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Hello BYC community!

 

I am new to this form, but not to the BYC community. Long story short, I am the new foster parent of a baby pigeon. He seems to be about 10 days old or so and has some feathers but is nowhere near fully fledged. I have experience raising chickens and ducks but very little experience hand-feeding birds. I have heard about making a substitute formula or getting a parrot formula, but any advice would be useful. How many times should I feed (2 or 3)? Suggestions/preferences regarding formula and administering the formula itself? My biggest fear is administering it wrong, which could lead to aspiration. Also, I have a heat lamp - is that OK to use, and if so, what temperature is the goal? Can I give him some electrolytes as well? (I have some bird electrolytes on hand). Sorry I don't have any pictures at the moment! Please help and thank you all for any advice in advance!

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If you have any suggestions for a temporary home-made mixture, that would be great since I don't have any parrot formula on hand today and won't be able to get any until tomorrow morning.

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Originally Posted by peacockfeather View Post
 

If you have any suggestions for a temporary home-made mixture, that would be great since I don't have any parrot formula on hand today and won't be able to get any until tomorrow morning.


Raw egg should get him on his way


Edited by Hokum Coco - 4/17/16 at 6:25pm

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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post #4 of 6
I just use layer pellets now. As feathering, you should be able to soak layer pellets and slide down your left when facing each other, into crop.
Edited by laughingdog - 4/19/16 at 5:45am

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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post #5 of 6

How is he doing?

 

A always found the plastic bag method was the easiest.. with a slushy paste of chick starter and grains. 

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He's still doing well! I've got him on Kaytee Exact formula now. He's roughly 100 grams and bumped his feed from 12 to about 15ml today, 4x a day. He seems much more content with this amount (as I find that I lose 2-3ml during the feeding process) but I'm worried about overfeeding. Does 15ml - give or take - sound like too much right now? Even after 12ml he was still nuzzling and seemed pretty hungry.
Edited by peacockfeather - 4/20/16 at 9:16pm
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