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So I went to check my baby pigeons today. There are 4 of them that are perhaps less than 1-2 weeks old. When I try to reach them with my hand two of them bite back over and over just like their fathers. I have never seen such aggression before coming from such an early babies. Yes, their individual parents are bullies. I told myself not to breed them, but I caved in after letting them incubate dummy eggs for many months. Oh well! I have another 3 bullies growing up on my loft. But one of them which is the nestmate seemed to have inherited tameness from the mom.
 

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So I went to check my baby pigeons today. There are 4 of them that are perhaps less than 1-2 weeks old. When I try to reach them with my hand two of them bite back over and over just like their fathers. I have never seen such aggression before coming from such an early babies. Yes, their individual parents are bullies. I told myself not to breed them, but I caved in after letting them incubate dummy eggs for many months. Oh well! I have another 3 bullies growing up on my loft. But one of them which is the nestmate seemed to have inherited tameness from the mom.
Maybe not. I have had babies that mimicked their parents defense of the nest but after weaning them, became much more docile. Time will tell.

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So I went to check my baby pigeons today. There are 4 of them that are perhaps less than 1-2 weeks old. When I try to reach them with my hand two of them bite back over and over just like their fathers. I have never seen such aggression before coming from such an early babies. Yes, their individual parents are bullies. I told myself not to breed them, but I caved in after letting them incubate dummy eggs for many months. Oh well! I have another 3 bullies growing up on my loft. But one of them which is the nestmate seemed to have inherited tameness from the mom.
I had a baby that pecked at me and actually tried to mimick the sound of a roo-koo with peeps and squeaks (while attempting a 360 degree dance) :eek:...and he was like 20 days old. This bird did turn out to be a very aggressive male. I have also had a couple of hens who were bullies and bossed other birds around when they were young, and I thought they were boys, until they laid an egg. :eek: As Dan said, time will tell.
 

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I have or had one like this, two baby frills one was so aggressive he was biting the air before I even got close, the other very passive. they are weaned now so I used the past tense because he/she does not show that aggression now, he just peeps like the other one and acts normal now. the parent birds are not aggressive so, perhaps they will grow out of it. ? but I have heard they can inherit traits from the parent bird so time will tell.:)
 

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Their previous brothers/sister are bullies at my place. Their parents are bullies. And this new baby is even worse at such early age so that is why I am feeling the worse. I initially stopped breeding the parents because of their bulliness and their children, too, but I caved in like I mentioned. Hopefully time will lessen or change the babies behavior.
 
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