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

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Kalyka, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Kalyka

    Kalyka Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2015
    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?
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    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.
  3. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    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..

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