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You will know my longstanding interest in dodos and here the BBC have even made them a news item - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41002562

From bits of bone and what not on the Isle of Mauritius they have established that dodo chicks hatched in August and grew very fast whereupon the parents moulted and became fluffy grey but the chicks then took several years to reach maturity.

What this has to do with the price of eggs I know not but I thought I should share it. The article does say that the dodo is related to the pigeon but doesn't say (what I maintain) that with a spot or two of courageous selection (and pigeons breed very fast as we learn almost daily on this site) you could reverse engineer a large flightless pigeon with a large beak which could pass for a dodo if you didn't look too closely. Imagine the fun you could have if you then let them loose in the Mauritian forests. Faith would collect a gold medal and be instantly famous, though the 'normal' doves and pigeons might be a bit put out at the attention devoted to their misshapen cousins.

So there you have it. Squabs already look like dodos so Faith you are half way there already. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 25th Aug 2017 - 08:48AM   Posted by Fennie   Dodo Post Comments: 7

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you for posting Fennie,

Never knew that the Dodo was related to the Pigeon how fascinating but I am glad no Dodo's around today otherwise we wouldn't be here.
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No little squabs yet in the nest with my pair of collared doves, they take it in turns to sit on the nest I expect it won't be long now before the two baby's hatch this being their second nesting pair this year. I will let you know if they turn out to be Dodo'sVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 25th Aug 2017 at 09:36AM

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Faith's Avatar I don't think that even if dodos were alive today they would affect us Camilla - they didn't eat people! They were just very large birds.

Don't think I am into breeding dodos Fennie - the poop in the aviary is bad enough already! But the next singleton baby I have will be named Dodo in honour of all those dodos that man thoughtlessly killed.

Posted by: Faith on 25th Aug 2017 at 09:55AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Very Happy Dodo the pigeon, love it Faith.
I guess the Dodo's downfall was it was just so darn tasty... tasted like chicken no doubt! (doesn't everything?)

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 25th Aug 2017 at 11:24AM

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Fennie's Avatar Apparently they had no natural predators and therefore were quite tame. The sailors did kill them for meat but the real killers, as I understand, were the rats that escaped from the ships. They simply feasted on the dodo's eggs as the birds nested on the ground. (Though this doesn't quite fit with the BBC tale that they only hatched eggs in August - the rats would have gone rather hungry the rest of the time). And besides surely the dodo being a species of pigeon would have been laying eggs and raising chicks as though there was no tomorrow.

But Faith all you would need to do would be first to select for little wings and larger birds. The beaks would probably grow larger anyway. Twenty five generations of selective breeding and you would be half way there - and think of the publicity - Channel 4 would make a film about you and the BBC would come calling. If you succeeded (which of course you would) you might even have an obituary in The Times. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 25th Aug 2017 at 11:58AM

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Fennie's Avatar I have eaten pigeon, FN, and it didn't taste at all like chicken and as Dodos were just large flightless pigeons it might have been rather tough, sinewy and gamey, the meat dark and rank. Maybe a bit like peacock or swan, neither of which I have eaten but others who have have suggested that there are better meats. You have to go a long way to beat a good chicken (or maybe turkey). Mind you they seemed to have liked things rank in Tudor times. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 25th Aug 2017 at 06:45PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar The Tudors would probably find our food really bland now.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 26th Aug 2017 at 10:17AM

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Camilla's Avatar They would indeed FN and probably throw it over their shoulders when they had finished eating it, can't help thinking of Baldrick for this sketch in Black Adder.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 26th Aug 2017 at 11:04AM

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