When Do Pigeons Lay Eggs? The Complete Process…

From leftovers to rice and seeds to people feeding them, pigeons are thriving in cities on human food. And with so much food around, pigeons spend a lot less time foraging for food and a lot more time breeding. But when do pigeons lay eggs, and when do pigeons stop laying eggs, and when do they begin hatching? Here’s the answer to it.

As of 6 months old, female pigeons start laying eggs when they are sexually matured, paired, nutritious, and healthy. After which, the pigeon’s pair reproduce, and within 8 -12 days, the female pigeon lays eggs. A pigeon typically lays 2 eggs a month and 24 eggs a year and breeds 8 times a year. Each time, it takes 17 – 18 days for pigeons to incubate and hatch the eggs. A pigeon’s egg is on average 3 cm to 4 cm but differs between species. The female pigeon is called a “hen” and the male pigeon is called a ” cock” and young dependant pigeons are commonly known as “squabs”.

Cities are essentially tailor-made for pigeons. It provides them food and their native range of rocky seaside cliffs by having tall buildings and places for pigeons to nest in such as fire escapes or AC units. And with millions of pigeons living in every city, millions of nests are built. If you live in a city no matter where in the city, you have probably seen pigeons in their nest which means they are incubating their eggs or raising their young, unlike raccoons.

While pigeons clearly nest in different places, not everybody has seen them, in fact, most of the people. That is obviously due to their weird and high nesting places they live in which leads to some people think they do not breed which isn’t fact. It is simply because baby pigeons stay more than other birds and leave the nest when they are the same like their parents. But when do pigeons lay eggs? How often they lay eggs? How long does it take? And more. Here’s the break down.