Pigeons hatching chicken eggs!

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by jennifer, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. jennifer

    jennifer New Member

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    So I have been pet sitting next door- which is across the woods.. He has a pigeon house. I am going to slip a few eggs in and see if they hatch them! I have no broody here but want to see if this works. They can stay in the pigeon house after they hatch in a separate area.. Anybody heard of this?
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    I have never heard of this, so I googled a bit. Pigeons hatch their eggs in 17 - 19 eggs, so this might be an issue. Since the instincts tell the pigeon they don't need to site 21 days. Pigeon eggs develop with 98.4 -100.4 degrees so this is different as well. With chicken eggs even a fluctuation of a degree can change the outcome of the hatch. Also I would assume the egg size would be a big factor too and if the pigeon can get the egg/s under them. Interesting thought though. Keep us posted.
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    If the pigeon did hatched them you would have to put them in a brooder, I would think. The pigeon feeds her little ones with pigeon milk not by pecking.
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, the feeding thing could really knock this idea off the rails. Pigeon peeps have a completely different nutrition need than chicken peeps.
     
  5. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    The feeding was the first thing that popped into my mind ... along with a number of other things.

    They are different in so many ways. (sorry) While I can see a mom hatching an (small) egg or two that is about as far as it can go... The runt
    pigeon had a egg about the size of small banty. (That was about it)

    But it would not be able to raise it, even if it did hatch it.

    Best of luck...