Unexpected egg hatch

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by dawnmt70, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. dawnmt70

    dawnmt70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mid-winter in sub-zero weather and we now have a young'n. Egg hatched a day or two before Christmas so the little fella isn't so little anymore. Almost the size of the parents. Another cold front is coming but so far they have done a great job of getting through. Love the heated dog dish! Been feeding a huge mix of feed not knowing what is best to combat the twenty below temps. Any advice on things to watch for with a squeaker in the deep freeze?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Be careful that the parents don't start preparing for a second round of eggs before the squab is fully feathered.
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had this happen with my homing pigeons when the late clutches of squabs reach full maturity during the winter months. When the squabs became too big for the parents to incubate to prevent hypothermia I housed them in a Styrofoam cooler by moving nest bowl and all.
    You take a chance doing so as they may abandon the squabs but it worked for me thankfully.


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  4. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when they get to big for parents to cover and not fully feathered is the time to watch closely if I think parent not going to cover them I bring to house for the night
     
  5. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't bring in in frigid nights/weather anymore as seems to do more harm than good, I just get small dog treat etc boxes just large enough for one or two dog bowls around and twice as tall, top n one side flap together so keeps heat enough. Pine needles or shavings fourth to half filling dog bowls creating great bug free insulation. Layer and scratch great winter/breeding feed.. messy though, lot of protien n fat extra than need generally.
     
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  6. dawnmt70

    dawnmt70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Little bugger did great. Busy flying with Auntie-mama & Uncle-daddy now. [​IMG]
    In all seriousness, it makes me feel good to know my birds remained happy and healthy enough to reproduce in one nasty winter. Think I'm going to expand to raising quail!
     
  7. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought pair of now overly friendly Quail yesterday, and gonna try raising more, maybe even in aviarys with pigeons if works out.
     
  8. dawnmt70

    dawnmt70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got an incubator on the way. I can't wait for spring!!!! Sadly we got 2 inches of snow last night and are looking for another 3 tonight. Will spring EVER come???
     
  9. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Glad to hear your baby did so well!![​IMG] I've been asking myself the very same question...[​IMG]
     
  10. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where about are you two that more impatient for spring than me even?
     

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