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Can someone please tell me how to tell if your pigeon has broken bones/is in pain?

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I was feeding my chickens and the pigeons were flying around and all the sudden our dog barked and rushed towards a flailing mass on the ground. At first I thought that a chicken had been caught by a hawk, but it was just one of the pigeons. I put her in a cage with food and water, but she's just sitting in a corner, shivering. Is this from shock, or does she have something wrong with her? When the chickens are in pain they leave their mouths hanging open, is it the same for pigeons?

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I was feeding my chickens and the pigeons were flying around and all the sudden our dog barked and rushed towards a flailing mass on the ground. At first I thought that a chicken had been caught by a hawk, but it was just one of the pigeons. I put her in a cage with food and water, but she's just sitting in a corner, shivering. Is this from shock, or does she have something wrong with her? When the chickens are in pain they leave their mouths hanging open, is it the same for pigeons?

Stress and overheating have more to do with open-mouth breathing.  Birds do not show pain as we do and it is difficult to ascertain until the bird's pain is great and death is closing in.  With nature a bird that shows sickness is quickly spotted by predators and becomes part of their menu.  So, in birds, pain is hidden as long as possible.  

 

Do you have any idea why the pigeon was flailing on the ground? It sounds like it could well be shock.  Keep the bird warm and in a quiet environment.   If the pigeon has a mate put them together.  Then observe.  With shock the bird will improve or die in a short time.  Having its mate nearby might be enough to pull the bird out of shock.  Look the bird over carefully for signs of disease or injury.  Go from there.

Good luck.

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Check feeling opposite bones n if thinking injured ones don't move or feel same than maybe, except end wing joint that seems get easily sprained n out of joint..

keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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keeping assorted bantams and standard chickens..    pigeons: "white dove release" racing homers, flying flights, flying birmingham rollers, parlor rollers, parlor tumblers, "coop tumblers", Chinease owls.

    Looking to talk to others who enjoy our pigeon/dove hobby.  Also looking to talk chickens, especially black bantam true rosecombs i hope to have again someday, as well as silkies, and...

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