Just-born pigeons on my doorstep - HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cherlyn, May 29, 2010.

  1. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    Alconbury, England
    Ok, I know just about nothing about pigeons... Chickens are my area of knowledge, not pigeons! Yesterday, several young girls from the village brought some day-old pigeons to me - they had found them surrounded by cats with no nest to be found. I know that you are not supposed to take them, but instead put them up somewhere, but these girls of course did not know that, so... here I am, with two extremely young pigeons.

    I have been mixing chick starter with water and then using a syringe to squeeze it into their mouths every few hours. One is eating somewhat eagerly - it looks fine. The other will tolerate it, just barely, and does not look too healthy. His upper chest (crop?) area is quite swelled. Both are voiding just fine. They are in the incubator at about 75 degrees F.

    What else do I do? I am just about completely clueless.

  2. WingingIt

    WingingIt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    I have no idea about pigeons, either. Are there any wildlife rehabilitators in your phone book? Hopefully someone who knows will come along soon and see this. Good luck!
  3. RockyPhoenix

    RockyPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    North Liberty
    good luck im hoping to help u get help by "bumping" good luck! im sorry i cant help u!
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I think you would have better luck posting in the pigeons section...IMO good luck
  5. cejones119

    cejones119 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2010
    The best choice is going to be to get those guys to a wildlife rehabilitator. Mom pigeons and doves make something called crop milk for their babies (they eat food, partially digest and then regurgitate for them). This is hard to reproduce without a whole bunch of crazy ingredients. They do need to be in a much warmer environment, between 90-100 degrees. Keep them warm for the time being and you're better off not feeding them anything else. Do some research on the web or call your local environmental management department or and look for a wildlife rehabilitator in your area, their best chance is with one of them.
  6. Getaway Gal

    Getaway Gal Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Hocking Hills
    I always used cat food soaked in water and feed with a toothpick with birds with good success. Good luck!
  7. tigerrrrrrrlilly

    tigerrrrrrrlilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    i raised one on a slurry of cat food to save it, she grew up and continued to eat moistened cat food as a juvenile until she finally integrated with the other wild pigeons in my yard about a year later. Don't know if it was the right food but it did work. You have to feed them every 3 to 4 hours, and they do imprint on you, it won't leave you until it's time to mate (maybe). I used pedialite in the slurry the first week or 2 if I remember correctly. Once feathered I put her outside in the yard to learn how to live in the wild and I taught her to fly, she never left but stopped tapping on the glass patio door for food every day when she began to learn from the wild pigeons, found a mate and nested in my chimney lol.

    Oh and I believe the young eat primarily insects (in the wild anyway) and have very high protien intake, which is why I chose cat food. I think chick feed might not be enough nutrients for them. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  8. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2008
    Pigeon for 45yrs. the post about pigeon milk is right it can not be duplicated But you can possible use weak milk mixture with cracked wheat bread/ dry cat food It should look like a slurry. Use a gentle pump action with the little head tilted up and only small amounts at a time.Warmth is just like a chicken if you have a small stuffed animal it will help! It can be done but tis an adventure [​IMG]

    Last edited: May 29, 2010

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