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I found 2 baby pigeon squabs on 14th January. They became motherless after the construction workers who were working on the flat shooed the parent pigeons and dumped these two babies in a packet and kept them by the wall.

The security guard found them and gave them to us since I have 3 fantail pigeons as pets.

So from that day onwards I have been raising these two babies. Here are their pictures from the day they arrived till today.

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They are a pair. Male and Female. I have been feeding them grains and some mustard seeds. They love mustard seeds and prefer them over grains and rice.

So far they have been doing good and the male is able to fly around our house. The male is quiet and brooding and bites if disturbed. He has grown larger. And dislikes being touched or stroked. Flies away.

The female is a bit noisy and she loves intimidating my other pigeons. She loves challenging them in front of their cages. She also loves getting inside their cages to eat. And she squeaks a lot. She can also fly but not as good as her male counterpart. She doesn't fly much though. Just walks around. She doesn't bite and is more affectionate. She loves being stroked and is always looking for something to do.

They still chirp and squeak. However, they hate sunlight and get scared very easily. Whenever I try putting them in my balcony to get some sun, they quickly hide under a shed.
I take them out to make them see the sky but they squeak and get scared if a pigeon passes by or by any sort of movement.

They are most comfortable in our rooms. Sitting on the blanket or spreading their wings.

I am worried for these two. I can't leave them now since they are too small and still need shelter. They are common pigeons and one day they ll fly away so how should I groom them so that they get accustomed to the outside world? How will they overcome their fear? And opinions on their growth and size? Any suggestions and idea are welcome! :)
Thanks!

PS- They are 1 month old now.
 

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Hey diva1,
Thanx a tonn for saving and raising these two cute little birds.

Its way too early to predict genders. One can't tell genders for sure before pigeons get fully mature sexually at 5-7 months of age.
Really,you've done an amazing jod raising these two. At a month old they look nicely developed. Loved the 2nd last shot. thanx for sharing with us their story,habits and personality. Boy!they're adorable.
Rice isn't nutritionally good for pigeons. It should comprise only 2% of the whole pigeon feed. On the other hand mustard seeds are very beneficial for pigeons.

They are too young to be released yet. They maynot be able to keep up their body warmth out there as now they're raised indoors. And there's shortage of food around,cuz of winters so you would have to wait until summers.
Well actually, fear is pigeon's best friend. Fearful the bird,longer it survives in the wild.
If you're sure gonna release them back into wild then please don't socialise with them much. When they become self dependent you must soft release them first before setting them free into wild.
 

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I don't want to release them in the wild because I ve grown fond of them but since they are the flying type,I am certain they ll fly away as soon as they grow up. and thanks ;)
 

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Their are members on PT who have rescued baby ferals like you did and they claim that their birds never left and have become their pets forever. Even if they go away they come back after sometime. So your rescues may never leave and may become your pets as they've been handraised and have become tame..
But the squabs I've rescued and raised did came back to house for months but eventually found a mate for themselves in the wild and disappreared for ever.
 

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well they are imprinted on you and I would consider them domestic pets so letting them lose on the streets is not what we do with our pets. all pigeons in the USA are from the blood of domestic pigeons brought here by our forefathers, so they can be a pet as they are not a wild species or protected like true wild birds are.
 

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well they are imprinted on you and I would consider them domestic pets so letting them lose on the streets is not what we do with our pets. all pigeons in the USA are from the blood of domestic pigeons brought here by our forefathers, so they can be a pet as they are not a wild species or protected like true wild birds are.
imprinted means?
 

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imprinted means?
It means basically they have bonded with you , made a connection to you .

If you want to keep them.....I think it's well worth giving it a go and giving them a life long home for however short or long it happens to be.

good luck!
 

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It means basically they have bonded with you , made a connection to you .

If you want to keep them.....I think it's well worth giving it a go and giving them a life long home for however short or long it happens to be.

good luck!
Yes I ll keep them. The male is however very eager to fly all around and does not want to be caught.

Opinions on the growth and size? what else can i do for them?
 

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Most feral babies are smaller in stature , but what I saw of your pictures it looks like they are progressig well .

How do you want to keep them though ? ....do you want them to have a life outside and freedom to fly or do you plan in keeping them indoors ?

Myself .... I would try and build a small loft with an aviary section... your young ones will need to learn and see what happens outside .

I hand reared a couple of feral babies a couple years ago..I used to put them outside during the day and bring them in at night until I was sure they would handle the nights.
 

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So diva1,as you have decided to keep'em them indoors as your pets then you wouldn't wanna let them out to free fly cuz then they'll be prone to attacks by various predators. And one wouldn't wanna loose his pets to predators.
But you can build them a little aviary outdoors to let them soak sunlight, breathe some fresh air daily for few hours(not in bad weather). They will be safe there and they will love to bath and dry their feathers in the aviary.
 

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Yes ...they do .
I think you'll find they will do really well . Good luck with your aviary....keep us updated with pics :)
 

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Its the stage of their life when they can be tamed by socialising with them or let them decide their future to live out there as a wild bird.
Yes they would always want to go out and fly but its not good for an indoor pet pigeon. If you let them out they MAY be gone which aint good for them as its winters and they're not ready for the wild yet as they didn't learn to forage for food from their kind.
You can add for them perches where you keep them, also can give them some sort of soft/stuffed toys if they like'em which don't hurt them if they tip/fall over, and you can let play with your fantails but make sure your fantails don't bully them and dont let them sit near window to distrsct them from looking outside.
 
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