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Chickens...and a pigeon?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by BarkerChickens, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Ok..so we rescued an injured pigeon. Well...right now he/she is in the garage with food and water, but we can't catch him/her yet. We think that the wing is broke, but we aren't sure since we can't look at it yet. Anyway, we put some sulfadimethoxine in the water just in case she is sick and will eventually give her a dewormer. A local rehabber said that wild pigeons here don't carry much that is transmittable to chickens other than Cocci, which I hope the antibiotic will treat and possibly worms..which again, that treatment is coming. She appears very healthy, normal poops, bright eyes and bushy tailed (ok, so her feathers are actually flat and shiny). But, the longer it takes for us to catch her (she runs fast!), the more I worry that she won't be releasable. So..here's my question...if she can't be released because of her wing, can she be in with the chickens (of course after treatment with antibiotic and dewormer)? How does feeding work if she were in there with our girls (she is eating a dove seed mix)?
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    The chickens might not be tooo pleased about that arangement. I do have a friend who has both pigeons and chickens, but lots of each not just one - and the pidgeons nest WAY up high, above their goat pen...

    My own chickens CHASE birds like the enemy.....
  3. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    This pigeon won't be perching high...he can't fly right now. I was afraid that chickens might not be too keen on having a pigeon friend. I just thought he might be able to have a friend rather than being in a cage alone. Maybe he needs a pigeon friend or something in a separate cage...or just enjoy his own space for a while. he he Thanks for sharing your experience (and your friend's)!
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    My chickens tried to beat up a squirrel once...it got cornered as the chickens didn't want it stealing their bread treats. I'd be afraid of the pigeons safety if it had to live with the chickens. It would probably be best with a friend of it's own kind, or with you as it's friend.
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I'd imagine having a pigeon get beat up by the chickens defeats the purpose of rescuing him/her to begin with! [​IMG] I think we'll see how rehab goes and if he can't released, he'll be a great companion...away from the chickens, the dogs and our cat.

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