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Mummy Dora raised two beautiful squabs with her mate, Pidge.

The babies grew quickly and healthily, however, about a month and a half after they had hatched I had to remove them and mix them with other young pigeons in another aviary because the adult pigeons were starting to have a go at the babies when they started to venture out of their nest. Poor Dora and Pidge had to say a quick goodbye and good luck to their big darlings.

P1010136Dora’s babies quickly settled in with the other juveniles and are now waiting to be released as a flock once the weather gets better (so much snow, rain and cold weather this winter in Kent). The group will be released at a place where there is another pigeon flock and where there is food for them.

Dora is already trying to start another family. She’s so maternal!


Dora and Pidge on the right and their babies on the left.

Found the following story on the Pij ‘n’ Angels forum and I love it. It really shows how amazing pigeons can be.

Noah, the Homing Pigeon/Rock Dove and the Bunnies

The Pigeon and the BunniesThese little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well.

Enter Noah—the non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that we have here in rehab.

Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in—even sleeping in front of the door to the cage. Then, 2 days ago, I only counted 2 bunnies in the cage, so I hurriedly picked Noah up from the front of the cage so I could look inside. And to my surprise—there was the tiny bunny—under Noah’s wing—sound asleep!

The Pigeon and the Bunnies

The Pigeon and the Bunnies

The Pigeon and the Bunnies

The bunny had crawled through the cage—preferring a featherbed, no doubt. Now, they are all together, and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah’s feathers, he extends his wings out to surround them—and they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak!

(From: http://wildroserescueranch.com/the-pigeon-and-the-bunnies.htm)

About a week ago Dora’s eggs hatched. She had laid them under a hutch in her aviary (where there are 12 other pigeons), where she’s successfully reared babies before, however, the day after they hatched it snowed heavily.

I was worried for them of course since it was very cold but Dora and her mate, Pidge, are excellent parents and kept their babies warm. Here’s a photo of their week (about) old babies. Very sweet little things with their yellow caps on! :)

Dora's babies

15th Jan - about a week old.

Dora's babies 18th Jan

18th Jan - three days later and look how big they have grown!!