I rescued a baby pigeon yesterday from the alley where I work. He was huddled in a little corner and obviously not old enough to be out of the nest (still has yellow down / hair, no tail feathers yet, feathers still filling in). From what I've seen in researching online I would say he's about 3 weeks old.
I have him in a small bird cage in my laundry room (warmest room in the house). My boyfriend and I are both experienced at hand-feeding and have been giving him formula (exact Kaytee). he doesnt eat any cooked foods or seeds I've left in the cage.
He is very reluctant to eat the formula. I have a hard time getting him to open his beak - at most I can get him to eat a couple CCs per feeding (3X a day feeding).
he is standing looks alert, shining eyes etc and no visible injuries.
I need advice or help. i am not sure what the right move is next. I'd like to see him survive and prosper. The poor thing. Please advise ASAP!!
Met leah last night, gave her a better syringe tip for feeding, along w/ some tips and instructions. She is a bird person so I thin she has it in hand for the time being.
I do not think she will be able to see raising it all the way thru to soft release, as she is going out of town in a few weeks..so we will need to find someone to hand-off to for the last couple of weeks of raising.
At moment, I have the ScrubJay situation here, so....any volunteers welcomed. We can ultimately release in my n'hood...I just can't keep the bird inside here beforehand.