Originally Posted by Lozuufy
So sorry! Baby pigeons are extremely hard to raise from an egg, I've had no luck either. They seem to really need crop milk for the first few days maybe to get the right culture from the parents.
Pigeons are dang near impossible to hatch and hand raise. Most folks who want/need to hand raise leave the squab with the parents for about two weeks before pulling them to hand feed. Even then, it is hit or miss. There are some guys that are pros at it, but it takes a LOT of practice and experience.
Edited to add: I forgot to mention if you are still losing parent raised chicks, you might reevaluate your feed. I went through a period where I lost dang near every single chick. They would live about two weeks, then just fail to thrive. I changed the flocks diet and I haven't lost a chick since. Nutrition plays a HUGE roll in reproductionEdited by OTTB228 - 11/16/15 at 7:24am