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Victoria Crowned Pigeon Chick Feeding

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Published on Jun 6, 2013

Read updates on the chick on the keeper notes page at http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/blogs

Pins and Lady Pins, the Victoria crowned pigeons, have been a challenge for the animal staff. Lady Pins seems to exhibit a deep-rooted dislike of each egg that she lays. She lays the egg, stares at it, decides it can't possibly belong to her, and so abandons the nest. Pins has far better potential parenting skills and willingly takes over incubation of the egg. A few hours later, when it is time for Lady Pins to have her turn at incubating the egg, she is conspicuously absent. In frustration and hunger, Pins abandons the egg, realizing that Lady Pins is just not suited for parenthood.

So what happens to the egg? Bird keeper to the rescue! She sweeps the egg off to the incubator until, 28 days later, hatching day arrives. Raising baby pigeons is difficult. A newly-hatched crowned pigeon chick is naked, blind, dark blue in color, and really, really tedious to feed. Most baby birds can be fed on a schedule, but this baby crowned pigeon likes to decide when he wants to eat.

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