Pigeon Life Cycle

Pigeon Life Cycle

To help you understand what to expect from your pigeons, we will briefly follow them for one year. Because a year is a long time and many things can and will happen it will be impossible to explain everything. We will just explain the basics. Also, please remember that there are very many ways to keep, raise, and train pigeons. When you are ready for more information, go and ask a good flier. They are almost always ready to help you. Remember, they enjoy raising and racing pigeons. They also know that the sport of racing pigeons continues through new members.

As the amount of daylight increases in the Spring, hormones inside the pigeons get the birds excited. Cock birds ( boy pigeons ) will begin to puff up their chests and fan their tails as they chase the hens ( girl pigeons ) around the loft. The hens also get turned on, so to speak, and get ready to make eggs. By Valentines Day, many fanciers are ready to mate their birds.

Most fanciers spend many Winter nights planning on which cocks and hens are to be mated together. When the day comes to mate their pairs together, most fanciers place their planned pairs inside the nest boxes and lock them up. The cock birds might get so excited that they will scalp their hens. To prevent this, it is helpful to place a brick inside one corner of the nest. This allows the hen to stand above the cock and saver her from a possible pecking. The next day, you let them out to feed and stretch. After they have had a chance to feed and stretch, you lock them up again. After several days, they will begin to pair up. Most become paired up after just a few days. Some may go as long as two weeks, and there are a few that will never become paired. Fortunately those are few and far between.

For extended learning be sure to check out the Pigeon Racing Formula by clicking here which will take you deeper inside the science of the sport and be sure to sign up for the Pigeon Insider newsletter by clicking here which is full of advanced how-to information. And as always if you have any questions just let us know by clicking here  or by posting your comments below and we will try to get them answered for you.

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  1. #1 by Muhammad Naeem on May 9, 2010 - 11:56 am

    Dear sir i live in pakistan and in pakistan my city is quetta here i have a racing pigeon club which is invented by me i want to ask one question that our city where we base that is on height of 5400ft from sea level and out city is a valley here we do races which is hardly 300km and i want to tell you that every 100km our climate weather changes and the temperature raise suppose in our city temp is -15 and at 200km +25 so kindly help me as i am also a general secretary of my club which is suitable season for us and what will be the right months to race the birds in our hilly areas thanking you and waiting for your positive responce.

  2. #2 by jerry on April 21, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    nice pigeon i love pigeon very very love………….

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