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feral pigeons

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by the Pollo Loco, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:just get eggs or babies and stick under your doves, once you let them make a decent nest, or put a bowl out they coo and sit on/in, as my doves will feed anything, even try to feed my finger if put through bars into nest, and heard of other types even feeding toys and mirrors that made them think was other birds, when they had mates. id say just go find a shop that has ferals nesting, and ask if you can borrow a ladder to humanely remove the nest to give the babies at least good home. i just recently did this, but baby with half wing and tail feathers at time, mostly wants to eat and drink seed and water on own, so i lucked out, as they must develop alot faster than the domestic one i have, that i got feral as friend for, but quarantine for now. so second thought just try to find foster eggs to be safe. i just gave my one white dove pair one egg, from a roller, then another from it a week later, and she wont hardly get off them or even just reach neck a little to eat on one side or drink on other. only trouble with them is they will sit in the heat and cook the eggs, so i have to keep them in ope nest and in cool area. nit sure if they turn them enough also, as i just turn when can under them as they never move off unless i whistle its feeding time, then their tiny heads bobble all over even if have food and just not the tiny black sunflower or whatever seeds they love the most.

    since on ferals.. i have the one now, and its so differant than my others, especially the wing and tail shape and length, i wouldnt imagine anything but very basic homer would be remotely like them, or people are getting ripped off buying normal homers. anyone know how to tell at all what kind of pigeon one is by wing shape and length?
     
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  2. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:just get eggs or babies and stick under your doves, once you let them make a decent nest, or put a bowl out they coo and sit on/in, as my doves will feed anything, even try to feed my finger if put through bars into nest, and heard of other types even feeding toys and mirrors that made them think was other birds, when they had mates. id say just go find a shop that has ferals nesting, and ask if you can borrow a ladder to humanely remove the nest to give the babies at least good home. i just recently did this, but baby with half wing and tail feathers at time, mostly wants to eat and drink seed and water on own, so i lucked out, as they must develop alot faster than the domestic one i have, that i got feral as friend for, but quarantine for now. so second thought just try to find foster eggs to be safe. i just gave my one white dove pair one egg, from a roller, then another from it a week later, and she wont hardly get off them or even just reach neck a little to eat on one side or drink on other. only trouble with them is they will sit in the heat and cook the eggs, so i have to keep them in ope nest and in cool area. nit sure if they turn them enough also, as i just turn when can under them as they never move off unless i whistle its feeding time, then their tiny heads bobble all over even if have food and just not the tiny black sunflower or whatever seeds they love the most.

    Oooohhhh! That's an awesome idea! My 2 Doves are both female and lay 4 eggs every 10 days like clockwork. All they want to do is sit on their eggs and will make themselves sick if I let them. I started taking the eggs from them right away because I felt so bad for them. They take turns and whoever's shift it is will NOT leave the nest for their whole shift. So they'd be thrilled to raise a baby! They're loose out here in my RV/office where the baby chicks are. They think the baby chicks are there's and perch by the tubs and just stare at the baby chicks all day lol Wow, they'd dearly love to hatch a baby of their "own". And I'd dearly love to have it, too. GREAT idea. I'll be prepared as soon as the Doves start "egging" again. Now to talk to the banks....they have lots of pigeons at their places.
     
  3. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm. I have never heard of canker having a viral form. Just pox, which is very similar, but a virus. Canker is caused by an outbreak of trichomonads. All birds have them naturally, just like coccidia and e. coli. It's when they get stressed out and it overwhelms the birds or if they are exposed to a new strain, that the birds get sick.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:Not virulent as caused by virus, but extremely infectious or contagious another definition of the word. Yes, canker is Trichomoniasis, and an opportunistic, stress related illness, but this was supposedly a medication resistant strain that could wreak havoc in non previously exposed birds.
     
  5. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:just get eggs or babies and stick under your doves, once you let them make a decent nest, or put a bowl out they coo and sit on/in, as my doves will feed anything, even try to feed my finger if put through bars into nest, and heard of other types even feeding toys and mirrors that made them think was other birds, when they had mates. id say just go find a shop that has ferals nesting, and ask if you can borrow a ladder to humanely remove the nest to give the babies at least good home. i just recently did this, but baby with half wing and tail feathers at time, mostly wants to eat and drink seed and water on own, so i lucked out, as they must develop alot faster than the domestic one i have, that i got feral as friend for, but quarantine for now. so second thought just try to find foster eggs to be safe. i just gave my one white dove pair one egg, from a roller, then another from it a week later, and she wont hardly get off them or even just reach neck a little to eat on one side or drink on other. only trouble with them is they will sit in the heat and cook the eggs, so i have to keep them in ope nest and in cool area. nit sure if they turn them enough also, as i just turn when can under them as they never move off unless i whistle its feeding time, then their tiny heads bobble all over even if have food and just not the tiny black sunflower or whatever seeds they love the most.

    Oooohhhh! That's an awesome idea! My 2 Doves are both female and lay 4 eggs every 10 days like clockwork. All they want to do is sit on their eggs and will make themselves sick if I let them. I started taking the eggs from them right away because I felt so bad for them. They take turns and whoever's shift it is will NOT leave the nest for their whole shift. So they'd be thrilled to raise a baby! They're loose out here in my RV/office where the baby chicks are. They think the baby chicks are there's and perch by the tubs and just stare at the baby chicks all day lol Wow, they'd dearly love to hatch a baby of their "own". And I'd dearly love to have it, too. GREAT idea. I'll be prepared as soon as the Doves start "egging" again. Now to talk to the banks....they have lots of pigeons at their places.

    i dont even wait for mine to stress and start nesting and lay possibly, i just give them eggs or chicks whenever so far, and they get awfully upset when they even see me handling a baby to bring it into their nests and give them, then act like i stole it (from them). so dont know how broody pigeons are yet, but even my rosecomb roosters will bring food to the pigeon and dove chicks, but the hens would with exception of a few, eat them probably, as they even try to kill other chicks not theirs, and sadly have succeeded until stopped that by beating them savagely with a broom (well savagely scary for them anyway as the sweeper freaks them out, but the quail chase it. lol), whenever theyd attack them, but they since killed a re introdced cockerel, so watching with other re introductions.
     
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  6. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if anyone wants a feral just visit any apartment complex... they'd be happy to get rid of any nest!! [​IMG]
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I got mine off of railroad trestles (interesting at times) and out of church belfries.
     
  8. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sometimes my feral one still gets loose or broken, and watery stool, but otherwise just seeming super healthy. any ideas of how to treat what ever it is? i goy mine from the diamond co in my little downtown strip (i think there are before the mass kill off, more pigeons than people at any time downtown).
     
  9. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone with some experience give a brief tutorial on the "how to" in training a feral to home and to use the trap door, etc. Thanks [​IMG]
     
  10. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont trap, but training to home, i taught my one to gradually be able to fly further and further back to its nest and then feed after as well as some before, until it was starting to try circling and flying around to orientate, then flying up higher and off further then recalling to make sure it didnt get lost at first, but they pretty much learn on own if done when younger i guess, as they only gradually and carefully want to explore more than just getting out and fly. i dot currently have a setup tp trap, so just leave balcony door open for them to come in on own.
     

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