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Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by FlyBoeingAircraft, Aug 18, 2019.
Sorry to hear that, but you're right that he's better off.
As harsh as it may sound it is for the best in my opinion.
It was way too late to rectify the problem. The squeaker was struggling beyond belief just to move and it would have had a very poor quality of life if it had of lived longer. That is why I personally recommend culling.
On the upside for me:
After reading your post today I went out and found two of my squabs with spayed leg. Hopefully I caught it in time. Some good did come from your post or I may not have checked on their development.
I had put two zip ties and an small elastic to form handcuffs (in this case legcuffs) around the two squabs with spayed leg.
One squab is showing a bit of improvement just shortly after 24+- hours. However the second squab fell out of the nest and was dead this morning.
Loss is always a part of being a pigeon fancier.
With almost 60 birds now it still is saddening.
Well today was a first for me.
The second squab with spayed leg I had to cull today. I have always let my pigeons die of natural causes. However this particular squab had its foot turned 180º backwards along with being pushed out to the side.
Worse than the squeaker picture on this thread by @FlyBoeingAircraft.
I thought of making a snowshoe type contraption for both feet and binding them together at the toe of the shoe.
Putting the squab through that agony would only increase it suffering with no result in my opinion.
I had missed the window to do so.
I find it upsetting and it is never easy but I knew it had to be done.
Oh I'm so sorry BYC buddy. But you did the right thing.