Why we never see pigeons chicks? They are hiding them?
In the summer, we often see a castle in a pond with ducklings, we can hear the kinking of the Voronenka who fell out of the nest or stumble upon the gtering pendant in the park. Pigeons in any urban flock on appearance always equally adults, and there are no obvious signs that they have small children – naked, short-tired and non-flying. But not the robots they, who were welcomed ready for mature life?
In fact, no secrecy is there. People who for some reason have to be often in the attics of multi-storey buildings, for sure they could tell us about pigeon babies. And 50 years ago, when the hostesses were dried in attacks, and the boys played hide and seek, many above the question would only laugh. Pigeon chicks? What’s the unusual?
Recently hatched from the eggs of pigeon – the creation that many will seem terrible. Least they will be like urban sisaries familiar to us. They are not very similar to the birds – rather on some scorched rare yellow wools of pterodactles with pathologically huge purple eyes and bloated pink noses.
But, of course, adult pigeons hide their monsters not because their kinds are shy. In general, they are specially them from our eyes and do not hide. Just almost all pigeon breeding, starting with the construction of the nest, passes in the attics of urban buildings, and most of the modern citizens never look there. Even mutual care of a pigeon pair occurs mainly in the attic. And on asphalt, eaves and over the roofs, we can observe only individual manifestations of marriage behavior: stealing the aging male around doves, special demonstration flights with clapping wings, very rarely – mating.
All major events occur exactly there, under the roof. Dove always postphes two white eggs. Exchange lasts 18 days, both partners take part in it – and the male, and the female. Then hatch into chicks. They develop rapidly. At the age of four days in the pigeon body is already beginning to appear tiny black bumps – the beginnings of feathers. With a six-day age of bumps start to get out, "hemp" – naked axis future feathers. The ten-day age all the chick is already fully covered by these stumps, and the yellow "fur" newborn disappears. By the end of the second week of life, the chick "hemp" begin to turn into normal feathers.
In the first days of life dovecotes can only lie on the sixth slowly beginning to crawl, on the eighth to ninth can already stand up for themselves. On the 18th day the chicks already know how to walk and try different things, "beak". At the age of 20 days begin to spread is not yet feathered wings, part of the net. At the age of 24-25 days leave the nest day: either walk the attic, or flit from place to place. At 26-28-day youth confidently fly the attic. On the 30 th teenagers begin to take off from the attic and visit with the next feeding places parents. 32 days – age of onset of self-pigeon life. Young 30-day dove looks almost no different from the adult birds. That is why it seems to us that in urban flocks of pigeons all the birds of the same age.