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Posted 13th October 2016, 08:34 PM
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FEATHER PLUCKING


I have a 16-month old formerly feral female, now tame, who has pulled out a nice little pile of feathers over the past couple of days. They're almost all white, and seem to come from her undercoat. She's laid several clutches of eggs (none fertilized) over the past six months, and I wonder if she intends to line her next nest with them. I've been saving them just in case. Any ideas?
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Posted 14th October 2016, 12:24 PM
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I have a 16-month old formerly feral female, now tame, who has pulled out a nice little pile of feathers over the past couple of days. They're almost all white, and seem to come from her undercoat. She's laid several clutches of eggs (none fertilized) over the past six months, and I wonder if she intends to line her next nest with them. I've been saving them just in case. Any ideas?
Pigeons in general do not use the soft undercoat feathers for building the nests (unlike other birds like finches which are nest makers and use soft feathers at the inner core of the nest). Pigeons though use the long feathers when they do not have adequate nesting material (like small twigs/sticks, hay, shredded paper, shredded leaves, coconut fiber, etc.).

Your pigeon might be going through a molting, you can also check if the pigeon has any feather mites.
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Pigeons in general do not use the soft undercoat feathers for building the nests (unlike other birds like finches which are nest makers and use soft feathers at the inner core of the nest). Pigeons though use the long feathers when they do not have adequate nesting material (like small twigs/sticks, hay, shredded paper, shredded leaves, coconut fiber, etc.).

Your pigeon might be going through a molting, you can also check if the pigeon has any feather mites.
^ Exactly
As a matter of fact, I sweep up some of my birds softer feathers and toss them outside for the small birds that come to my feeders. It's fun to watch them collect them for their nests in the springtime and early summer. Some of my pigeons on the other hand, do collect the flight feathers of the other birds when they molt, and add them to their nests.
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Posted 27th February 2017, 05:50 AM
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Pigeons in general do not use the soft undercoat feathers for building the nests (unlike other birds like finches which are nest makers and use soft feathers at the inner core of the nest). Pigeons though use the long feathers when they do not have adequate nesting material (like small twigs/sticks, hay, shredded paper, shredded leaves, coconut fiber, etc.).

Your pigeon might be going through a molting, you can also check if the pigeon has any feather mites.
sir i plucked my indian fantail pigeons feathers two times its bleeding .so i completely plucked the bleeding feather now it will grow sir?.How much time it will take to grow?
please help me
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Why are you plucking his feathers?
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