Disabled Pigeon

FlyBoeingAircraft

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Back in April, one of my hens had two of her eggs hatch and one of her squabs turned out to be a healthy regular ol' pigeon who loved to fly around my house, picture here, however I noticed that its sibling was not. It looked a lot younger and I later noticed that one of legs was bent forward while the other was bent backwards. It can't fly and is pretty helpless making it a potential target for a lot of the stray cats in the area.

Here are some pictures of said pigeon:
https://imgur.com/a/0UZGuzo

I'd just like to know what to do to the poor thing. Take him to the vet? Take him indoors? Bandage him up? Thank you!
 
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Back in April, one of my hens had two of her eggs hatch and one of her squabs turned out to be a healthy regular ol' pigeon who loved to fly around my house, picture here, however I noticed that its sibling was not. It looked a lot younger and I later noticed that one of legs was bent forward while the other was bent backwards. It can't fly and is pretty helpless making it a potential target for a lot of the stray cats in the area.

Here are some pictures of said pigeon:
https://imgur.com/a/0UZGuzo

I'd just like to know what to do to the poor thing. Take him to the vet? Take him indoors? Bandage him up? Thank you!
this appears to be a VERY serious splayed leg... at this age, I do not think it can be treated to fix it 100 %. I personally, though i would hate to do it, would euthanize the bird. :(

@biophiliac ?
 

Serin

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It needs to be brought inside. It is too disabled to survive outside even under human care but could have decent quality of life with the right owner as a pet bird. Where are you located? There are not many pet pigeon rescues but they do exist.
 

biophiliac

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Agree with all of the above. Too late to cure the condition now. A pet bird rescue as @Serin mentioned is the best chance for him. I think @Hokum Coco has a bird with the legs connected with a band permanently as it was not treated in time ... so he wears the 'shackles' as a brace to keep the legs close together with enough slack to permit steps. I'm not sure if that would work for yours... Good luck!:hugs
 

biophiliac

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this appears to be a VERY serious splayed leg... at this age, I do not think it can be treated to fix it 100 %. I personally, though i would hate to do it, would euthanize the bird. :(

@biophiliac ?
I agree with you. But now that I know about the bird rescue in Chicago, I'd want to pay the cost to ship if they would take him. I myself would not be able to give this guy a good quality of life.
 
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I agree with you. But now that I know about the bird rescue in Chicago, I'd want to pay the cost to ship if they would take him. I myself would not be able to give this guy a good quality of life.
Yeah, that is very true. I'm glad there's such a thing. :)
Can she walk or flop around at all? I'd think she could fly even with a bad leg... not necessarily across town but from one spot in the yard to another?
good point. If it cant fly, are we talking possible brain damage?
 

Serin

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We need more information, the bird has badly splayed legs but if it has survived three months this way (and looks good besides the legs) it must be getting around somehow.
 

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