Breeding Habits of Pigeons


  • Pigeon nests consist of twigs, sticks, grass, pantyhose, nails, needles, socks, and feces ( almost anything they can find) clumped together to form a platform.
  • Pigeons are monogamous birds mating for life. Although the summer months are increased mating periods, In Las Vegas and southern Nevada pigeons can mate year around due to the warmer climate.
  • Pigeons are NOT Migratory birds which means they do not fly south for the winter. They stay put all year round.
  • 8-12 days after mating, the female will lay 2 eggs, which hatch after approximately 18 days.
  • When pigeons are born, they feed on pigeon milk, which is secreted from both parents.
  • Most young leave the nest at approximately 4 to 6 weeks of age. During this time another batch of eggs may have already been laid.
  • This means every 26 days pigeons can lay 2 eggs. One pair of adult pigeons can create 28 birds in 1 year!

Know Your Pigeon Facts

  • Pigeon nests consist of twigs, sticks, grass, pantyhose, nails, needles, socks, and feces ( almost anything they can find) clumped together to form a platform.
  • Pigeons are monogamous birds mating for life. Although the summer months are increased mating periods, In Las Vegas and southern Nevada pigeons can mate year-round due to the warmer climate.
  • Pigeons are NOT Migratory birds which means they do not fly south for the winter. They stay put all year round.
  • 8-12 days after mating, the female will lay 2 eggs, which hatch after approximately 18 days.
  • When pigeons are born, they feed on pigeon milk, which is secreted from both parents.
  • Most young leave the nest at approximately 4 to 6 weeks of age. During this time another batch of eggs may have already been laid.
  • This means every 26 days pigeons can lay 2 eggs. One pair of adult pigeons can create 28 birds in 1 year!
  • Pigeons fly at an average speed of 50 miles per hour with bursts of up to 90 miles per hour!
  • While homing pigeons can't be given an address or a person to fly to, they can find their way back home in a remarkably short period of time. Homing pigeons have been known to fly as far as 1,100 miles to get back home!
  • Homing pigeons can use the position and the angle of the Sun to determine the proper direction for flight.

How to keep pigeons away

Now that you know some important pigeon facts, what about proper pigeon control? The best way to get rid of pigeons is to stop them from coming to your property to begin with. Which means reducing access to food and water. While that might sound easier said than done, pigeon control is simpler than you might think. You can reduce a pigeon's access to food and water by:

Making sure nuts and berries from trees and shrubs are picked up
Using netting on fruit-bearing shrubs
Emptying out containers with standing water
Removing pet food and water bowls from outside

For more pigeon facts or information on pigeon control, call Pigeon Control Pros today at 702-337-8587.