What's wrong with these eggs?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by nxd10, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. nxd10

    nxd10 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    Hi -

    I have 3 white racing pigeons - two females and a male, with one female and male bonded (although he is not a faithful or helpful mate). All were born in January.

    The bonded female has now laid 3 clutches of two eggs each, but none have hatched, although she sat there religiously for more than 3 weeks in each case. I've been away a few days but I know she got off the nest over the weekend and I flew them all this morning on a short, 5 miles flight.

    I opened the last four eggs this morning to see if I could figure out why they weren't hatching. They look just like little chicken eggs - white and yolk inside. Every so slight tinge of reddish - but remember, these eggs well past date. No sign of implantation or development. No bad smell. One of the eggs seemed addled - the yolk and white were mixed together, but the others weren't.

    My laying female just laid another egg. Although I'd like another bird or three (no more than 6), I don't want her exhausted or malnourished with non-productive laying.

    Is it possible the male isn't fertile (yet)? I'm interpreting this as she's fertile but the eggs aren't fertilized - either because the male isn't fertile, they didn't mate successfully, or (for all I know), all three are female and they're just faking me out.

    Any suggestions?

  2. pigeonpal

    pigeonpal Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Hello there,

    It is possible that your one male isn't fertile yet or at all. Pigeons generally reach maturity at 6 months of age so he may not be quite ready yet to fertilize his hen. I would suspect that your one mated hen or even the other two hens are laying infertile eggs, on their own at this time. Hen pigeons will often lay infertile eggs and this can be because of stimulation from an improper mating act or the ritual itself.

    Keep trying and give it some more time. [​IMG]
  3. nxd10

    nxd10 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    Thank you!
  4. nxd10

    nxd10 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    Well, she has three new eggs now. One may have gotten cold yesterday (she was off the nest and I didn't see she had laid one before I took her off for a fly). Two new ones today. The male has been in with her and more protective. We'll see what happens. Last time she laid four.
  5. larrylofts

    larrylofts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2010
    you have two hens mated togather the third bird might be a hen also sometimes hens can and act like males
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Pigeons only lay 2 eggs per clutch so if you have 3 or 4 eggs in the nest both birds are female.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011
  7. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    It's very likely that you have two hens mated together and that's why you keep getting multiple eggs that are infertile. Another case would be that both your hens are mated to the one cockbird and are laying in the same nest. But unless he is infertile, then you'd see some babies. So I'm banking on the first one.

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