I just took my homing pigeons on their first drop after free flying them for awhile by my loft. I only took them about 1/2 a mile away, so I have been worried since my very favorite one (she is so tame and sweet) didn't come back the same day. After doing some research I realized it is "hawk season" which is basically when all the hawks are migrating and there is less food, and during it very few pigeons keepers fly their pigeons. Being new to pigeons I had no idea of this and felt that I had doomed my favorite baby in my ignorance.
Well today (a day after I released her) she showed up on my coop and I almost cried I was so happy, but then on looking closely I saw she had been ripped up by a hawk and her crop was ripped open. I could see inside it it, and when she drank the water just poured out. What can I do? I am assuming antibiotics, but what kind? I don't think a vet is an option around here, so should I try to use super glue to close it up? Or sew it up myself? She is acting normal and wants to eat and drink (And obviously despite the injury she made it back home so I think she has the will to live (pigeons are amazing creatures!) She is my favorite of all my pigeons and I will do whatever I can to save her, though like i said a vet is probably not possible.
Incidentally her name is Cher Ami, for the WW1 homing pigeon who saved 200 people by flying back with a message despite having been shot through the chest. A little too ironic...