My pigeon layed her first egg, she seems to not want to leave the nest, is this normal? I thought they didn't start brooding till they have two eggs?
You can handfeed baby pigeons, but pigeons feed their own babies, and hand feeding is time consuming. It's best to leave caring for babies to the parents, then you can tame them when they are pushed out of the nest. The parents are always broody but it doesn't mean they'll care for the young, some breeds ditch their young just because they aren't the best parents. Some breeds can't feed their young so it's best you handfeed the babies or you can use foster parents. I think the NY flights are good beginner pigeons. I have them and these are my first pigeons. The NY flights are quite easy to care for, they don't eat a whole lot, they don't drink a whole lot and can be tamed easily if young, the adults are harder to tame.