Found a pigeon!!

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by ket806, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. ket806

    ket806 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello about a week ago I found a pigeon on my front porch with a broken wing and bloody leg! Very friendly and doesn't shy like a wild bird a little cautious but will walk right up to me! I call shim piggy seems to doing well out with the chickens.

    I was wondering how you can tell the sex and if there is anything special I need to do also do I need to get shim(him/her) a mate?
     
  2. Hokum Coco

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    If it lays an egg it is a female. Other wise it is a crap shoot to know for sure. Male pigeons are usually (not always) a bit larger, more iridescent than their female counter part, and more vocal. In the image below the one on the right is male. He is what is referred to as a checkered (most common in feral pigeons).To the left is a female. Hope this helps. If the bird has white on it it is more likely to have been domesticated at some point in it's lineage. What colour is your injured bird? If you post a picture I would give you my best guess. However I am not 100% accurate as my lesbian pair of homers can attest. I never realized I made a mistake until I counted 4 eggs in the nest and none turned out to be fertile Up until then everything seemed absolutely normal. Pigeons lay maximum 2 sometimes only 1. I will say I am right more often than I am wrong about sexing however it is not my first rodeo.

    I feed my birds straight laying mash pellets in the spring & summer. In the winter I mix in corn and rabbit pellets. You can bribe and tame them with peanuts (without the shells and unsalted) or sunflower hearts. Wild bird seed would be another good staple as well. Oh and grit,and crushed oyster shells especially if they do not get outside much.

    Oops! I noticed you have chickens so you are no stranger to what birds need excuse me for stating some obvious facts to you.



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  3. ket806

    ket806 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for your reply!!! No eggs or sounds yet. There is white on the back of the bird! Do I need to get it a mate? I heard they could die from lonlyness(or is that a rumor) here are a few pics.


    Thank you for the reply!! No eggs or noise yet lol! He/she does have white on its back. Kinda looks like the one on the right! Here are a few pictures......

    Thank you so much for the reply the one I have looks like the one on the right here are a few pictures. No eggs yet or any sound so far.

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  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I am not sure what is going on Ket806 but for some reason I can not open your links to your pictures. I noticed it is posted from a mobile device (maybe that is the glitch). Does the bird make a high squeaking sound when you approach it? Does its beak not have cere developed. If you answer yes to both or one of these questions your bird is just fledged the nest and will not be looking for a mate for at least 6 months or possible less. Even if your piggy is a feral pigeon it still has homing ability (regardless of what some one else may state) the question is how much. If he is a young bird shim will bond to your location if you do get him a mate if not shim will bring one home if left to his own devices. If he is an adult feral bird your odds are not so good 50/ 50 split to get him to bond to your location. Even if you do get shim a mate. If you were to purchase adult homers from a breeder chances are you would have to keep them prisoner for the rest of there lives and only release the off spring that have imprinted to your loft. These are just rules of thumb I have learned from my own experience and yes there are exceptions. I did have feral pigeons at one point (none at present). Most all pigeons have that white back you described.

    Hope this helps
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  5. ket806

    ket806 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you hokum coco! Piggy has a white stripe of akin at the start of the beak(not sure if that's a "cere". It doesn't make a sound when I walk up to it. I am thinking it won't ever be able to fly the wing droops down and drags and is broken probably an inch or two from the joint It honestly seems to almost be healed?!(doesn't give easily but I can feel where the break is located,it's almost a 90 degree angle) it seems to be favoring my silkie hen(eats with her and is usually by her when I go to the coop) but not sure if that's coincidence!

    It won't let me load a regular picture it will just let me do a link(possibly because I am on my phone)

    Maybe these links will work(cross fingers)

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  6. Hokum Coco

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    You can uncross your finger. It would not open for me. If my computer geek were here he could probably open this. However I am still struggling with right click and left click in you know what I mean. I am what they call a "New Egg" in BYC and computer land. Bless you for talking in that pigeon. I hope the experience is good for both of you.

    I had pigeons as a kid and now my grand daughter and I are trying to starting a White Dove Release business in our area. She helps me with the birds and it is something we share an interest in. She has experienced love, loss, worry, responsibility, first aid, birth, pride, happiness, and more all from being involved with these doves. The farthest toss we have done to date has been about 60 miles. The birds made it home before we did. Yes I know you had a car that ran like that too LOL.

    It has became an interesting subject for class assignments for her. We also did a dove release at her school to support the anti bullying campaign. Those campaigns have become more and more prevalent over the last few years. It has become our unique way of giving notice and support to an on going problem. One teacher described the release as day time fireworks.
     
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  7. ket806

    ket806 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a new egg as well!!!! Oh wow thats amazing!!! Good luck with your releases i bet its priceless!!

    I think I figured it out lets see(cross fingers again)

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