Pigeon with no feet.

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by [email protected], Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Scylla@aol.com

    [email protected] In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've never kept pigeons before but I feed a small flock of them in my yard. They are waiting for me every day at 5pm when I get home from work. Well one of them has no feet. He has just stumps. I don't how he lost his feet, but he's the first to come to me for food and the last to fly away. I wonder if it would be kinder to leave him free, or to catch him and keep him as a pet. I'm very tempted to try to catch him. Any suggestions?

  2. Hi Kathy, when I was in England I saw Pigeon with no feet too, he seemed just fine but boy, was that strange [​IMG]
  3. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Songster

    May 11, 2010
    i would only cage him if he/she has a lot of trouble getting around and eating/drinking. if it looks like maybe its not getting enough to eat ie: looks malnuturished (sorry 4 my spelling), sick, or constantly "saggey" or dis-shoveled looking, i would keep it as a pet. but if it seems to get around ok, then i would leave it. if you do decide to cage it, i would get him/her a "special needs" little friend. good luck with ur lil' footless guy! can you post pics?
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    there's a reason to pigeons missing their feet.... some people realised that by cutting one/ 2 feet off a bird it will still allow the bird to pair up but leaving them unable to fertilise the eggs.. thus taking one pair of ferals out of the breeding cycle... sick, but happens.

  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    Quote:That is disturbing. (not the post....... that people do it)
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:Sorry that just doesn't make since....they would still be able to breed.....My guess these birds lost their feet to frost bit, see it in many birds ,or toes, in winter they can't set on their toes on round roost, setting on their toes keep then warm'

    Now as far as the bird with no feet, in the wild he will have a hard time roosting in winter ,or wind storms, making them easier prey.
  7. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    You should cage it and get it a mate. It would never last a winter. Thanks for caring !

  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    If you pen it, make sure it has a large flight area, as w/o feet walking around a lot would be painful I would think. Flying takes some of the pressure off.
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I have a lovebird that lost one foot still in the nestbox. a bit of nesting material got tangled around its foot. That was back in November. Over time, the overuse of its one good leg caused it to fail and a mont ago, that leg went missing too. She flies and eats and drinks and is out in the flight with the other birds, but I have considered euthanizing her. She keeps good weight though, and no one is picking on her. Anyone want to chime in what they would do with her? PS she has rare genetics, but I don't think she could breed. Maybe, if I custom made her a nest box... but I doubt it.

  10. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Songster

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    poor thing, may have been a string accident, if people truely do that horrible act they need to be locked up, i'd rather see them shoot them then torture them

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