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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.

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Are they drinking water on their own? Offer them a bowl and gently dunk their beaks into it (not nostrils) and see if they are drinking-then they will be eating on their own soon. You can hand feed them pigeon seed (about a tablespoon) and then make sure they drink water when done.

They should be eating a seed diet, and that is usually incorporated the 3 rd and 4th week when still on formula. Leave a deep dish of seed around for them 24/7 and encourage an interest by moving seeds around with your finger, and also dropping some around them. Do this before feeding them when they are really hungry. Hunger is the motivator.

Also, you can start feeding them thawed and/or drained corn and peas, and get their palets used to the feel of it on their tongue, you don't need to feed them formula now if they are fully grown.
 
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