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Hey y'all. I'd like to get a couple of pigeons and was wondering what breed I sould get, how old they can be, what I need, etc. Do I need a brooder box (like for chicks) or can I get them old enough that I will not need that? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Welcome!

you raise a couple points in your post...some of which, of course, lead to more questions.

1. What do you want to do with them? Show? Race? Just keep as pets?
2. No matter the breed, you will need to keep them separated from the chickens. The 2 don't mix well!! There are several members here who do have both and they can give you more details.
3. You will need a loft of some kind, with roosts and nesting boxes. Much of the :what kind & how big" will depend on where you are located, what kind of birds you end up getting, and what kind of space you have available.
4. Depending on what you intend to do with these birds, there are many sources and you might need to be specific about ages. Local Humane Societies and rehabbers often have lost birds and, if your looking for pets, age doesn't matter - consider becoming a forever home. The other end of the spectrum is serious Show or Racing plans - - - Either way, you can start with fewer than your max and will soon have babies!! Pigeons are not quite the egg machines that chickens are but you will need some "dummy eggs" to manage population control. More on that later.
5. Pigeons eat Pigeon Seed - - likely available at the feed store you currently get your chicken feed from.

Hope this helps. There will be others along soon!
 

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Welcome to Pigeon Talk! There are racing, performing and fancy breeds. It depends on what you want to do with the pigeons. Racing and performing breeds are for flying outside of the loft and fancy you can keep in a cage without ever letting them out.
 

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Hey y'all. I'd like to get a couple of pigeons and was wondering what breed I sould get, how old they can be, what I need, etc. Do I need a brooder box (like for chicks) or can I get them old enough that I will not need that? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
A number of good replies so far.....welcome to pigeon talk....and keep coming back ! :)

My experience was first with wild, feral "barn" pigeons, and then some "Fancy" pigeons. When my personal interest fired off....was a pigeon breed which can find it's way home from thousands of miles !! So, in your research, don't over look the "Homing Pigeon" or "Racing Pigeon". A very high strung, and hardy breed indeed !!

Once you have a home built for them, you will want a few 30 day old or so YB's. This does require a long term committment, as a pigeon can live well over ten years !
 
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