Young Utility Kings

Splandry

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 25, 2014
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Youngsville Louisiana
I have a young pair of birds that set there first eggs. They are about 3 day over due. My question is are the first eggs bad sometimes? Do I just pull the eggs from the nest so she will lay more???
 
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Twistedfeather

Songster
5 Years
Feb 23, 2014
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Oregon
King pigeons are one of the hardest that I've ever seen to hatch. Every time my friend hatches hers the parents have beat on it or abandoned the eggs midway. It might be awhile before they try to hatch squabs again but maybe hold out at least a day more to see what will happen
 

loftkeeper

Songster
6 Years
Nov 7, 2013
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after 21 days I would throw them out yes young pairs some times take a few trys before getting it you can candle there eggs like chickens at 7 days and check them that way utilty kings are bred for production if they don't breed and raise a set of young once a month they are not doing there job maybe the twisted feathers friend had show king which are slow due to selection for show not production
 

jak2002003

Crowing
Oct 24, 2009
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Thailand
Wait!!!!

Sometimes they don't start to incubate the eggs properly when we think they have. I have had some hatch many days after the date I thought they would hatch.

Give them another week.. then throw them away. Waiting a few more days won't do any harm.

Unlike the other poster.. my utility kings breed and raise their squabs really well... better then some of my other breeds. I even used they to foster other squabs sometimes.
 

sourland

Broody Magician
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 3, 2009
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Experienced pairs in my experience will only hover over the first egg and not set tight until the second egg is laid. This can make it seem as if it took 19 (first egg) or 20 days (second egg). Counting from the time that the first egg was laid.
 

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