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Daniel Scuiry Daniel Scuiry is offline
Posted 17th October 2001, 09:18 AM
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What Age Do Pigeons Breed?



I know that pigeons are basically mature at about sixty days. At what age do they start breeding and laying eggs? What age do they stop doing this?

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Posted 17th October 2001, 04:48 PM
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I have had hens lay fertil eggs at 9 weeks, and others still laying after 6 years. I think pigeons can lay fertil eggs for much longer, just don't have any personal experience beyond 6 years.
Anyone else have information on this?
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Posted 17th October 2001, 07:03 PM
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The oldest hen I've seen still breeding was 11 years old. She didn't seem to have any problems. But then again, I had a hen who was four years old become egg-bound and die. Seemed that she didn't breed for six months or so, then when she tried again she didn't make it. It seems to affect the males diffrently, I have a male fantail who is 11 years old, and he's as active as ever, courts everything that moves, lol.

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Posted 17th October 2001, 07:59 PM
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Dave,
I need you to email me please. Please email me as soon as you can. Nothing important just something you might be interested in.

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Posted 18th October 2001, 02:24 AM
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David:

If you have a hen that's egg bound, warm her up and force calcium supplements, with a syringe, if need be. I've been told many times, that calcium is vital to a hen during breeding--the lack of which can even cause paralysis. Conversely, I've heard of improvement in a matter of hours, pumping calcium.

I'm not saying it would have made a difference--it's just a thought...

Sorry about your hen.

--Ray
 



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