How To Save A Baby Pigeon From Dying
Squab deaths in most pigeon farms were very common. Out of 10 diseases, 60% occurred by feed serving, 10% were both for microbial and genetical causes and 20% for the parents’ behaviour of those squabs. If a rearer could provide balanced diet in various stages and observed pigeons’ behaviour deeply it would possible to overcome above mentioned problems/diseases. In Bangladesh remarkable squab deaths were found in most pigeon farms. Within these very common was embryonic death within the egg.
For completely confined rearing or semi-intensive rearing system pigeons cannot take enough vegetables. From my own experiences if pigeons are reared in open place they easily can take grass or other plants which can be a good source of vitamin K. By providing green/red amaranath inside the cage for ensuring vitamin K or other good components of the pigeons may overcome their any vitamin deficiency.
Pet shops of the country always provide lots of vitamin either they are water soluble (A, D, E, K) or others. In any emergencies some experienced pigeon keepers help to remove egg shell during hatching. For this, due to hand pressure heavy bleeding may happens which enhances chick death. In this case, for any newcomer, special care should take and of course need help from an expert at the first stage.
If the growth of squab is good of course it can hatch later. In pigeon/dove, it shows unequal size of the squab. This is very natural and genetical cause. This is another cause of squab death. Poorly grown squab is automatically died for malnutrition. Transferring that squab to another pair in very few cases it can overcome but for genetically weak squab most cannot. Some pigeons fight on the squab after hatching and it is a great cause of the chick death. That time alternative use of parents may avoid such death.
Inexperienced parents show the foot pressure on squab which is another cause of squab death. Pigeon keepers are always supplied same type of feed in different stages which are not scientific. In fact, till now, pigeon rearing in Bangladesh is just a hobby and only wheat, corn, and paddy are common feed item. Paddy is dangerous for its bristles which can attach within the gullet of the pigeon and causes canker.
After 3-5 days of hatching we should provide very fine granular feed. Large-sized feed may store in squabs’ crop and causes compaction. Rearers use more vitamins which are good for early production but the longevity or viability of those pigeons may fall later. Rearers collect or buy pigeons from the unwanted sources. Before hatching if we supply highly energetic feed to parents, it creates immediate heat which will be fatal for the squab. If this case, hand feeding or transfer the squab to another parent is must.
After discussing with some pigeon rearers normally they are not bothered for taking adequate knowledge on their bird. So day after day they are facing same types of problems of those squabs in their loft. For this experiment, Indigenous/Local Pigeon, Lotan, Tumbler, Lahore, Indian Fantail, and Sottobanca pigeons were observed. At the time of hatching or after hatching within a few days, above incidents were found. After embryonic death, dissection were completed and observed the raw umbilical cord. From the various sources these types of squab death records were collected. Deaths for the unequal growth of squab in many farms were common.
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