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Wondering if anyone has any tricks to tell the sex of a pigeon. I see you can buy a device that tells the sex, does it work?
 

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No sexing devices, pieces of metal on string, etc. they do not work. Sexing by behavior, feel of vent space and of course hens lay eggs (usually). : )
 

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I would have to beg the point there,I sex all my Pigeons,with a bit of string & a
Magnet.Now not all people have the Nack of doing it,a couple of the blokes in my club,that get no reaction at all.I use a fridge magnet.I cut it in half & put the 2 pcs together & drill hole the other end & put a light pcs of string through it,the
other end I have a bit of a point.When I ring my Squeakers,I put the ever rings
in the hens & odds on the cocks.On the odd ocaision,when they are both the same sex, I have been proven right.But as I said,not all people dose it work for.:D
 

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I can only speak for myself, But with almost 40 years around certain Pigeons I can tell if it’s a Cock or a Hen… But I do have to admit its only around certain breeds Tipplers or NY Flights young or old and related breeds About 95% of the time, I do have alittle trouble with young Homers, But I never had or cared for homers..!.. In my case, I can say it took me around the first ten years around pigeons to really learn this, Now I can tell just by looking at a bird if it’s a C or H… I also need to Actually see and when In doubt, Hold the bird for a closer inspection, I look at; breast, head, legs and or Body mass, size ETC… Photos can be deceiving… Its just something you pick up after years… I take my best guess :rolleyes:…lol… My Experience is my best indicator…

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It takes time to learn. Most breeds are not hard to sex. The vent bone is not allways a good way to tail. As inbred birds may have a wide vent bone. Out of shape birds will to. Young hens will have a tighter vent.. Head ,neck, body size, Is a good way also. The string and magnet or even a nail. Works to a point. Lets say giving credit 75 percent of the time. If i remember right circle motion its a hen back and forth its a cock. You hold over the back at the vent area start it in a small circle And it will sart a larger circle or slowley start swing back and forth. Some people swear by it Others do not I never used it for my self But seen several use it.
 

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If you are trying to identify the sex of a pigeon under 4 months of age, its tough, especially if its at a pet store or at another breeder's loft. I use a definite hen to find out. A cock pigeon which is healthy and well fed will strut and dance when the hen is introduced. The reverse, with a definite cock has a little more lesser chances as the cock will strut and coo to young cocks also :) If the bird is one in your loft then the behaviour during feeding, perching and picking with other birds start giving you an idea over time. I will have to admit, I have been wrong many times in identifying cock birds as hens when they are under 4 - 5 months :D

P.S: The thing with the string and metal etc., its all a chance based procedure. Over a larger community, I would give it only a 50% accuracy as the cock to hen ratio tends to 50-50 :)
 

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Sreesh,You will find that,those that can use the Magnet on a string,would be 95% correct.
Iam hoping for the 100% this season,Last season,I would of had the 100%.But I must of mixed the rings,when putting them on the squeakers.
 

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Sreesh,You will find that,those that can use the Magnet on a string,would be 95% correct.
Iam hoping for the 100% this season,Last season,I would of had the 100%.But I must of mixed the rings,when putting them on the squeakers.
Those people should be hired by the pigeon clubs for early identification of the sex of squeakers :D
 

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I would have to beg the point there,I sex all my Pigeons,with a bit of string & a
Magnet.Now not all people have the Nack of doing it,a couple of the blokes in my club,that get no reaction at all.I use a fridge magnet.I cut it in half & put the 2 pcs together & drill hole the other end & put a light pcs of string through it,the
other end I have a bit of a point.When I ring my Squeakers,I put the ever rings
in the hens & odds on the cocks.On the odd ocaision,when they are both the same sex, I have been proven right.But as I said,not all people dose it work for.:D
It has no scientific basis, my grand-daughter believes in the tooth fairy and santa claus. If you believe it works and you feel comfortable doing it then by all means keep on doing it.;)
 

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another way is to watch how they drink a male will stick most of his beak in and drink like no tommrow and a female will just barley stick her beak in and sip
 

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iv herd that you should cut down on the food ( not to stravation) and the males desire for sex is more than food and then you can find out.
( would this work)
 

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Well, I still hold to the old guys statement to me earlier to this year when this came up at the club.

"If it lays an egg it is a hen. If it doesn't lay an egg it might be a hen. Good luck."

So far all the birds that have laid eggs have turned out to be hens!
 
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