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Orphaned Pigeon

Orphaned Pigeon

Postby salem » Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:34 pm

I have two baby pigeons, and I don't know what food to give to one of them since one looks like its about to fly in one week. And what technique would you use to feed the younger pigeon so it wont spill all over the place. Also so it becomes full.
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Orphaned Pigeon

Postby Squire » Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:28 pm

Pigeons and doves are rather difficult to feed if they are not eating on their own yet. Instead of gaping for food they wait for the parents to put her beak into their throat to feed them a sort of milky regurgitated food. If feeding a bird that will eat on it's own use a heavier weighted dish, the crock type, or one of the flared type like they sell at a dollar store for dogs water that will not tip over. You can also use old stainless dishes used for other pets but weight it down with things that can be washed like marbles. As for hand feeding a baby pigeon...I would try and find someone who rehabilitates pigeons and doves. I love them both but they are terribly difficult to feed. I have tiny TB syringes(NO needles!) I use to emulate a beak that I put way back into their throats. I believe many others use a tube type set up. Call any veterinarians, wildlife or Nature centers or pigeon groups(look on the Net for wild Pigeon rescuers!...there are a few even on yahoo groups!) Most pigeons require a mix of seeds that varies a bit from regular songbirds since they do not have the same sorts of beaks. http://www.pigeons.biz/pigeons/index.htmlhttp://www.pigeon-life.com/resources/basiccare.html

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