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HELP! I'VE FOUND A BABY PIGEON OR COLLARED DOVE - WHAT SHALL I DO?

LOTS OF USEFUL INFORMATION HERE ON THE PIGEON AND DOVE WEBSITE:- http://www.pigeonrescue.co.uk/caringforababypigeon.htm
Out of the nest at this age and their parents will NOT feed them

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 !

Gentle collared doves make easy prey for predators

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.

This baby pigeon came in as a HERON !

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.

This is a baby dove and has a huge beak.

EMERGENCY FEEDING

 

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.

Baby collared dove whose mum was killed by a sparrowhawk. The egg also hatched & both were reared successfully as can be seen on the following image !

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.

Collared Dove with dropped left wing
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The Wildlife Orphanage, located off the A19 between Selby and York, is a small wildlife rescue specialising in the care of young wild animals and birds.

APRIL 2017 

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. A LOOK BACK AT 2016

October News

HEDGEHOGS, THE AUTUMN JUVENILES FLOOD IN!

Baby Pixie arrived weighing only 100g and has numerous problems
Pixie has to have Imaverol baths to clear his skin
Pixie is suffering from mites & ringworm and is in a bad way for such a tiny hedgehog

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.