To help you understand what to expect from your pigeons, we will briefly follow them for one year. Because a year is a long time and many things can and will happen it will be impossible to explain everything. We will just explain the basics. Also, please remember that there are very many ways to keep, raise, and train pigeons. When you are ready for more information, go and ask a good flier. They are almost always ready to help you. Remember, they enjoy raising and racing pigeons. They also know that the sport of racing pigeons continues through new members.
As the amount of daylight increases in the Spring, hormones inside the pigeons get the birds excited. Cock birds ( boy pigeons ) will begin to puff up their chests and fan their tails as they chase the hens ( girl pigeons ) around the loft. The hens also get turned on, so to speak, and get ready to make eggs. By Valentines Day, many fanciers are ready to mate their birds.
Most fanciers spend many Winter nights planning on which cocks and hens are to be mated together. When the day comes to mate their pairs together, most fanciers place their planned pairs inside the nest boxes and lock them up. The cock birds might get so excited that they will scalp their hens. To prevent this, it is helpful to place a brick inside one corner of the nest. This allows the hen to stand above the cock and saver her from a possible pecking. The next day, you let them out to feed and stretch. After they have had a chance to feed and stretch, you lock them up again. After several days, they will begin to pair up. Most become paired up after just a few days. Some may go as long as two weeks, and there are a few that will never become paired. Fortunately those are few and far between.