I stumbled across a ferile chick wood pigeon which looked like it had
fallen from a nest under a bridge. My initial thought was to leave it
be but it was making no attempt to fly or run away from me, so I decided
to take it home and hand rear it until it was ready to be returned back
to its nesting site.
I searched google to gather some info on feeding and also found this
site which helped me to determine its age,
from the pics the chick was looking closer to 20 days old
so I kept it in a fairly large cardboard box close to a radiator. for the
first 3 to 4 days it was very chirpy and was eating corn,peas,seeded bread
and oats from my hand. I also gave it milky water via a syringe dropper. I
tried to feed it 3 times a day and every feed time it was the usual
pecking at my hands and chirping.
I was starting to get quite fond of this little chirpy chick and feeding
it was a pleasing experience as it was always huddling close to me.
On day 4 after feeding it, I noticed it was a little quieter than usual so
I just thought it may have eaten too much and left it at that, but I was
upset to find it motionless in the corner of the box a few hours later.
I was looking forward to seeing it fly.
Is it common for hand reared ferile chicks to die so quickly ?
(I did notice some fluid around its mouth).
I've rescued other animals sucessfully but birds not so successfully.