My friends the pigeons: laying, incubation, fertility and egg retention



Larger and smaller size of pigeon eggs (common King VS variety). Photo: (best to go to the vet, if you wait until the female is exhausted it may be too late)

We can recognize some symptoms of the mentioned problem if we observe that the The female spends too much time in the nest without getting any results, if the cloaca is rubbed against the floor repeatedly, she is too restless, she is in a rush, she is standing upright or she feels as if she has problems standing up. We have 3 types of possible accidents : On the left, radiographs of a hen with a broken egg and stuck to the right after the operation, the chicken released from His problem that almost killed him. Photo: MALP

1. Retention of the first, second or both eggs (ovoestasis)
It can be due to fatigue due to the previous putting, lack of vitality in the wall of the oviduct or irrational or insufficient feeding.

  • Cold can be another factor as it can cause cramps or spasms in the oviduct.
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  • It can occur in the back and may not produce apparent problems especially if it is the second egg.

Too much time in the nest and makes unsuccessful efforts in vain and becomes restless ...

Evil turns into a limp of the left limb and rubs the sewer against the ground. Passenger in young females

Actions: Do not intervene except by inserting a drop of olive oil into an oviduct without a needle.

When you are in the cloaca and if you leave with a special instrument suitable you can remove it and as surely you do not have to go to the veterinarian to remove it properly. Come on, in case you do not get it GO TO THE VETERINARY. If you can pull them out with tweezers, they will touch operate.
In the photo you see two broken eggs and subsequent retention.

As we see in this photo, Pocha that had two eggs broken inside and retained, did not have good face. Bristled feather

After breaking or blocking the eggs, it starts blocking the crop. This is logical and the pigeon will vomit and begin the problems of fermentation in the crop.

They can become so uncomfortable that they fall to the ground

See the egg in the RX. Photo: Sylvia Urbanlak

Typical posture of egg retention. Photo:

See a broken egg and a whole egg in the RX. Photo: Hendrick März

See a broken egg and an entire egg in the RX. Photo: Hendrick März

You can see that the anus is not as usual, there are problems!

Applying this method, this goldfinch managed to expel these two eggs. The video shows that it was not well.

La Almunya del Sur - Andalusian botanical garden
Larger branches that can not be crushed will serve to light the wood oven in the cool afternoons and cook delicious delicacies. Set of Viola tricolor (thoughts) and Bellis perennis (in the background red flowers) Aeoniun arboreun variegata.

2. Abdominal pressure

Normally erratic and sterile egg.

Symptoms : curling and bristling feathers.

EYE: do not over-guard your females or this may Occur.

3. Prolapse of the oviduct / cloaca or both

Very rare. It may be by females overweight or overweight.

Symptoms: red-blue appendix at cloacal level.

Solution: Put mucus in place, with anesthetic ointment and disinfectant (a little)


Adding sugar will help repair prolapse. Photo:

There are usually no fertility problems in pigeons. Until 5 months more or less neither male nor female will be fertile, their first eggs being unfertilized.

So, if you are an adult and even with those eggs do not end up being born, We should ask ourselves what is wrong.

  • It may be the food , inadequate. Lack of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids needed for the good reproductive condition of our pigeons.

  • Let them be cage and sad (you know we have The banned cages) and do not show interest in eggs because of the life they lead ... do not hatch them and go.

  • Sick and this will affect your reproductive system.

  • Let's remember that if the shell is translucent it means that our female pigeon lacks calcium . P>