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Posted 10th February 2009, 02:06 PM
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weaning young pigeons


at what age do you wean young homing pigeons


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at what age do you wean young homing pigeons


I wean mine between 28 and 30 days old. You must make sure that they are eating and drinking though and they won't learn how to do that if they're stuck in a nest box all day with Dad feeding them. If you put a bowl of feed in the nest box, those babies will learn to eat at around 17 to 18 days old. That give them 10 good days to "practice" before you take them away from the parents.
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The age can vary a little depending on the bird and how fast it grew. If it can eat/drink on its own, and the quills under the wings have opened up, it can be weaned.
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I do it like Renee. The earliest I've weaned a bird was 17 days because it was being pecked on. But that bird is exceptional because he learned fast and pecked/wing slap. Some of the adult cocks go to the nest box and pecked him. Parents can't always watch them.
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You have pictures of the bird when you wean it.
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Soooo....I need to actively removed baby from the nest? The parents don't wean the young on their own?
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Soooo....I need to actively removed baby from the nest? The parents don't wean the young on their own?
well I think it depends, if you race and working on the next round of eggs then they are removed, if you have pets or fancy pigeons and not another section to put the young ones in then you can leave it . I had to do this with my seraphim, I did not have a spot for it so he stayed with the parents for a loooong time, he was such a baby. the parents even let him stay with them in the nest box to hatch another egg and still fed him way after he was old enough to eat on his own, he finally got weaned when the other younger baby got his feathers, but sometimes he begged his dad for food still, his dad was very patient to say the least. of course if he was being picked on hard I would of had to do something else.
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