How do pigeons multiply

BREED WINGS - TANJA MEIER

 

Crucial for breeding success

 

The ability of pigeons to reproduce naturally begins with the sexual maturity of the male and female pigeons. With domestic pigeons, nature created this miracle very early on. On the way there, they “molt”; In doing so, as a result of the change of feathers, they take off their childhood clothes, the voices of the adult males become audibly more masculine and they can hardly be intimidated if an older conspecific comes too close to them. You stand up to him.

When pressured, the young females react confidently. If they are courted, they are more and more flirtatious, particularly appealing to applicants from their side that rejects sympathy. Racial predispositions and the physical condition of the individual are influential prerequisites that determine the timing of sexual development. It is not uncommon for young pigeons to raise a brood by the end of the year. Ultimately, it depends on when they see the light of day. Born into a sunlit spring, one can expect a quick “finish”. After all, the pigeons are among the fastest growing vertebrates.

As far as the ability of the domesticated (rock) pigeons, our (commercial) house pigeons, to reproduce is concerned, after a selective selection they are now in the pet stall and, thanks to the care of their keepers, an exception. However, left to free life, they need a longer period of development until their life-crowning act of reproducing is achieved. Your ancestors usually need up to two years to do this.

Has a couple found each other? With the help of the breeder - as is customary in pedigree pigeon breeding - partners (forcibly) mated, the reproductive rituals are repeated from time to time before each new clutch. There are no extraordinary differences from breed to breed. Rather, the temperament differs. Pigeons of heavier breeds Breeds appear cautious, while the representatives of the lighter breeds are noticeably more dynamic - ring racers try, as is typical of the breed, to woo the hen with great attention in their own way.

The breeder will have to adjust to this: The conditions for the success of the breeding of his pigeons - that of the quality is another topic - simply have to be right, as it says in the breeder's batch. Accommodation and care are not everything to meet the needs of these birds. Uncomplicated freedom has to be created. Above all, overstaffing the field - the greatest of all evils in any animal husbandry - is to be avoided so that nesting places and seating are available in sufficient numbers.

Furthermore, the functionality of both the breeding loft and the aviary facility must be checked, to what extent the living space available meets the living conditions of their residents. Perches that are too high for breeds that are not willing to fly or resting places that are too close to each other and which are detrimental to the quality of stay for sensitive pets need to be corrected. The motto is to equip the artificially imitated habitats according to race.

Restricted freedom of movement prevents the pigeons from exercising their own behavioral mechanisms. In the event of oppression, therefore, its easing would result from it; because narrowness brings constraints, it triggers psychological pressure on the entire population. Loss of activity is increasing and susceptibility to disease is to be feared.

The mating event actually includes rituals that are so diverse nowhere else than in the bird world. Original behavior peculiarities of the ancestors, to be found again in specific flight games of some races, such as ring flapping, wing spots, etc., are finally stimulating components that prepare the climax of the sexual union, fertilization.

A process that is to be favored by the pigeon fancier in the way of keeping. As a result, he must offer his animals a breed-fair basis if they are to be able to reproduce for generations to come, taking into account the demands on their environment.

Therefore, the demand of the SV of the ring racquet pigeons could not have been more intelligent: Without a recorded participation in the ring racquet competition, there would be no championship honors in the exhibition cage. A wise decision in favor of the breed-specific definition. A mode recommended for imitation. Could make school - to the blessing of many races!

Such reproductive details can only be observed in free flight or in generous, i.e. in such breeding facilities where the occupants have enough leeway. Such a spectacle is a real feast for the eyes, which breeders also enjoy. How else could the affections of our pigeons have found expression in the arts so honored by men? Like the turtling of the pigeons, it brings lovers together. Balm for the soul - for everyone.

 

 

Source: Poultry Newspaper