Please Help Pigeon-Raising Experts!

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by peacockfeather, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. peacockfeather

    peacockfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello BYC community!

    I am new to this form, but not to the BYC community. Long story short, I am the new foster parent of a baby pigeon. He seems to be about 10 days old or so and has some feathers but is nowhere near fully fledged. I have experience raising chickens and ducks but very little experience hand-feeding birds. I have heard about making a substitute formula or getting a parrot formula, but any advice would be useful. How many times should I feed (2 or 3)? Suggestions/preferences regarding formula and administering the formula itself? My biggest fear is administering it wrong, which could lead to aspiration. Also, I have a heat lamp - is that OK to use, and if so, what temperature is the goal? Can I give him some electrolytes as well? (I have some bird electrolytes on hand). Sorry I don't have any pictures at the moment! Please help and thank you all for any advice in advance!
     
  2. peacockfeather

    peacockfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have any suggestions for a temporary home-made mixture, that would be great since I don't have any parrot formula on hand today and won't be able to get any until tomorrow morning.
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Raw egg should get him on his way
     
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  4. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use layer pellets now. As feathering, you should be able to soak layer pellets and slide down your left when facing each other, into crop.
     
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  5. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    How is he doing?

    A always found the plastic bag method was the easiest.. with a slushy paste of chick starter and grains.
     
  6. peacockfeather

    peacockfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's still doing well! I've got him on Kaytee Exact formula now. He's roughly 100 grams and bumped his feed from 12 to about 15ml today, 4x a day. He seems much more content with this amount (as I find that I lose 2-3ml during the feeding process) but I'm worried about overfeeding. Does 15ml - give or take - sound like too much right now? Even after 12ml he was still nuzzling and seemed pretty hungry.
     
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