How to Care for Pigeons | Pigeon Keeping for Beginners

Keeping pigeons as pets can be thought of by many and pigeons can prove to be smart, intelligent, lovable, and peaceful pets.

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They are quite friendly and homely and quickly adapt to the homely routines. But before keeping pigeons as pets certain practices need to be taken care of.

Things to Remember Before You Get a Pigeon:

Preparedness 

The first and foremost thing is to make up your mind whether you want to keep pigeons as pets or not because keeping a pet takes a lot of time and due care is needed. Pets need utmost care and affection and if prepared to care and pay proper attention then go for purchasing pigeons as pets.

Protected and guarded coops

It is necessary to ensure that pigeons must be kept in a protected and guarded place which is not prone to any vulnerability. A single pigeon can be kept so bringing a group of pigeons would imply due care of them and must be guarded against any type of calamity or vulnerability.

Suitable aviary

Setting up of a suitable aviary that is of accurate size and dimensions which must be at least 2 feet in length, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet in depth or maybe of a larger size so that the pigeon can fit in properly and is comfortable enough for pigeons to live.

It depends upon where you want to keep the cage inside or outside as per the place choose a suitable size of the cage required for the pigeons. Pigeons need due comfort and protection and prefer living in a place that brings them more comforts.

Driving pigeons to the aviary

Once an aviary of accurate dimensions is set up drive your pigeons there. Escort your pigeons there ensuring proper feeding and water facilities are provided there to them and verify that they are protected there.

Building an eyrie

Pigeons usually build their nests so keep some material in the aviary so that they can build up their nests in the cage for living. Unlike humans, pigeons find peace in living in nests so ensure that twigs, grass, and leaves are kept so that it becomes easy for pigeons to build up their nests.

Nourishment 

For better health care, it is a must to properly feed good quality grains that are enriched with good amounts of nutrients along with adequate amounts of water.

This is to ensure the body gets proper nutrients and water for a balanced and healthy body of the pigeons ensuring their body gets enough nourishment.

Medication and cure

 Pigeons need due care and attention and if any injury is caused mostly home remedies are preferred like turmeric, neem, tulsi, and other ayurvedic medicines to cure the wound.

Some breeds require due care and medical treatment so a veterinarian is a must who can treat that special breed with the specific treatment needed.

How to care for pigeons?

Pigeons are the most lovable creatures and loving, and caring for them is required the most. Purchasing is not just enough but ensuring that utmost care, love, and affection are provided to the pet pigeons.

Be it our pet or any lost pet every creature needs to be cared for. For taking care of a pigeon one must keep and mind the following:

Protective shelter 

For taking care of pigeons a suitable shelter with the right amount of warmth must be provided to the pigeon. To ensure more comfort and safety from high or low temperatures in the summer and winter season.

The aviary must provide all the necessary requirements for the pigeons to stay guarded and no harm is there from any vulnerability or other animals.

Feeding and water

Foodgrains or seeds of good quality standards enriched with all balanced nutrients must be given to the pigeons. Feeding ensures good health and a balanced body along with the right amount of water helps to reduce weakness.     

Alertness and vigilance

Proper handling of pigeons using both hands one hand for holding tight and the other for caressing the body so that if there is any injury can be cured using home remedies like turmeric, neem, tulsi, and ayurvedic medicines.

Exuberance 

Amongst everything, pigeons can be taken care of by love and happiness because giving love can make pigeons happy and healthy. Alone a pigeon can be too unhappy but when kept with others of its own can make it happy and healthy.

How to Take Care of Baby Pigeons?

Parents know how to take care of their babies. If your pigeon pair gave birth to chicks, let them handle their babies. They can do it. Both male and female pigeons can produce milk, but very few of them actually do so. For a baby, parental milk is the best food.

In case your pigeons are not producing milk, you have to take responsibility. There are milk recipes available in the market, which you can purchase after the vet’s recommendation. The milk recipe results in liquid formula and can be given to little ones.

They are unable to sip it. You need a small syringe to feed them. Fill it with milk and lubricate the mouth of the syringe, then lower it down into the chick’s mouth. You need to do it 2-3 times a day when kids are very small.

The little birds grow very fast, and after 5 days, you will need a bigger syringe. This routine must last for 2-3 weeks until they are old enough to learn to eat seeds. You can place a few of them, and the little ones can try pecking at them.

You can also try feeding them seeds by hand, so they learn it. At this age, they must also learn to drink water. Place a water bowl, so they dip their beaks. Also, remember to keep it clean. Until they get 6 weeks old, they need special care.

Feeding the Pigeons

To provide proper nutrition to your baby pigeon, you must give them quality food. Seeds are the best thing to feed pigeons. Pelleted feeds are always recommended. Pigeons eat different kinds of seeds with joy.

Apart from this, vegetables and fruits should also form part of your pigeon’s food. You can chop them finely and mix them up with their seed feed.

Apples, pears, mashed boiled eggs, breadcrumbs, spinach, carrots, rice, etc., are healthy foods that will only enhance the nutritional value of the market-bought feed you usually feed to your pigeon.

To fulfill their calcium needs, you can give them oyster shells.  Calcium or other food supplements also won’t do any harm. Consult your vet and include it in your pet’s diet.

Disease Prevention

Only a healthy pigeon can bear healthy babies. So, rather than curing their problem on time, you must prevent the diseases.

Pet pigeons have a different level of immunity, and they cannot survive the bacteria, which often come accompanied by wild pigeons. So, don’t let your pets come into contact.

Also, the pigeons spend most of their time in their loft, so they must be kept clean and dry. It should be airy and safe. Place it at some height, so your pigeons are not threatened by cats or dogs.

Clean food and water with enough food supplements keep them healthy and also boost their immunity.

Discipline

Training your baby pigeon is essential to build good habits and keep them healthy. Don’t let them anywhere near muddy water or gutter.  They should not feed on specific leaves and weeds. Don’t let them wander out on the lawn all on their own.

Training them is an absolute necessity. Take hard actions if you need, like not feeding them for once and tell them that they are being punished. They understand and learn.

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