Description of King Pigeons
Until recently, the Kingi pigeons used only in cooking today adorn bird shows and fairs. This breed was bred from the parent Viking and Postal, and to this day it does not lose its popularity among poultry farmers.
About the benefits of pigeon meat and the features of cultivating King breed, much is written and much debated. This species of birds caused a resonance among farmers and owners of large farms.
Description of King birds
King pigeons have predominantly white plumage (there are species in which the color of the feathers varies to golden brown or black), a thin skeleton, a small wingspan and a massive body. Their mass is usually equal to 600-800 grams, but in some cases it can reach 1.5 kg.
A detailed description of the subspecies of this feathered shows its superiority over other subspecies. Kingings possess:
- well developed and rounded chest;
- small black or yellow eyes;
- powerful beak;
- short feathers;
- strong legs of medium length without plumage;
- short tail;
- broad back.
This subspecies is quite aggressive and is classified as weak flying. The color of the plumage can vary to milky, golden, coffee or silver.
External beauty, as well as the ability to quickly adapt makes this breed especially popular, but it is not recommended to keep it with other breeds.
Content and breeding
King meat pigeons are unpretentious in care and maintenance, their only drawback is some aggressiveness, but they can coexist peacefully with hens.
They need spacious enclosures or cages, implying the possibility of free walking, otherwise the chicks will develop poorly and this will affect their growth and weight.
In this aspect, the King pigeon does not bring much trouble, eating everything the same as hens or ordinary pigeons: legumes and cereals. You can feed with sunflower, oats, corn, millet, barley, peas, etc.
In addition, it is important to introduce vitamin-mineral complexes into the diet of such birds. This aspect is not mandatory, but has a beneficial effect on the development of the organism of chicks, their maturation and future fertility, preventing and protecting from various diseases.
Due to its massive body and short wings, King Pigeons do not fly as well as other birds and are considered weak-flying. This requires the location of bird nests on the floors or very low elevations, which have a staircase nearby.
It is recommended to observe a distance of several meters between the nests, otherwise the birds may not want to sit so close to each other.
Reproduction and fertility
Such birds have good egg production and are ready for the extension of the genus already at the age of 6-8 months. Doves lay eggs 10-15 days after mating. The number of eggs is standard for this breed: 1-2. One week after the egg has been laid, the poultry breeder should check for the presence inside the embryo. Sometimes there are cases of females hatching unfertilized eggs.
Meat breeds, unlike exhibition ones, are distinguished by a more developed parental instinct.
The female and male hatch offspring together and feed the chicks in turn. This behavior provides them with greater fertility compared to King show pigeons.
One pair of pigeons of this breed during the year can bring up to 15 chicks with proper and high-quality care: warmth and good lighting in the aviary in the winter, sufficient supply of birds with food and drinking water.
Growing chicks occurs systematically under the vigilant care of their parents. Females feed newborn chicks with goiter milk, and from the sixth week they are taught to eat on their own.
Large and meaty chicks are born with a small mass, according to the photo it seems that they are not pigeons, but sparrows. But by the fourth month of life, their weight reaches 600 g and is growing rapidly.
In the process of selection, poultry farmers try to grow the most productive and fleshy bird. The goal is achieved by crossing King and sporting breeds.
This allows you to increase the stamina and vital indicators of the individual, and make the meat more high-quality and good. Such a product will become more useful and cleaner.
About the benefits of pigeon meat
Pigeon is a bird whose meat is highly valued in many countries of the world. It is used in the preparation of dietary dishes, and in chemical composition it is several times greater than chicken, as it contains a large amount of protein and a minimum of fat.
The potential audience of pigeon meat consumers is gourmets or people with certain restrictions in their diet. For example, suffering from:
- cardiovascular disease;
- problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
Nutritionists also recommend consuming pigeon-dove in a patient with a general weakening of immunity or with suspected diabetes. With high sugar, pigeon meat will be unhealthy.
Before introducing such a dish into your diet, you need to consult your doctor. Minimum doses are sometimes useful even with high sugar.
The advantages of breeding king's have been said more than once, but, summing up, we can highlight a number of advantages:
- One pigeon, resembling an average chicken in size, requires less space, food and water than a chicken.
- The pigeon does not need vaccinations and antibiotics, without which, for example, quail can not do.
- King breeding is profitable: it brings tasty and healthy meat, and with it a good sale income.
- With the right content, which is uncomplicated and not too costly, the cakes are characterized by good fecundity.
- Show breeds can bring aesthetic pleasure, a new hobby and a small income to the owner.
People are accustomed to the fact that this bird should grow blue somewhere in the sky above the high-rise buildings. But in the yard a new century and a dove are not only a symbol of urban life and peace, but also an excellent source of income, nutrients and pleasure.
Pigeon meat is not only distinguished by its delicate taste, but also by its good digestibility. Beef breed is in demand not only by single farms, but also by whole farms.
Breeding King pigeons, you can create an additional source of income and good health, as well as improve your mood. This breed will be an excellent addition to the collection of any poultry farmer. It is precisely because of its unpretentiousness and the mass of positive qualities of adult individuals that fully pay for the high (above average) price for chicks, this breed is so in demand.
In a few years, having bought only a few pairs for starters, you can get your own poultry farm, maintaining the proper level of comfort for the king. Exhibition and meat breeds can be compared by looking at the photo.