Baby pigeons


we have a pigeon nest in our garden. The chicks look to be around 10 days old I think. Mum left them this morning and hasn’t returned ... should I be worried? How long can then be left at this point?


nancy :) 

  • What species of pigeon Nancy & where are you?


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  • Ah apologies - I should have been more specific - I’m in surrey, uk and it’s just a common pigeon (not a collared dove etc)

    Are you near here Nancyif you need help & advice if parent bird not back yet?


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  • That’s near enough - I’m also not far from wildlife aid.
    Parent did come back but I’ll keep a close eye over the next few days and call them if not
    Just wasn’t sure how long to wait until I intervene?
  • So pleased to hear parent is back & that you are looking out for them!
    A regular on here called Monkeycheese has a great deal to do with feral pigeon rescue in London & links with Pigeon Rescue, they are a great bunch ... MC even has an aviary in his garden now to help cope with releases & long term stayers ... I have alerted him to your concerns by email & am sure he will give you good advice, he may well be at work just now!


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  • Hi Nancy, Where is the nest located? If it's in a tree it's most likely a Wood Pidge or Collared Dove. Ferals don't typically nest in trees, but they are prone to doing the unexpected. The male will incubate or stay with young during the day and the female at night. The partner is rarely far away. As the young get older and feeds are less frequent, the adults leave their offspring alone for longer periods of time. Personally I would advise against taking them to Wildlife Aid. How far are you from Sutton? Pigeon Recovery are based there and will always take in Pidges, no matter how young. You can PM me if you have any questions. As Wendy says, I do have a release aviary in the garden and I also rescue injured or vulnerable Pidges.

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    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)


  • Thank you!
    Probably a wood pigeon then - in foliage on top of the fence (overgrown ivy etc)
    Ok will do - I’ll keep a close eye.
    I’m in molesey so not too far from sutton if needs be :)
    They’re back now so hopefully they’ll continue to hang around :)