Squab Weights

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by casportpony, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    57,226
    12,622
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Hatched in incubator and being raised by hand. Fed at least 3 times a day, but some days I was too lazy to weigh before and after feedings.

    01-18-2016 - Day Zero

    Hatched at 12 grams

    01-22-2016 - Day Four

    Four days - 18.96

    01-23-2016 - Day Five

    Weight before first feeding - 21.56
    Weight after 1st feeding - 25 grams

    Weight before second feeding - 24.8 grams
    Weight after second feeding - 27.72 grams

    01-24-2016 - Day Six

    Weight before first feeding 22.15 grams
    Weight after first feeding 27.98 grams

    Weight before second feeding - 26.65 grams
    Weight after second feeding - 30.06 grams

    Weight before third feeding - 27.7 grams
    Weight after third feeding - 31.7 grams


    01-25-2016 - Day Seven

    Weight before first feeding - 26.45 grams
    Weight after first feeding - 32.35 grams

    Weight before second feeding - 29.51 grams
    Weight after second feeding - 37.44 grams

    Weight before third feeding - 34.81 grams
    Weight after third feeding - 36.89 grams


    01-26-2016 - Day Eight

    Weight before first feeding - 29.44 grams
    Weight after first feeding - 39.65 grams

    Weight before second or third feeding - 37.48
    Weight after second or third feeding - 41.59

    01-27-2016 - Day Nine

    Weight before first feeding - 35.32 grams
    Weight after first feeding - 47.66 grams

    Got lazy and didn't record more weights.


    01-28-2016 - Day Ten


    Weight before first feeding - 41.21 grams
    Weight after first feeding - 51.24 grams

    Weight after second feeding - 58.03 grams


    -Kathy
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2016
  2. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,274
    177
    206
    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    A squab/sqeaker should about double weight Every day until feathering in or couple weeks and old.. Fledglings at three weeks (mine anyway and I just feed breeders layer).
    I've heard cottage cheese good start for incubator babies, but I don't do hand raising, I use fosters or parents. Better for birds, as a weak start and raising can make a weak bird, if flying n or stressed ever. I've been told your setting itself up a heart ache as they'll supposedly not do good for too long of life, but only done it once n ringnecks kept fed n warm (they'll feed etc anything n time at any age as long as you put it in their nest.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2016
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    57,226
    12,622
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    It will be interesting to see how much weight they do gain when raised by parents instead of by hand. If what you're saying is true, my five day old should 384 grams. I agree that they should gain weight quickly, but I don't think I've seen one double each day. :D

    -Kathy
     
  4. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,274
    177
    206
    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    It maybe the layer crumbles I feed then as they get tubby too. Lol
     
  5. Frankly, if the parents cant raise the squabs, they are inferior. It is analogous to a dog who want nurse her pups.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

    57,226
    12,622
    751
    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop

    I don't breed dogs, but I do breed horses, and if Ihad mare that refused to nurse her foal, I would sell her. I don't "breed" pigeons either, but if I did, and the parents refused to feed their young, they would get culled.

    FYI, I'm raising this one because it the egg rolled out of the nest and the nest was destroyed.

    -Kathy
     
  7. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,274
    177
    206
    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    Sometimes young pigeons don't get hang of first time to three. I had a great pair that the first time a baby kept getting fed feathers seemingly. After that one choked to death, the pair became great parents.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by