Whenever I receive a phone call from someone who has found a baby bird stating: "Oh it's a prehistoric looking thing, its got a long beak and yellow fuzzy bits"
I know exactly what they are describing - a baby pigeon or dove !
THERE ARE THREE STAGES OF BABY PIGEON:-
1. The Hatchling - These babies are covered in yellow down. Their eyes are probably still closed. If out of their nest, their parents will NOT FEED THEM, please do not listen to anyone who tells you to leave them where they are. If you do they will die. A hatchling out of the nest will become cold very quickly and needs immediate help.
1. The Squeaker - These babies have some feathers coming through but as still quite downy. Their eyes are open. If out of their nest, their parents will NOT FEED THEM, please do not listen to anyone who tells you to leave them where they are. If you do they will die.
BABY PIGEONS AND DOVES are known as crop feeders. In the natural world the baby puts his beak into his mum or dad's beak and draws a mixture called crop milk.
In Rescue, we feed directly into the crop using a syringe and a crop tube. The babies are fed KAYTEE EXACT which is a powder containing all the vitamins a baby bird needs. KAYTEE can be purchased from Ebay and Amazon quite easily.
1. Never feed a baby pigeon which is cold. It must be warmed up first and kept warm otherwise it will die.
2. Readybrek made with warm water can be syringe fed
WOOD PIGEONS build nests which are very frugal, just a few twigs laid across each other on a branch. Consequently, during bad weather and high winds, this nest doesn't last long and the babies end up on the ground.
If you should find a baby pigeon, it will need warmth. Sometimes they look totally lethargic and beyond help, but it's amazing what warmth will do.
Collared doves rear young most of the year, even in Winter. The baby in the above image was born in February and the egg, its soon to be sibling, was hatched here at the Wildlife Orphanage.
With very little sunshine during the Winter, these birds, originally from India, where it is much warmer, can suffer a calcium deficiency leaving them unable to walk.
This can be rectified, but if you should find a baby collared dove, unable to walk, please mention this calcium deficiency to your Vet or Wildlife Rescue. It is not a hopeless case and the baby may be saved from being put to sleep.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.