I posted over a week ago about a feral pigeon we had that came to our porch acting odd. We feed our backyard birds ( sparrows, Robins, Starlings, occasional Blue jays & Cardinals). Well we also started getting the city pigeons ( I live in Chicago). Well the pigeon that was acting odd we ended up capturing and we were going to take it to a wildlife rehab but it died during the night. Now we have had another pigeon acting odd since Tuesday. She has stayed on my upper back porch for the last three days and nights. Then this morning we got yet another one that is not acting right. That makes 3 in less than 2 weeks time. I have no idea what is wrong with them, then do have running poops though as it is all over my porch. Also some of the poop is green. Well now I have these 2 pigeons but tonight they have decided to stay on the first floor back porch bannister. I called the Flint Creek wildlife rehab that is not too far from where we are. They are a non profit wildlife rehab center. The guy I talked to this morning said to Take up all the water and food right now and to stop feeding all the birds. He said it could be something the pigeons have( an illness specific to them) that is spreading amongst them. He said pigeons will walk in their poop and sometimes poop in the bird baths and then another goes and drinks from it and illness can spread that way. I am going to try and capture the two and take them to the center tomorrow.
Today has been a very stressful day for me to say the least. We have about 15 pigeons who were coming here to eat with our other birds we were feeding. Well today they were not happy to not have food. Every time we left the house they bombarded us and were flying around us begging. Also, I saw them do the same thing to my neighbors!!! We live in the city and our neighbors are NOT pigeons friendly!! I am so sick over this. I feel like a **** to say the least. I know this is best for them as I do not want to have a whole flock of pigeons who are sick with whatever this is that they have. Here is the issue though. It seems every couple days we are getting a sick pigeon staying on our porch. I do not know what to do. Will the other pigeons stop coming here if we are not feeding them?? I don't think I can handle them coming here and begging for food, it breaks my heart. The guy at the center said it is best for them due to the sickness that is happening. He said if we bring the two sick ones to them, they can examine them and find out what is wrong and possibly help them. This has been so emotional for me. I feel like did I do something wrong? None of the other birds are sick though, just the pigeons. Also I was afraid maybe some A-hole around the area here put out poison. If that is case, I want the pigeons to go away from here for their own good. How long will it take them to fly off and not return since I stopped feeding and took the water up?? I am sick over all this. :(