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Andrew2007 Andrew2007 is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 08:43 AM
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Starved feral pigeons?


Hi

I've just been rescuing some feral pigeons that have potentially been in a locked building for ten days.

One of them is a squeaker, I've fed him some 'Vetark critical care formula' into the crop.

The rest are adults, some are thin and some aren't but how would I proceed with them?

Feeding seed may not be advisable especially as I won't know if they can digest the food, I do have a depurative seed mix. The bird's have plenty of energy but the fact that they may not be able to digest seed is the concern.

Thanks

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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 09:43 AM
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You will need to feed them asap. If you can seperate them and give each one just a little bit to start with and then take it from there. Also, put apple cider vinegar in their drinking water (5 ml acv to 1 l of water), that will help with digestion.
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Posted 17th June 2019, 10:31 AM
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Hand feed the adults with the Critical Care Formula?

They don't appear to be in a critical condition.

Or just use the standard hand feeding formula such as Matter Exact or seed?

Thanks Marina
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 10:42 AM
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Just put down seed for them. Are the droppings green and creamy? Then they are producing starvation droppings.
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Andrew2007 Andrew2007 is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 10:50 AM
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The droppings are dark green but not very big and not a lot of them.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 10:53 AM
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Plse put down food and water for them. They will probably overeat, but I'm sure they will be ok.
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Posted 17th June 2019, 11:16 AM
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I put water down for them a few hours ago Marina and also a little seed.

I'll give them some more seed now but it's just a concern that they can't digest the food and they'll get blocked up.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 11:20 AM
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If you think it's safer to tube feed them, then you can try that. How is the squeaker doing?
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Andrew2007 Andrew2007 is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 12:38 PM
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They're all doing fine Marina, alert and happy.

They don't appear to be that bothered about the seed, when I was in the building two day's ago I did leave some water and seed hoping that some of the pigeon's would find it, it's a large building with three floor's and lofts but they could've found some of the food.

An absolute mess inside with holes in the floor's/ceiling's with plenty of space for the pigeon's to hide, apparently the building was boarded up ten day's ago. I found out about it on Saturday and went straight there with my tool's to gain access, I've been there for the last three day's.

Maybe forty bird's in total, most of them are being cared for by two ladies that live nearby.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 17th June 2019, 10:07 PM
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I'm glad to hear they are doing fine. Thanks for helping them.
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Posted 18th June 2019, 09:49 AM
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Three more today, one of which is a squeaker.

The building that they're in is a right mess, false ceilings, multiple lofts with loads of holes everywherewhich is making them difficult to find.

I have a cage that I'm going to modify with a one way door so I can trap those that are left.
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Posted 24th June 2019, 10:45 PM
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You should be able to feed them seeds. A bag with a wide variety is preferable. You cal also give them grain and pellets. They're not picky. They can digest all of that. I personally feed my little pigeon Katie brand dove seed, and I'm happy to say that he's happy and healthy.
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Posted 24th June 2019, 11:52 PM
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What are you going to do with all these rescues? Release them somewhere else? Thanks for helping them.
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Posted 25th June 2019, 06:21 AM
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Make some openings where they can leave and feed them out of the building, if they decide to raise young in there then they will. In winter the pairs won’t have many young if at all and then the trapping and board up the building should happen when they are all out.. but common sense seems to be missing in this situation.
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