Tips on pigeon fostering?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by ShowChick, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. ShowChick

    ShowChick New Egg

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    I have a pair of Parlour Roller pigeons who have been unsuccessful parents for about a year. The one squab they managed to hatch made its way to just over a week before passing away. Are there any breeds of pigeons that are better at raising young than others? And on a side note would anyone in Southern Oregon/Northern California be willing to sell or give me a pair?
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pigeon fostering yourself can be a major pain in the butt. Since the parents are not succesfully raising the squabs maybe you should try finding a pair that's better at raising pigeons. Heavy utility breeds of pigeon can have problems similar to heavy chickens like Cornish. They do have a commercial mix but since Pigeon's are the only birds that produce milk for their squabs that's how you have to feed them and hope they eat.
     
  3. ShowChick

    ShowChick New Egg

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    I don't want to foster them myself, I don't have the time to hand feed squabs every couple hours. I was just trying to find out if there were any specific breeds that were good at raising squabs
     
  4. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rollers homers flights are some that make great feeders even other parlors parlors sometimes need a little different loft set up may I ask how do you house your parlors
     
  5. ShowChick

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    This is our coop for the pair. You can kinda see them in there, it's small but they have plenty of space. Since they're not flighted we figured a smaller home for them was more practical. Flighted birds just feed our hawks
     
  6. paramount

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    The biggest problem with Parlors is that they are so possessed by the tumbling/rolling mechanism that it can interfere with the pair copulating, incubating eggs and even feeding their own young. Some bloodlines have far more problems than others.

    As a general rule of thumb, Birmingham Rollers, Racing Homers and Flying Flights are the most widely used breeds for fosters.

    The biggest issue with using fosters is the whole issue of timing, so far as getting one pair to lay about the same time as the next. Most books suggest only exchanging eggs that were laid within one or two days of each other. My experience, however, is that so long as the eggs that you are looking to foster are older than those of the foster pair and are not more than about 10 or so days older, the exchange can be done successfully.

    Achieving this type of timing with only a few pairs of birds can be pretty difficult unless you continually throw away the eggs of the fosters in an effort to keep them laying.

    If my impression that the only birds you have is the pair of Parlors, I have to say that merely obtaining another pair of pigeons, may prove to be rather complex.

    You and I are in the same neck of the woods. I had not really intended to sell any birds (I am short hens on my breeding team), but I may be able to cobble a pair together for you, especially if you had something to trade.
     
  7. ShowChick

    ShowChick New Egg

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    Thanks for that but I don't really want to trade birds, I love my Parlours and I've gotten really attached to them. I've been looking into shows in this area to try to find pairs, and thanks to this thread I have a better idea of what breeds to look for
     
  8. paramount

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    Actually, I was wondering if you had anything else?
     
  9. ShowChick

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    I only have two pigeons if that's what you mean. I do have two very cute Bantam Pyncheon roosters I can't keep though
     
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