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OMG My Pigeon eggs hatched

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by 210175, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. 210175

    210175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday i went to go and check on my pigeons and i noticed my female was bending down in the nest. So i went in and heard some of the hay moving. then i went to go tell my dad and he came in and heard nothing. As we were about to leave my dad noticed egg shells on the floor and i was really exited. I thought that 1 of the eggs had hatched. So my dad looked in the nest and there were not 1 but 2 squabs wiggling underneath the female. I was so exited i started jumping. Exactly 18 days after the first egg was layed. I thought the second egg was ment to hatch later. They are around about the same size and look very healthy.

    they sleep alot it is so cute. How much times do they eat a day and how long till they start developing feathers?

    I am so happy
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Their eyes will open in about 3 days.
    It is OK to handle the squabs.
    Momma and dad may protest.
    Be careful to protect the squab as you place it back underneath the parents.
    The parents will peck and swat at you.
    This may inadvertently hurt the youngster.


    Here is a link you may find helpful 210175:

     
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  3. 210175

    210175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yesterday when i saw the squabs i put my hand underneith the female just to have a look and she started slapping but she did not slap the baby or peck him.

    Just some facts: do the pigeons eat the milk from the parents strait away or do they eat a day later.

    Also what day do they start not to fit under the parent any more.

    I am so happy to witness these cute things
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    In a perfect world they usually do not eat the first day they are still surviving on the yolk sac of the egg. They may even go two days.

    Then as soon as you think that is the hard and fast rule you may see the parents try to feed them on the first day.

    If you are thinking about moving squabs to be fostered by another pair of pigeons it is best to wait 5 days with their original parents before you swap them out.

    That way they sure to have received the pigeon milk that gets their digestive systems up and running. Otherwise there is a good chance the squabs will not survive.
     
  5. 210175

    210175 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks hokum, I feel like all of that worrying i did when they had the eggs in the beggining was for nothing, the weather is warming up here and we are seeing 20 clecius days and 10 celcius nights and the sqaubs look so cute warming up with each other. And soon they will be on the own eggs in about 6 months.

    Pigeons are amazing birds, lots of people consider them as pests but they shouldnot. They are a loving and magnifenct bird and with alot of care make your life so much happier.

    I will keep you posted.

    Do you know when they start warming them selves up and when the parents dont have to sit on them. Which day can this begin.
    When should i start introducing small seeds to the squabs. A bit of info would go a long way.


    thanks alot hokum
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    It is too hard to predict a lot depends on the ambient temperature inside your coop on certain days.

    Pigeons have a six sense when it comes to leaving them uncovered.

    Age of the squab has little to do with when it will happen.

    You could start introducing food and water to your squabs as early as 3 weeks (not really necessary).

    They will drop to the floor on their own when they are ready and pick up on the habits of your adult birds quickly.

    You can expect another clutch of eggs in about 2 or 3 weeks.

    Get another nesting area ready now to be prepared.

    I get my nest bowls at the dollar store 9 to 10" in diameter.

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  7. larrylofts

    larrylofts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when they are feathered out they are ok 2 weeks most young that freeze are the ones that are to big for parents to cover and have no feather covering there body for heat retention you can put feed and water in the nesting area where the babies can watch there parents i would not put feed in nest just close by i know that some breeders put there young on the loft floor at 2 weeks of age they have done it for years they have no problems but it will happen if you do not know the breeders temperment
     
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