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It has been about a week since I gave my readers an update on the pair of pigeon babies living on our porch. Hal and Ashby - the names I decided on - are doing very well. Their mother continues to be attentive though sometimes when we come by to take a peek at the babes nestled near propane she flies off. Other times she holds her ground and stares at us intently, guarding her little ones who aren’t so little anymore.
H&A have grown exponentially this week more than doubling in size. Just in the past couple of days their yellow baby fur has started to give way to gray feathers, confirming they are, in fact, pigeons and not chickens. I haven’t seen it yet, but Jeremy tells me they are opening their eyes, which mean the bulbs protruding from their little heads have in fact grown into purposeful body parts. It is all like one big science project that we check on daily and learn more about how the life cycle works by simply lifting the grill cover.
You probably find this either fascinating or disgusting. Jeremy points out that while this is interesting, educational and kind of adorable, we’re also allowing pigeons to breed more “flying rats” in a city already overpopulated with them. And yet, when they’re your own flying rats you feel differently about them….

It has been about a week since I gave my readers an update on the pair of pigeon babies living on our porch. Hal and Ashby - the names I decided on - are doing very well. Their mother continues to be attentive though sometimes when we come by to take a peek at the babes nestled near propane she flies off. Other times she holds her ground and stares at us intently, guarding her little ones who aren’t so little anymore.

H&A have grown exponentially this week more than doubling in size. Just in the past couple of days their yellow baby fur has started to give way to gray feathers, confirming they are, in fact, pigeons and not chickens. I haven’t seen it yet, but Jeremy tells me they are opening their eyes, which mean the bulbs protruding from their little heads have in fact grown into purposeful body parts. It is all like one big science project that we check on daily and learn more about how the life cycle works by simply lifting the grill cover.

You probably find this either fascinating or disgusting. Jeremy points out that while this is interesting, educational and kind of adorable, we’re also allowing pigeons to breed more “flying rats” in a city already overpopulated with them. And yet, when they’re your own flying rats you feel differently about them….

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The baby pigeons have arrived! Last night we found their shells cracked open under the grill and this morning the shells are gone but you can see little pigeon legs squirming around under Maude. I’ve only seen one with my own two eyes, but hope that both babes survived the hatching process. 
I’m also pleased to report that Harold has been a diligent father, visiting regularly with food for his family. This morning there was a big rotting chili pepper on our porch. I’m not sure if Maude vetoed that meal for her little ones or if she’s saving it for dessert.

The baby pigeons have arrived! Last night we found their shells cracked open under the grill and this morning the shells are gone but you can see little pigeon legs squirming around under Maude. I’ve only seen one with my own two eyes, but hope that both babes survived the hatching process.

I’m also pleased to report that Harold has been a diligent father, visiting regularly with food for his family. This morning there was a big rotting chili pepper on our porch. I’m not sure if Maude vetoed that meal for her little ones or if she’s saving it for dessert.

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