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am breeding fancy pigeons since long. Since I am a breeder so I always
looks for good breeding results. I have used both the methods for breeding
pigeons but in my own opinion single pair in one cage produces much better
results as compared to colony system. However, any body have its own ways
of breeding systems, You can correlate with the disadvantage of colony
system with the advantages of single pair and vice versa. In Pakistan most
of the cases pigeon fanciers keep their pigeons on colony system, they are
also getting good results out of this system but I have my own opinions
given at the end.
Advantages Of Breeding in Single Pair
pair will take more interest in breeding.
have more checks as what the pair is doing. This point is very
important, here comes your management and all your success in the
future depends on this point. How many chicks reared in a year,
weather the pair are good parents.
rate of hatchability of eggs increases and broken eggs diminishes due
to non interference of other pairs.
control on producing a specific color. As the chances of mating with
bossy style males stops.
growth of chick tremendously improves as the parents give more feed.
get more independently start eating food as they are made available to
them all the times.
case of viral infection it could not spread as fast as in the case of
of fights with other breeding pairs and jealously reduces a lot.
Disadvantages of breeding Single
is more time consuming and expensive method to keep one pair in one
need lot of space.
have to check the feeding and water parts on daily basis at least two
times a day.
is difficult for the pigeon keeper to get the pairs bath on regular
basis. In hot weather dead in shell is very common.
pigeons in the long run donít get exercise which is very essential
for their health being.
have observed that female pigeon if kept long in single pairs, she
stops laying eggs, it is not very common , but it do happens with my
is also difficult to give medicine in single pair system, as it need
lot of labor work and time consuming.
I may allow to give my honest opinion of breeding fancy pigeons
I must say that I will keep my pigeons in single pairs. Why,
because I got very success full results with this system. Since I am a
breeder and I am more satisfied with good breeding results. However, in
few cases where pigeon were not breeding in single pair system I put them
in colony system and they start laying eggs and also start producing
chicks too. I think management should be good.
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