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  1. General Discussions
    So my pigeon is now 19 days old and doing good, except he seems to not want to be hand fed as much as he used to. He used to eat quite a bit but now he only seems to want a little then gets fussy (he’s currently on Kaytee exact) but he will peck away at seeds no problem and seems to eat those...
  2. I found a pigeon or dove - now what?
    Hello all, A pair of doves selected a hanging plant on my 3rd story apartment balcony to make their nest recently and had two adorable babies that hatched on August 20th. During the recent hurricane that hit the American Gulf Coast (Hurricane Harvey) the plant was swinging back and fourth...
  3. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    Hey all, I posted a little earlier about my bird having a bit of trouble being weaned off kaytee formula (at about a month old)- dropping seeds whenever he picked it up regardless of what size (or the fact that I'd seen him eat them before). He had a bit of malnutrition when he was young and...
  4. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    Hey, I've been hand rearing a chick that I got from a friends coop (the parents were killed by hawks and it was starving for a time until we found it extremely skinny). Got him at about a week and a half, had him for about a month and believe he had paromyxovirus for a time (awkward head...
  5. I found a pigeon or dove - now what?
    Hello I'm new to this. I found a baby dove and have been caring for it for 2 weeks now. He is eating seeds , but very little. Every time it sees me, it goes after my hands and wants baby food. How can I get him to eat on his own and not be dependent?
  6. General Discussions
    Hello.. I found a 2 week old squab and have hand fed her up to her current age which is about 5 weeks. I'm starting to wean her off of hand feeding now. I am very fond of her and it seems mutual. She lives in a nice size cage in my house. We spend time outdoors during feeding and she flies to...
  7. General Discussions
    So my wee girl is having kaytee in the morning and night and defrosted peas for lunch, shes starting to peck around the ground a little so am thinking its time to maybe introduce seed. Where i live theres no such thing as pigeon seed so i have budgie seed but am thinking its way to small. I...
  8. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    I took in an abandoned baby mourning dove after falling out of nest in the last big storm we had out here in Kansas. Sadly his sibling did not survive the fall. I began to wean off formula yesterday but last night I noticed that my precious Mourning Baby got sick and threw up a couple of...
  9. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Hey guys, I posted about a month back regarding my diamond dove, Pidgey. Pidgey just turned two months old on Monday, and she (tentatively switching genders though the eye ring hasn't turned red yet) STILL isn't self-sustaining. She is 100% entirely on seeds now, and I feed her by guiding her...
  10. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    day 18 This is Pidgey. Pidgey is a diamond dove, turned 3 weeks old today, May 5th. I work at PetSmart, our birds laid eggs, and someone did not toss them like they should've, an after they reached a certain point in incubation I basically forbade everyone to touch them and I offered to take...
  11. General Discussions
    Several months ago I wrote of adding a heat source to my loft because I had a winter baby I did not want to lose. It worked out well at first but because of the INSANE fluctuating temperatures we've had this winter , having 50+degree days and then days in the single digits in the same week ...
  12. I found a pigeon or dove - now what?
    Just over 2 weeks ago my cat bought in a baby dove late at night. The dove didn't yet have any feathers and based on photos online I estimated it was about a week old. After having no luck finding the nest I brought it to the vet clinic the next day. I was told I could either hand rear it or...
  13. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Hi all, I have a question... I have been hand feeding my diamond dove since she was kicked out of her nest by her parents in our aviary since she was 11 days old. Tomorrow she will be 1 month. I was hoping someone can give me awesome advice on how to convince her seeds are food?? At the...
  14. General Discussions
    Last week Thursday a friend called me and said she had found a baby dove. It's nest broke apart and it fell onto the driveway. One of the parents stayed with the baby for hours after it fell but towards dark it flew away and didn't come back. Since she knew I had hand raised birds (parrots)...
  15. General Discussions
    I rescued and hand reared 2 feral pigeon squabs. I got them weaned and everything seemed OK. But I have a big problem with one chick. It will only eat one kind of seed (a small red one) from the seed mix. It won't eat anything else! Its sibling liked the cracked corn the best, but when that...
  16. Homing & Racing Pigeons
    It may sound like Im getting ahead of myself because yb season has just finished, but its never too early to plan for next season. My goal this year is to have a yb team to where I dont have to worry about the molt during the race season. In order to do this I wll have to use some kind of...
  17. General Discussions
    I've been weaning a mourning dove fledging off Kaytee, and he seems to be taking to seeds well - but he very suddenly seemed weak (yesterday he was flying around and calling out excitedly, today he just sits there on his "ankles" and doesn't chirp, doesn't flap or preen). I tried giving him...
  18. General Discussions
    I have recently reduced formula feeding to once per day, late at night. But the problem is, the bird's crop is always empty when I do formula feeding - is there some sort of transition where the fledging no longer constantly support a full crop? My mourning dove is eating on his own, rather...
  19. I found a pigeon or dove - now what?
    We have some hand reared orphaned pigeons which seem reluctant to eat themselves. Any ideas how we can help them along please ?. They are fully feathered underwing & becoming reluctant to hand feed. So the time seems right to move them on to self feeding. Thanks For Reading.
  20. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    Hi everyone, So glad I found this forum. A little background: When pulling hay off the hay wagon, I found a little baby pigeon squeaking like crazy down deep in the stack. She had fallen from the rafters of a very huge barn. She would have died had it not been for the hay. According to pics...
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