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Skye and Sonica are the proud step-parents of a newly hatched chick! This was brought about because Grim needed a fertile egg incubated (hatched and raised, and then returned). Since last Wednesday, they have dutifully kept at their respective roles as partners in the hatching. Giving them peanuts and food thru-out the day hasn't hurt either. :p

I went out in the coop this morning to catch Sonica feeding the little newly hatched little one. I noticed yesterday the egg had an eruption coming from within, pipping...quite a surpise!!

She grumped at me and didn't want me near though, I moved her to take a look. She is now a mother with responsiblities and is taking them very seriously. I went out noon and caught Skye feeding the little one too. Though the baby hatched earlier then expected, I'm think they have plenty of pigeon milk.

Though both had an extremely hard beginning in life, they seem to know what to do. They never have ever had success with incubating eggs (fertile or dummy)they always gave up before the due date, and they seemed very unhappy with the task. Sonica used to leave the nest as soon as she heard me filling up the pools, for swim time and she would join right in. Skye also used to crawl away from the egg, and end up "nesting" on his porch, rather then on the actual nest. He would look at me, and I would say... " Skye, it doesn't work that way, that is cheating."

I am happy :) to say they seem to be doing well, and am glad they get the chance to be parents, since they have always played the dependent and needy pets, always getting their way. Hopefully they will feel more like real pigeons now-with real responsiblities, having a small life that is totally dependent on them,... though I dearly adored their utter emotional dependence on me, I'm glad they get to see the other side of the coin. :D

AND MOST IMPORTANT....I hope to get pictures soon.
 

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Skye and Sonica are the proud step-parents of a newly hatched chick! This was brought about because Grim needed a fertile egg incubated (hatched and raised, and then returned). Since last Wednesday, they have dutifully kept at their respective roles as partners in the hatching. Giving them peanuts and food thru-out the day hasn't hurt either. :p

I went out in the coop this morning to catch Sonica feeding the little newly hatched little one. I noticed yesterday the egg had an eruption coming from within, pipping...quite a surpise!!

She grumped at me and didn't want me near though, I moved her to take a look. She is now a mother with responsiblities and is taking them very seriously. I went out noon and caught Skye feeding the little one too. Though the baby hatched earlier then expected, I'm think they have plenty of pigeon milk.

Though both had an extremely hard beginning in life, they seem to know what to do. They never have ever had success with incubating eggs (fertile or dummy)they always gave up before the due date, and they seemed very unhappy with the task. Sonica used to leave the nest as soon as she heard me filling up the pools, for swim time and she would join right in. Skye also used to crawl away from the egg, and end up "nesting" on his porch, rather then on the actual nest. He would look at me, and I would say... " Skye, it doesn't work that way, that is cheating."

I am happy :) to say they seem to be doing well, and am glad they get the chance to be parents, since they have always played the dependent and needy pets, always getting their way. Hopefully they will feel more like real pigeons now-with real responsiblities, having a small life that is totally dependent on them,... though I dearly adored their utter emotional dependence on me, I'm glad they get to see the other side of the coin. :D

AND MOST IMPORTANT....I hope to get pictures soon.

Definately.......THAT is important!! Congrats to Skye and Sonica.........I'm sure they'll do a wonderful job. Maybe it's a good thing the egg hatched early. I've had a pair raise babies with success after only sitting on the eggs for 11 days......so I'm sure they'll do fine.
 

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THAT IS JUST SUPER, Treesa!! :D

Will most definitely look forward to your pictures!!

Please give Skye and Sonica and the little one HUGS and SCRITCHES -when you can...from

Shi/Squeaks/Dom/Gimie/Woe :)
 

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Congratulation on the hatchling. How wonderful. I am sure Skye and Sonica are proud parents and enjoy the experience.

Reti
 

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Treesa,

That is so neat. Yes, PICTURES! I bet you want to go out and check on them every half hour. LOL. Sounds like they are doing really well with their new baby.

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I had no clue they never would set before. Now I see why you were so cautious with them and the egg. I am glad they are doing well with the little guy. We will have to put an NPA band on his opposite leg (To tell him apart) so we can track this guys progress in training.
 

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Thank you everyone for your comments and congratulations to the new parents and the baby.

SORRY... NO PICS YET....I'm holding off on the pics, as Sonica is seriously grunting at me, and I don't want to disturb them right now. They are SO new to this that I am not sure if the constant interruption will scare them off or not.

Grim, thank you again for giving Skye and Sonica this very rewarding opportunity. Also, you may want to drop off that band within the next few days :p , if everything goes well THAT BABY MIGHT BE HUGE FROM THE MEALS HE IS GETTING, AND I will start trying to band the youngster at 5 days, as I have done with all mine.
 

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Skye was not a happy camper as you can tell by his face.

We are waiting to clean when baby is 5 days old, hopefully it won't upset them, but by then..it is usually in great need of cleaninghigh ...:p
 

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Skye thanks you for the compliment, Grim. He said you better get that band here soon, as baby is growing by leaps and bounds! :p

Thank you for the kind comments,Terry... and mom and baby are doing well today.

Tomorrow I'm cleaning out the nest box and putting a cleaned up bowl, and I will check the baby out, up close and personal, and try to get some better pics. :)
 

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Sporting my new band

I put the band n yesterday, and had a hard time getting it over that back toe, but this morning it was missing!!!! I looked high and low as I already had dumped out the dirty nest bowl and newspaper, and finally found it in the corner of the floor.

Well we put it on again....but it may not stay again....stay tuned... :p
 

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Yes, :D that band does look a little big...such "grown up" bling for such a little one...for now! :D

GREAT UPDATES, Treesa! MANY THANKS!

Continuing to send Love, Hugs and Scritches to ALL from

Shi/Squeaks/Dom/Gimie/Woe :)
 

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What a cutie!!! I wonder if you could use something as a temporary band below the real band so it doesn't slip off till he grows a bit?
 
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