Caring for young pigeons

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by bock, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What was I thinking?[​IMG]I was feeding my homing pigeons one day, and I saw a pigeon egg in the gravel.I already had 16 chicken eggs in the bator, so I decided to try and incubate it.The day before I found the egg the bator spiked to 120F!!!All the chickens died while I was at work, so now I have one pigeon egg due on the 17th!Does anyone know how to feed and care for young pigeons?


    PLEASE HELP!!! [​IMG]
     
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  2. lindamass15

    lindamass15 Out Of The Brooder

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  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Feeding one under 7 days is alot of work,and they need the crop milk. Best to put it under another pair that has hatch within a few days. Yes a pair can feed 3 young.

    Odd of it hatching after that high of temp. is not good. sorry
     
  4. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

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    Quote:I think they ment that it spiked BEFORE they put the egg in......
     
  5. lindamass15

    lindamass15 Out Of The Brooder

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    The first thing a baby pigeon needs is warmth. Until they get their feathers, they're totally dependant on their parents to keep them warm, so you have to do that for them too. I don't know the exact temperature to keep them. I've done well at about 90 degree F. You can either use a small heating pad under them (not directly - they'll mess up a heating pad, so put you might want disposable or washable rags or towels over the pad, and then put the bird on that. Squabs lose a lot of body heat to the air so I'd place the pad/rags/bird combination in a box with a top on it. No matter what you chose, if you are using an electric heating pad make sure that whatever you use is not something that's going to burst into flames on you. Better a pigeon that never lives to grow up than a family lost. A thermometer placed inside the box should let you keep an eye on the temperature. If the pigeon looks "sweaty", it's too hot.

    I have found that Kaytee Exact Baby Formula used in a very liquid state is a substitute for pigeon milk and is what i used as the baby get older I just make the mixture thicker
     
  6. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

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    you may want to try hand feed it.....

    I am hand feeding one now and it is fine....

    you will need:

    One small siringe
    A small tube ( like surgical tubing) it will have to be very flexible and small (we got ours at Cabela's, it is used for lures)
    Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula, follow directions on the back for mixture depending on age....

    Kaytee Exact is the easiest and safest to use....

    it may not hatch at all, they are hard to hatch.....

    I am using a heat lamp for mine...


    The reason you use the tube is because they can aspirate easily, try looking up the Pigeon Cote on google....
     
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  7. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HAS ANYONE EVEN LOOKED AT THE **** PAGE SINCE THE 5TH?????????????????????????

    Deep breaths, deep breathsl:( Butt it's DYING!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Whats the problem?
     
  9. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    They told you what you needed when you had just an egg, whats the matter now youre olny editied to say please help, please help with what they gave you a link and info.
    Be more specific
     

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