Squab lost an eye.

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Hokum Coco, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

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    One of my squabs suffer a scalping a while back when it got out of it's nest and on the floor. She recovered with no ill effects. I noticed her missing just in time. Some times it could be fatal.

    I had another squab that was not quite as lucky it lost an eye. I know things like this happen in lofts.

    I am wondering how this handicapped bird will adapt. She is starting to trap train now. I am debating whether I should toss her or maybe just let her fly from the loft.
     
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

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    A hurt bird will adapt if its something minor like a missing eye.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I'd let her loft fly longer than is normal for your birds. When I started tossing her I would start out close to home with other 'settled' birds. She may have problems kitting with the flock because she will not have vision on the one side. You will be able to evaluate that when she loft flies. She may also be more vulnerable to hawk attack. If she was something that I wanted to breed from, I would only loft fly her. I have never had a scalping incident with my Birmingham rollers. They are very gentle with all squabs. When the squabs are fully feathered, I put them on the loft floor. When I feed the birds and they go to feed their young, they will pump any hungry squab on the floor. They will eat, drink, feed squabs and repeat the process until all are satisfied. With my homers, on the other hand, I have only ever had one cock who would feed everything - he was a truly awesome parent.
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

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    The cock I suspect pecked out the eye of this squab will feed any squab that is the same size as his brood that is put into his nest but that is it.

    Thanks for the advice on this bird sourland. She is not a solid white bird so she may not be one of my choice breeders.

    It is hard to predict as you well know I have a mostly brown female that with the paring she is with throws nothing but solid whites so far..
     

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