Pigeon Tales

April 15, 2008

About Mommy and Daddy Pigeon and Baby Pigeons (2-4 days)

Diary, 4/13/2008

Hey folks – I have to tell you something about Mommy and Daddy and how they care for us. They must have some alarmclocks built inside and the day looks like this:

Mommy cares for us during the night. She sits on the nest – hey – that’s a huge flower pot on the balcony of our landlords – wonderful place – always dry, protected from the wind and the crows, clean and very quiet. Our landlords are very considerate and care for us. They offer breakfeast and lunch and always have some goodies prepared for us. Very nice!

Okay – Mommy cares for us during the night and keeps us warm till the next day until 11.30. When she hears Daddy’s flapping of his wings she leaves our nest and Daddy starts his duty until the early evening at around 6 pm. I think Daddy is a bit greedy for food so he always stops on the food plate first before he sits down to take over his duties. But nevertheless he very much cares for us and protects us.

Sometimes he thinks that the landlords are coming too close to his beloved ones and so he starts hissing, blowing himself up like a bodybuilder – he makes himself really big – impressive – and really looks angry and is ready to do everything to defend his little ones. I think he is a bit a choleric – Mommy never makes such a fuss – I think she knows better that no-one is doing us any harm here.

Hey – do you realize that we are growing rapidly? Must be the goodies from our landlords – my skin is darkening. I am a bit sad that I am losing my pinky skin colour – but looked like a little piggy anyway – maybe it’s better now…

4 days (front) and 2 days (back)

And look – how Mommy keeps us warm – we are looking sooooooo content:

hey – did you also realize that I can open my eyes? After 4 days I finally can see this ugly world – boy – how boring – nothing happening here….

Okay – let’s go for another nap…see ya!





  1. Hello, we just found a baby pigeon in a parking garage, but we could not find the nest, the baby was actually on the hood of my car, now we have he baby at home not sure to how to take care of it, could u please help us. Right now i have been feeding it bog biscuits soaked in milk. The baby seems to be 2-4 days old it look just your pictures.

    Comment by Val — August 23, 2009 @ 4:03 am | Reply

  2. Give the baby crushed rice,mixed with warm water (not too much,or the baby will get indigestion, so about 1 tsp) and warm sugared water. Feed it through a syringe.
    Keep the baby warm by making a little nest of hay and put a little blanket on the baby (not covering its head or he will suffocate). Check on him morning and evening.
    Feed him at 6.00pm on the dot!
    DO NOT FEED DOG BISCUITS because again, we get indigestion.

    Comment by Eliot Wilson — September 7, 2009 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

    • Eliot, thanks for your answer on Val’s comment but this comes a bit late as she found the baby in august….

      Comment by pigeonwriter — September 8, 2009 @ 7:57 am | Reply

  3. ~Hello! I LOVE your pics! Soooo family orientated! I too have a pigeon! She was found in the middle of our friends street. She looks just like your Emma! I named mine Faith. I have raised many different kinds of birds from around our area but I have NEVER raised a pigeon! It was quite an experience! They are VERRRY smart n LOVEABLE! People call me Mrs. Doolittle in our parts. Everyone knows where to bring their lost or abandoned animals! A couple of my birds stuck around our house n even made nests in our trees. One of the maaaany robins I raised had pushed one of her babies out of her nest almost hitting me! Her name was Tweety, so I named her baby Twitter. I always try NOT to get attatched to my animals but this one weighs heavy on my heart. She even takes naps with me! I HATE letting them go. That’s the hardest part! At the same time…it’s nice to hear them singing to me when I go out to water my gardens. Some still perch on my shoulder from time to time but not many come back after winter. Makes me wonder if they are ok…grrrr! Lol! I hate worrying about my babies! Angelo, Pete n Jimmy are BEAUTIFUL! We don’t have the lighter colored pigeons around here. I wish we did! I would go around stealing their babies! LMAO! There used to be a lot more pigeons in our area but the local authorities had scared them away with the crows! Crows were over abundant in the down town areas and were making a nuisance of themselves! I don’t understand why they came to town. Usually they stick to the corn fields. I just have one question…how can you tell what’s male n female with pigeons? I guessed with Faith n hopefully I am right! Lol! Otherwise I have a male with a female name! That’s ok though. She/He hasn’t complained n knows its name very good! Well, I will let you go. Just wanted to share n maybe get the answer to that question. Have a wonderful day my fellow animal lover. Peace~

    Comment by Veronica Henshaw — October 8, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

    • Veronica,
      thank you so much for your story and lovely comment.
      I would recommend you to join “Pij’n Angels” Forum – there are a bunch of extremely nice, pigeon and all animals loving people who are not only very friendly but also very savant in regard of rescue, healing and nurturing.
      Their website is under http://pij-n-angels.forumotion.net/
      Would be nice to say hello to you there…

      I nearly forgot to answer your question. Normally you will be able to differentiate a male from a female pigeon after you have watched them for a while. A male’s behaviour is clearly visible during courtship when he chases the hen, dances around her, coos intensively and blows up his crop and bows all the time. And although females sometimes splay their tail feathers too, males do this much more often. Females also can blow up their crops when they are menacing another hen or male but they don’t do this so distinctly. Outside courtship you will notice that males are often slightly larger than females and their behaviour is often much more “bossy” and bold. Also the voices are different. While males normally coo with a strong voice, sometimes sounding quite hoarse, the females have a more “tender” voice, higher toned, sounding seductive.

      Comment by pigeonwriter — October 9, 2009 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  4. Love the pics Petra, gorgeous Mommy and little squabs!

    Comment by AviatorRodent — April 1, 2010 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

  5. Richard 😛

    Comment by AviatorRodent — April 9, 2010 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  6. Hello, we live in France and have a pigeonnaire
    It houses about 8 pigeons. Twice now we thought we had babies as we heard them cheeping to be fed. This went on for about two weeks and then nothing – silence and no baby pigeons. Does anyone know what could be happening up there?? thanks

    Comment by rox openshaw — July 25, 2010 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

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