If you’re a pigeon breeder you may be looking for ways to increase the speed at which your pigeons produce offspring.
In this article, we will explore some breeding techniques that tend to result in higher reproductive rates.
To summarise, the key to speeding up the rate at which your pigeons breed is to ensure that everything about their environment is conducive to mating.
Keep reading to find out how to do this:
1. Improve Their Living Environment
A good pigeon loft helps your pigeon to feel safe, secure and at ease.
If your pigeon loft is primarily made from chicken wire this means that cats and other predators will be able to see directly in, this will unsettle them and can disturb their laying/breeding cycle.
A good pigeon coop which is conducive to a fast breeding rate should have the following:
- Privacy – there should be at least one part of the coop which predators cannot see into so that your pigeons can feel safe and secure.
- Shelter – if your coop is exposed to the wind you need to ensure that part of it offers some protection from the weather.
- Good nesting materials available – providing your pigeon with good quality nesting materials is a good idea too if you want to encourage them to lay more frequently. Tobacco stalks are said to be one of the best nesting materials for pigeons as they are anti-parasitic.
2. Make Sure Their Diet Is Good
Good quality pigeon food helps to keep your pigeons fit, healthy and ready to mate and lay eggs.
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A bird-seed mix designed specifically for pigeons is your best bet.
Sprouted seeds can also be a good addition to your pigeon’s diet from time to time.
In addition to seeds some grains should also be included in your pigeon’s diet.
3. Give Them Time To Pair Up
In breeding it’s not enough to just throw a bunch of pigeons together and hope for the best.
You need to make sure you have given your pigeons adequate time and space to properly pair up.
Pigeons mate for life so they like to take their time getting to know a potential partner before anything happens.
Pigeon pairing can take between a day to a week, if you have two pigeons that you want to pair we advise you give them their own private cage so that they can take their time to get to know each other.
Give them a coop that has all they need in it and they feel comfortable in (as in step one) this may (though not necessarily) help speed up the courtship.
Egg Laying Speed
Pigeons can lay up to 24 eggs in a year, however most female pigeons will lay less than this.
If the pigeon has not been paired they usually won’t lay more than one egg.
Paired pigeons almost always lay two eggs, but in rare cases may lay three.
It is extremely rare for a pigeon to lay four eggs but it has been known to happen.
24 eggs in a year equates to 12 cycles of two eggs each.
If your pigeon is producing this many eggs then it is unlikely that changing their environment or food will do anything to speed up their rate of reproduction as they physically can’t produce eggs much faster than they already are.
Compared to many birds pigeons do breed quite easily and quickly but sometimes there’s not a lot you can do to speed up that breeding rate.
By providing a secure, sheltered coop giving them time to properly pair up and ensuring that they have a high quality diet you are doing everything necessary to give them the best possible breeding environment.