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if only one yb could be possible but a big strain on one bird , they general loose intrest if hen not there , all depends if he likes rearing each bird is different ;) cant you foster it to a broody hen else where ?

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Hi oldyellow,

The only other available nest I have is of some 2 day old youngsters and putting this 5 day old chick in would lessen their chances I guess.

At the moment I dont have a problem as I still have the hen from this single chick pair but I wanted to try and break her to my loft, one of my clubmates said best time to try would be when she is on a small youngster, shes had 1 round in the loft already. I was just wanting to know if she didnt come back if the cock would look after the youngster.

Perhaps I would be best to wait till she lays again and set her on dummy eggs and then try breaking her

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I think your idea is sound, but you do run the risk of losing the hen and the youngster doing it now. My opinion, a cock is more likely to look after a big youngster than a small one, so it may be better leaving it a week or so until the pair are looking at each other again, and you can let both of them out together on their own, the cock will keep an eye on his hen, and follow her wherever she goes.

 

Breaking pigeons is always a tense time for fanciers. :unsure: Good luck.

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:rolleyes: what is the meaning here the word "break",heihei...

 

Just a local term for settling a bird into its new home. :) Not sure where the term comes from originally, maybe short for 'breaking the bird's bond with its old home'?

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Hi oldyellow,

The only other available nest I have is of some 2 day old youngsters and putting this 5 day old chick in would lessen their chances I guess.

At the moment I dont have a problem as I still have the hen from this single chick pair but I wanted to try and break her to my loft, one of my clubmates said best time to try would be when she is on a small youngster, shes had 1 round in the loft already. I was just wanting to know if she didnt come back if the cock would look after the youngster.

Perhaps I would be best to wait till she lays again and set her on dummy eggs and then try breaking her

 

my thoughts are that this would be the best time to break this hen,,,,,,providing this hen has flown out b4 from a previous loft,,,, and not from a stud,, pigeons from a stud have never really see the light of day, and most are very difficult to break, as this hens already reared in your loft, and hopefully been able to see outside your loft, [and hopefully not from a stud ,i,e the birds flown out b4,,, with a little caution a little luck, hopefully the bird would return, thus resolve your anticipated problem, if not,i would think the cock bird would bring up this y,b , but would put a strain on both cock and yb,, good luck

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