Shoot!! Shoot!! Help!!

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by CochinBrahmaLover, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. OK so long story short
    3 pigeons
    Wild
    Currently living in chicken coop

    Important story

    2 got out
    Got one
    Other one didn't go to usual roosting spot so could catch it
    Just saw it
    Has flesh exposed on its neck
    Seems OK, flying, still scared of me
    But its -40 outside and I KNOW a raven did this (we have one living by the house) so if I don't get it SOON it will die of frost bite

    Its on the roof, I can't go up there,


    HELP??????
     
  2. ETA ~

    The wild pigeons are my pets but until spring I was keeping them so I could release them but one got out of the chicken coop
     
  3. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    Did you get your bird Cochin? [​IMG]
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Pigeons are very hardy birds. Hopefully the pigeon will return to your coop. Have you tried trapping him?
     
  5. Caught her :) The wound was mostly smeared.... Flesh. Its healing very nicely.
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Good deal!
    CochinBrahmaLover !!!

    Just for the record I had a young squeaker pigeon return home late from a 20 mile toss. It had been tore open by a hawk (my best guess) from the base of his neck nearly to his tail. I almost snapped his neck thinking that it would be the most humane thing to do. Instead I notice the wound was only deep in one or two spots. I flushed the wound with saline, pulled the skin back together with the help of a few drops of crazy glue, applied some polysporin Ointment over the wound. He actually flew away from me while I was carrying him to the loft. He was good to go in about 5 days. Now you can not even see a scar. He is also very hawk wary!!!
     
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  7. Very good to hear! Glad hes OK, and I'm sure hes very good at spotting hawks now, lol.
    Her wound seems to be healed up so ointment doesn't seem necessary.
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want your bird to fly to you start a treat call when you enter the loft (I have a high and low whistle that I do). Feed it unsalted shelled peanuts or sunflower hearts sparingly by hand and soon it will fly to you as soon as you are in view (It takes a bit of patience). Young birds that are born and imprinted to your loft will be your best candidates. They all learn eventually however. Sounds like pigeon likes your digs!
     
  9. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some of my best birds that always come back are gotten when adult cock birds, then young hens, and they love cheap wild birdseed as treats, though they would prefer as main diet.. lol
     
  10. Hokum Coco

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    You are lucky to have adult homers stay at your loft. You must be doing something better than me. The breed of adult homers I have as soon as they escape (even though they never been flown) right back to their place of imprint or origin (about 120 miles away). I always tell buddy to keep the adult birds as I usually have 3 to 4 batchs of squabs by then and new blood in the loft. I had one adult female stay so far. I refuse to keep a bird prisoner all it's adult life like some fanciers do.
     
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