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How To Breed Pigeons?

Breeding Pigeons

Breeding healthy pigeons is not a simple process. If you want to breed a healthy pigeon then there are many important steps that must be followed. The antibiotics that you use can effect on any breeding that you do. The local temperatures and food supply are a fact for pigeons to breed all year round. A pigeon reaches sexual maturity in about five, six months of age. By mastering the practice of breeding, you’ll have the ability to control the quality, quantity, and most importantly, performance. Whether you want to establish a solid reputation as a top breeder or you are looking to sell your pigeons and generate huge profits, you need to know all the facts. Take into consideration to get advices and help from experts before starting to breed pigeons.

Mating Pigeons

breeding pigeons,mating pigeons, raising pigeonsAfter mated, the male will start hunting to make a nest and rear young when found a suitable place. Many doves make nests in trees where domestic pigeons do not nest. Most fanciers (breeders) also provide a nest bowl and some nesting materials (pine needles, tobacco stems, etc.) for the birds to use. The nest bowl helps to prevent the eggs not to roll out from under the pair and chill. Both the male and the female take part in the incubation and rearing of the young. After about ten days from mating, females lay their first egg, which is usually late afternoon or early evening. In about 44 hours the second egg is laid. The incubation starts after the second laid egg. The male usually broods between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. where the female broods the rest of the time. After 18 days from the start of the incubation, hatching occurs. Youngsters are fed by both parents and here is where pigeons/doves are unique. The parents need not even leave the nest to hunt down insects, etc., as do many other genera or species. Instead, they feed their young on a glandular crop secretion called ‘pigeon milk’. It is not actually milk, and there is no lactose in it, but its production is stimulated by prolactin, the same hormone which stimulates milk production in mammals. Pigeon milk looks more like a cream-colored cottage cheese and is a high protein food which is fed to the youngsters from hatching till about ten days old when regurgitated grain and grit replace it as the major food source. Domestic pigeons usually have a seamless aluminium identity band placed on their leg at about ten days of age. This band is coded by year of hatch, club identification and a number. Youngsters fledge at about 35 days. However, when the young are about eighteen days old, the parents will often commence to renest. It is not uncommon for one round of youngsters to be fledging at the same time that next are hatching.

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