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    To Sid - baby pigeons

    Dear Sid,
    I return to this forum for your advice regarding baby pigeons.
    I live on the first floor of an apartment block which has a large courtyard out front and a more private one out back.
    I watched my pigeon friend mating on 4th July on the derelict building next door 2nd floor window sill.
    He and his mate were there for about a month afterwards without much movement then they seemed to disappear.
    I went upstairs to look onto that window sill and there were 2 little ones but where were the parents?
    I could not always keep up the watch.
    Last week a little one had flown down to outside my flat but on approaching it ran away, not flying, and is now down on the ground floor.
    Over the past few days the sibling has appeared.
    Both look very weak and try to fly but cannot.
    I think they can fly down but not up.
    I do not think they understand how to eat or drink as I have tried
    Today I think the mother returned.
    I am not sure if it is the mother because she looks different from my photo.
    She was eating the bread I gave to her and feeding those little ones
    The bigger of the little ones seemed to learn from the mother that you can eat from the ground as well as from mummy's mouth but not the other one.
    Right now those littl'uns are cuddled up to each other and sleeping in the more private courtyard.
    They look so sweet but so weak and vulnerable.
    I was thinking of trying to put them in a shoebox and bringing them up to my quite large balcony on the first floor and trying to look after them but I think they will again try to fly but again fall down to the ground floor.
    Do you have any advice Sid?
    I hope the mother (or that bird) returns to help but if she doesn't what should I do regarding proper food and water and care
    I will ask the caretaker to please let the other tenants to take care

    YNWA

    ScientificRed

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    Not sure if bread is a suitable food tbh.
    Try asking your local pet shop or RSPCA about suitable food and guidance.
    Good luck with the little ones.

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    Thanks Redebreck
    It was brown wholegrain bread if it makes any difference.
    Today I put out a few blueberries and a handful of mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame etc) on a sill where the mother was.
    I do not know if she will return.
    I do not want to put too much food about for fear other bigger birds or other predators may turn up.
    I live in Eastern Europe now. No RSPCA here.
    Got married in later life.

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    As long as you have internet access, you could search online for suitable food, maybe even advice.
    It might even be possible to email RSPCA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redebreck View Post
    As long as you have internet access, you could search online for suitable food, maybe even advice.
    It might even be possible to email RSPCA.
    Thank you Redebreck
    I found a good 'local' pet supplies shop albeit a bit far away but they spoke reasonable English and gave me hopefully good advice and food.
    YNWA

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    I rarely check the Off-topic section - so sorry I missed this!

    In terms of feeding them, ground up mealworms can be a great shout.

    It has to be said that Pigeons are, by and large, really quite rubbish parents - their nests are a bit pathetic!
    Your hobbies are rollerblading and you're also a bit of a rat-hound? Steel Wool
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    Worms, winged vermin like worms.

    They live in the soil (worms) you could grab a few worms and see if the daft bird learns a trick.

    Surprised some cats haven't killed it yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insidious View Post
    I rarely check the Off-topic section - so sorry I missed this!

    In terms of feeding them, ground up mealworms can be a great shout.

    It has to be said that Pigeons are, by and large, really quite rubbish parents - their nests are a bit pathetic!
    You mean pigeons the things that don't move until you've nearly stepped on them / kicked them?

    who'd of thought it.

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    Just to let those who were concerned
    The baby pigeons are ok.
    And a remark...
    Not even a quite innocent post such as this escapes the vitriole and bile that abounds on this forum.
    And on a check... No post to honour the passing of Jimmy Greaves.
    What a sham of a football forum.
    RIP Jimmy . You were the best at your trade. footballer striker and pundit too.
    Perhaps Saint beamed you up!
    Bye bye!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev0909 View Post
    You mean pigeons the things that don't move until you've nearly stepped on them / kicked them?

    who'd of thought it.
    Pigeons behave like that because they perceive time and space differently.
    As you walk towards them they see you coming in slow motion and don't react as they aren't bothered by you, they are hard to catch.
    The hawk/eagle has to fly up high and drop down in a death spiral to catch them.

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