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What To Do With A Sick Pidgeon  
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Hi,

Earlier today I took in a wood pidgeon which was unable to fly, and fast becoming a magnet for the neighborhood cats. It appears to be quite disoriented and its tail is at a funny angle, I think it might have flown into one of our upstairs windows, judging by a large mark which has appeared on the glass. So, does have any suggestions as to what I should do with this poor creature, its still bright and cooing happily so I don`t think its fatally wounded. Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks in advance,

Dan  Smile


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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

Shoot it.

User currently offlineAvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Take it to a vet..
and its a PIGEON.. no D..
Or just kill it.. bastard pigeons..


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

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2 Tbs Olive oil
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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13754 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
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While you've got a big heart for taking in a pigeon, keep your health in mind as well - wild pigeons are essentially rats with wings and carry many forms of disease.

I'd probably try to get rid of it as soon as possible if I were you. Take it to a wooded area and release it, possibly at the base of a hedge or shrub so it can take cover if it needs to.



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User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

Kill it..

I would advise against eating a pidgeon not from a farm.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

Well, shooting it wasn`t really what I had in mind, and its not like the town Pigeons, Wood Pigeons are different. OK I'm probable being way to soft here, after all it is just another wild animal, but I kninda feel sorry for it, few weeks ago I saw its mate getting eaten by a falcon. Yeah, I phoned a vet who told me to contact the RSPCA, who were as usual useless and said they would help me but only if I took it 45 miles to their nearest practice.

Cheers for the spelling correction AvianceGirl,

Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5743 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

I'm sure that people from the RSPB will give an expert advice what to do. BTW, it's very nice of you to take care about animals!  Big thumbs up

http://www.rspb.org.uk


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13754 posts, RR: 61
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
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OK I'm probable being way to soft here, after all it is just another wild animal, but I kninda feel sorry for it, few weeks ago I saw its mate getting eaten by a falcon

First off, you shouldn't feel too bad. That bird was playing its part in the food chain, providing a meal to a hungry falcon.

More importantly though - you actually have the ability to identify pigeons individually, down to which ones mate with others?  Nuts

Ok, you've now ventured into the "desperately in need of a hobby" category.  Big grin

[Edited 2004-08-31 01:08:07]


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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3875 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

I would advise against eating a pidgeon

I just ate sweet & sour chicken! Yuck!



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1521 times:

EA CO AS,

I do know that this is the bird which recently lost its mate for a couple of reasons; 1 Its been moping about the area in which its mate was eaten since it happened and 2 has been the only one in their nest area, and now there are none so I`m confident on which bird I have. I`m going to wait until tomorrow morning and give it some time in the sun to warm up, and see if it feels like flying, save that I will try the RSBP,

Thanks for your help  Big thumbs up

Dan  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1516 times:

Follow it around and clean up its waste. Something pidgeon feeders do not do.They are on a scale with roaches. If you shoot it, don't use a camera.


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1509 times:

No need for pigeons in the world. Kill the bugger.

[Edited 2004-08-31 01:37:18]

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

This is kind of ironic, because about a month ago I found a wounded tired pigeon in my backyard. This one was solid white, clean looking and huge. I noticed he had a tag on his leg and I was able to get close enough to get his ID # from it. I got online and tracked down his owner and it turned out he was a certified thoroughbred racing pigeon that went off course. His owner said he was launched from Illinios for a race to Detroit. Apparently they had problems with solar-flares which apparently can throw off the birds' built-in sense of direction. All I had to do was catch it, feed it and water it for about 4 days, then let it go. By then he had his strength back up and took off for home.

As for your pigeon, I don't know if I'd want to try to catch a wild bird. I know around here, we have a people that will come out and get it. They specialize in capturing wounded wild birds and nursing them back to health, but they usually do this for birds of prey like hawks and eagles. Maybe you could look for something like that?



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1477 times:



User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16367 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

Return it to where you found it. Then fumigate your house.


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