Found pigeon

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by equine623, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. equine623

    equine623 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    NE PA
    Any advice would be appreciated. Yesterday my best friend stopped to pick up a banded pigeon that was literally just wandering on the road. She and it almost got hit a few times, but the bird just finally collapsed and at no time did it make any attempt to fly away.

    He? She? is very thin, was strong enough to pull back when I extended the wings to check for injuries though. Not a huge fuss but more of a hey, let go of my wing lady! There are no injuries visible, feathers appear healthy no mites seen. I'm guessing this just got lost/disoriented and needs some food and time to recover.

    Right now its in a cage, with water and seed and a heat lamp on because it was fluffed a lot and seemed cool to the touch. Definitely seems more comfortable since I got the heat lamp on it. Poops yesterday were fairly normal, more liquid than what I commonly see in parrots but I don't know squat about pigeons. He/she has been eating voraciously and drinking readily. Poops this morning were more liquid but still within normal color range so perhaps its just the system trying to recover from a period without any food to suddenly having food again? I did offer some chopped greens yesterday which he/she ate and the poops turned a lovely shade of green [​IMG] So I know digestion is occurring.

    I researched the band info (621 IF SVN 2010) and sent an email to the listing of the club that it appears to belong to. Not sure what else to do. It was preening earlier, always a good sign when they are feeling well enough to take care of their appearance.

    I know parrots, and I know chickens, and I can wing it (no pun intended) with waterfowl but I don't really know much about pigeons. Any words of wisdom?

  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    It sounds like you are doing everything right. You might want to put some vitamin/electrolyte solution in the water to give it a boost, but otherwise it sounds good! There is a breed of pigeon that can't fly, do you think this one can't because of genetics or injury or weakness?
  3. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    i wouldn't be surprised if it just tired out during a race...not an unusual occurance.They tucker out and land where ever...the owner should be in touch with you before to long since you called the club with the band #
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    To help with the grain digestion it would be helpful to offer some grit. Very Course sand will work in a pinch.

  5. equine623

    equine623 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    NE PA
    Thanks guys. I honestly think he is just exhausted, is much perkier with a full 24 hours of food and water and rest. I got an email back from the club saying they would let the owner know I have the bird so now I'm just waiting to hear from the owner. Hooray because the inn is full and the longer anything live stays the more DD thinks oh good, a new addition [​IMG]

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