I found this bird trying to get into my chicken run. She/he was there this morning early and was still there when I got home from work and it is starting to get dark. It is very clearly tame and let me handle her easily -- has a band around her foot. I was hoping that she was just visiting and would fly home for the night but she just roosted on the run and stayed put so I have set up a dog crate for her for the night.
What is she? A homing pigeon? A dove of some sort? I have 20% protein chicken grow feed, poultry scratch and some whole red wheat berries, whole barley and BOSS on hand. Can she eat any of this? I also have standard kitchen vegetables and mealworms. I do not know anything about pigeons or doves. I have a hawk that recently got one of my birds who circles all the time now and I don't want her to get hurt.
I will post ads in the morning and try to find her owner. How far could she have gotten? Is it likely she would return home if I let her out? She does not look hurt to me but she did not appear to have moved all day. Her crop is empty and her tail feathers are a little frayed but she otherwise looks healthy and cared for.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
If you are in the Los Angeles area and are missing a bird or know someone who is please contact me. Describe her leg band to me and I'll get her home.