A mate of mine gave me two of his homing pigeon eggs to raise a week ago and one hatched today (the other is still chipping away so I guess that was the second egg laid), I looked around on how and when to feed the baby but the baby won't open his mouth for the syringe. I am worried that the syringe is too big for a new born pigeon, or maybe that I am just not trying to pry his mouth open enough; it just seems so delicate. The baby is large and healthy, wiggling around a bit and all "fluffy" now. I've had no problem with finches and wild baby pigeons (they seem to readily open their mouths for a feed), however i've never directly incubated a finch egg or pigeon, it's always been with the parent for a day so the bird already knows how to eat. I looked at some pictures of the syringes people used and mine has a thick end without that long piece that reaches the crop. Can I get it from a pharmacy or vet? Or do I just have to hold his beak open and poke it down into the crop. I am aware that you can drown the birds by feeding through the lung pipe. I squeezed a little of the formula on his beak hoping maybe getting a taste would make him a little more enthusiastic and he seemed to swallow it down little by little. I watched a youtube video and the man held the head in his fingers and seemed to pry the beak easily but mine seems to roll his head away. A trick to this? I also read that regular quail micro-pellets dissolved in water works as food, I bought a bag of "AVIONE" branded baby bird raising mix (says nothing on pigeons/doves, but the finches do ok on it) and was wondering if I should mix a baby bird mix with some pellets to add protein. I also wondered if adding a quail egg yolk would be a good idea, as I have quails, and want to provide the right diet for my pigeon. Help would be great. The pigeon is only about 12 hours or so old, maybe a little more to give an idea about it's age.