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 Post subject: Squab
PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:10 am 
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I'm toying with the idea of keeping pigeons and breeding them as table birds.

I was wondering if anyone that any advice or knew of any breeders or associations in the NSW/ACT area.

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:48 pm 
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My next-door neighbour breeds pigeons and I believe that some of his birds are a meat variety.

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:36 pm 
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Fabulous! Would you mind putting asking him on my behalf and maybe putting us in touch? Happy to provide my details via pm :-D


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:14 am 
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He Rez
Chap down the road from me breeds squabs. Nice birds too. Have eaten many of the offspring. He has been trying to sell them as he is over the processing of them. I could put you in touch with him if you are interested. They are in the Ashford district, northern nsw.

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
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Rez, sure, next time I see him I'll ask him about his birds for you. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
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Hi Rez

I recommend you use King Pigeons of Modenas.


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:32 pm 
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Carneau, Mondain, or Montauben possibly preferable choices than Modenas for table birds?


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:15 pm 
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Rez

What you need to do is decide what size dressed you want and then you can decide on the breeds to use.

The best results are cross breds as they are more reliable and far more fertile.

a good combo is Carneau or King with a bit of Modena for body shape plus good sized homers for fertility and long breeding life.

Keep the best looking youngsters over a time and develop your own breeding pen. Also try for whites as they have lighter skin and pluck a little easier.

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:21 pm 
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Thanks Guys! I appreciate the info :)


I definitely need to do a bit of research before I get started.


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:15 am 
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Does anyone know if there is a formula you can get to substitute for pigeon milk so you could incubate ?


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:56 pm 
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Yes, there is I think a substitute formula. I did some research on hand rearing pigeons/doves when the German Beauty Homers I have weren't doing such a good job of it after the first week. There are some youtube clips if you do a search under hand feeding squabs or similar. One substitute formula is called "MacMilk". I don't know if available here, & if so where to obtain though. Again do a search for MacMilk & something should come up, including recipe.

Some avian vets, & very likely Pigeon clubs/members, would possibly know more about substitute formulas. I never followed through because the German Beauties came good with feeding after a while.


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:17 pm 
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http://www.melbournebirdvet.com/ckfinder/userfiles/files/passwellswombaroo.pdf

This may help

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
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Wow how did you find that one John I wonder if they milk the Koalas by hand ?


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 Post subject: Re: Squab
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:) I was wondering the same Gary.

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 Post subject: Re: Squab
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The echidna milking process has me intrigued too

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