or no letting originals at all, depending one age and quality of homers, and they'll need to be taken on slow close tossings before you can just take far out to toss to come home. Homers need decent sized loft/coop room for some of them. Homers generally eat a fourth of cup each daily.
    Rollers need week settling before letting out to fly, and will not fly back to old owners. Each bird only needs feeding of one tablespoon a day, and they do backwards Summersaults/flips etc flying stunts n tricks. Rollers need a small only open front box coop for more, flown daily.
    Rollers are generally friendly and handleable, where homers more no touch unless tossing. I've seen n had exceptions to both.
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