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Experts Share Breeding Pigeon Breeding Techniques

Currently, the French pigeon farming model is developing very strongly and being replicated across the country, bringing a good life to many families. However, in order to reap a lot of success from this model, you need to master it French pigeon breeding techniques. This is the decisive factor to the productivity of the birds and the ability to expand the farm size.

Breeding French pigeons is currently a breeding industry that receives a lot of attention
Breeding French pigeons is currently a breeding industry that receives a lot of attention

Choose French pigeons

The French pigeon originated from France and was introduced to Vietnam in the early years of the 20th century. The French pigeon differs from our pigeon in that it is larger in size and has a wagging gait. When choosing French pigeons, there are a few points to keep in mind:

The head is big, the body is balanced, the beak is split, short, the neck rings are enlarged and the roof is hunched, the distance between the 2 pelvises is narrow. The problems of deformities or moody birds are not agile, so it is natural that the article will not mention much.

Thick and silky belly hair, small head, wide pelvis

In addition, when choosing breeds, people should choose pairs of birds that have been paired and have an age of about 3 months. French pigeons have good reproduction combined with methodical care techniques, each year can lay from 8-12 litters and each litter 2 eggs.

Breed selection plays a very important role in deciding the next generation of pigeons
Breed selection plays a very important role in deciding the next generation of pigeons

Design of cages

Pigeons are particularly light-loving species and only thrive in clean, dry environments. Therefore, the design of the barn should pay attention to these two factors. In addition, the cage should have a rain cover to keep the nests dry and have partitions to avoid drafts if necessary.

Cages for breeding French pigeons are usually made of steel or wood and bamboo frames and covered with wire mesh. The size of each cage for a pair of breeding birds is about 50x50x50cm. The cages can be combined into rows and can be stacked into several floors to save space.

Pigeon cages need to be designed with ventilation, light and hygiene
Pigeon cages need to be designed with ventilation, light and hygiene

Equipment in the barn

Pigeons have a special behavior that is both raising young and laying eggs. Therefore, each breeding aviary needs to place 2 nests with a diameter of 20-25cm and a height of 8cm. The nests should be made of dry straw and kept clean at all times. In addition, pigeon eggs are the favorite food of mice, so the nesting location should limit the penetration of this pest.

The feeder for breeding pigeons consists of 2 parts, which can be made separately or split in half for a large trough. Each trough is 10-15cm long and 5-7cm wide. Feed troughs should be made of flexible plastic or soft material to avoid injury to the bird.

The water trough is placed next to the feed trough because pigeons always drink water after eating. The size of the trough can be equal to or smaller than the feed trough. However, it must still be made of flexible, soft materials.

Food for breeding French pigeons

Breeding French pigeons have different diets depending on the stage:

Child rearing stage: 120g/pair/day

Non-nursing stage: 100g/pair/day

Pigeon food consists of 2 parts:

Main food: Including grains such as rice, corn, legumes, sorghum… and bran pellets. Feed is mixed in many different proportions, this can be decided by the farmer himself. However, the recommended formula is rice – corn – beans – bran ratio 3-3-1-3.

Supplements include mineral Premix – Table salt – Small gravel in the ratio of 85 – 5 – 10.

In order for pigeons to be healthy for the breeding season, the diet needs special attention
In order for pigeons to be healthy for the breeding season, the diet needs special attention

Pigeons eat twice a day, owners should practice feeding birds on time. Usually it will be 7-8am and 2-3pm.

Next to food is water. Each individual French pigeon in the breeding period can drink 60-80ml/day. Farmers can add additional vitamins and minerals to the water to increase reproductive performance as well as improve bird health.

Caring for French pigeons during breeding

After getting used to the new cage and reaching the age of about 6 months, the birds will start to lay. People note using dry and clean straw to make nests for birds. In the first few litters, eggs may be broken due to loose straw, so you need to use a straw ring or soft braided cloth to fit snugly on the diameter of the nest. When the birds are incubating eggs, avoid making noise and reduce the light.

Some modern farms have applied the process of incubating eggs by machine as follows: when the birds lay, the real eggs are replaced with plastic eggs in the nest, the real eggs are brought into the incubator to increase the hatching rate. Then bring the baby back to the nest for the parents to adopt. Normally, the eggs will hatch after about 18 days of incubation.

With the above techniques, hundreds of households across the country have risen to riches from the French pigeon farming model. Before starting to raise this bird, people need to master the techniques of breeding birds to increase productivity, quickly multiply and expand the breeding scale. Good luck with this fairly new model!

Emilia Chaney
Emilia Chaneyhttps://agrisearch.net
My name is Emilia Chaney. I'm a social girl from Romania with a big smile and 3 passions: Agriculture, Travel and Social Media. I try to make this blog practical, full of great advice and inspiring ideas.

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