Can female pigeons store sperm for a period of time after mating?

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JoeyMadonna
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Can female pigeons store sperm for a period of time after mating?

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I've heard people say hens can hold sperm in their body for months after mating , is this true ?
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Re: Can female pigeons store sperm for a period of time after mating?

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Yes. According to Owen 1941 (Artificial insemination of pigeons and doves) they can hold sperm for 8 days after mating. I've read another study that said 14 days, but I can't find the reference right now.

To guarantee paternity I'd definitely suggest ensuring your hen has not been in a loft with a cock at least two weeks prior to mating.
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Re: Can female pigeons store sperm for a period of time after mating?

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Interesting , thank you .
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It happened to me a few years back.... i had a blue indigo Stipper hen that was mated to a rec yellow male, i lost the male when they were with chicks in the nest(they didn't have the feathers grown yet) , she layed eggs after aprox 3 weeks after the male was lost, but she was mated with a show tippler when she layed her eggs....the chicks were of the rec yellow male ...
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