PIGEON PARENTS FEED THEIR YOUNG ON WHAT IS TERMED âPIGEON MILKâ. THIS IS NOT ANYTHING LIKE DAIRY MILK, ALTHOUGH IT IS OF THE SAME COLOR AND CONSISTENCY.
BABY PIGEONS CAN BE FED ON KAYTEE EXACT BABY FORMULA, EGG FOOD, NATURAL FLAVOURED COMPLAN (AVAILABLE IN THE UK) , OR CHICK CRUMBS THAT HAVE BEEN SOAKED IN HOT (NOT BOILING) WATER FOR HALF AN HOUR, BLENDED AND PASSED THROUGH A SIEVE.Â IN AN EMERGENCY THEY CAN BE FED PUPPY BISCUITS THAT HAVE BEEN SOAKED UNTIL THEY ARE FLUFFY.
UNLIKE OTHER BIRDS, BABY PIGEONS DO NOT GAPE TO BE FED.Â THE FLUTTER THEIR WINGS AND SQUEAK, AND THEN ARE âPUMPEDâ FOOD FROM THE PARENT BIRDSâ CROPS.
VERY YOUNG PIGEONS WILL HAVE TO BE FED BY SYRINGE OR TUBE.
YOU CAN FEED AN OLDER âBABYâ PIGEON GENTLY OPENING ITS BEAK AND INSERTING THE SOAKED BISCUITS.
YOU CAN MAKE A PASTE OF EGG FOOD, PUTTING IT IN ONE OF THOSE DISPOSABLE BAGS USED FOR PIPING ICING.Â GENTLY FORCE THE PIGEONS BEAK OPEN AND SQUEEZE SOME OF THE PASTE IN SLOWLY. ALLOW IT PLENTY OF TIME TO SWALLOW. OR YOU CAN SOAK THE EGG FOOD, LEAVE IT TO STAND AND THEN MAKE PELLETS OUT OF IT WHICH CAN BE FED AS DESCRIBED ABOVE FOR PUPPY BISCUITS.
Some Very Basic Pigeon Facts
Pigeons mate for life and rear their broods together, although if one dies the other will take a new mate. Once the simple nest is built, the female lays an egg and then another a day or so later. The incubation period for common pigeons is 17 to 19 days. The female sits on the egg from late afternoon through the night until about 10AM. The male then takes over and does the day shift. Once the eggs hatch, both parents feed the young squabs. The first food is pigeon milk or crop milk, a cheesy substance that appears in the crops of the parents at hatching time and is fed for a week or so. Then the adults start regurgitating partially digested grains for the young. By the time the squabs are ready to fly, about 4 weeks, the father is doing most of the feeding. The squabs are fed for another week to 10 days after they are free-flying.