Meet VAL and JoJoe
VALentino was brought to me by my friend who found him in her back yard not able to fly. Turns out, he had broken off flight feathers on his right wing! I had no idea or desire to pull out these broken feathers and decided to let him grow new ones. Little did I know that this whole process would take a good four weeks! living on my balcony!
He was named VALentino because I received him on Valentine's Day. I didn't know, at the time if I had a hen or a cock, but time showed...definitely a cock!
I would hear him cooing away and so could my indoor guys! AND, so could the flock of pigeons I had been feeding over my balcony! Pretty soon, VAL began to have visitors. My balcony bird feeder never had pigeons feeding there before - only finches, doves and sparrows. Except for a few aggressive White Winged Doves, the pijies took over the feeder...
Once VAL was released, I was sure all would return to normal. WRONG!
The day finally came when VAL was released. He flew to the balcony railing and then to the roof of the building across from me...YEA! A successful launch!
My euphoria lasted for the rest of the day....until...I noticed VAL - IDed because of his snap-on band and his less than perfect tail feathers (thanks to the bars in his temp home!) roosting on one of the two support beams (4"x4") on either side of my balcony.
Only temporary, I thought...*sigh* WRONG again! VAL has decided MY balcony is HIS home and he makes himself comfortable! While he flies with other pijies, he always returns to his "home!"
Well, OK, I can handle this...however, TWO days after I released VAL....along comes...
Last edited by mr squeaks; 30th June 2010 at 04:05 PM.
A friend had found this little squeaker who was the victim of "getting rid of pigeons" and was apparently out on his own much too soon.
Examination showed no signs of canker, BUT, he did have, what looked like a pox lesion next to his beak.
He was a strange looking squeaker...bald belly, not many feathers on the back of his neck AND, strangest of all, feathers growing on each of his middle toes!
I fed him formula for a couple of days but then noticed that he would peck and eat seeds! Awwww, messy time averted! He had the best looking poops for such a little guy and he pooped a lot!
Just to be on the safe side, I took him in for a Vet exam and his fecal check was negative. The Vet did pulled out the lesion which had, what he called a "core," and said he didn't think it was pox. The Vet thought it was an old injury. All that was left was a small white spot and no "sore."
I named him/her JoJoe, since I had no idea of the sex. That way, BOTH were covered!
JoJoe moved into VAL's previous home on my balcony.
While he is doing well and has visitors like VAL and a few of his friends...he is maturing slowly. He has added feathers and looks less disreputable. The feathers on his middle toes are still there and growing longer.
I took him over to Cindy (AZWhitefeather) to have some pictures taken and evaluate his flying ability. Cindy will be posting his pictures soon and, hopefully, giving her comments.
The pictures are a riot! He looks like he is wearing "knickers" or "shorts" (depending on your generation! ) His "thighs" look like down rather than feathers!
His eyes are very dark and somewhere, perhaps, one of his parents met up with a possible fancy pij???
He continues to squeak and, periodically, I take him into my bedroom to take a bath (which he refuses) and to let him do some flying.
He came to me on JUNE 7!! He's still squeaking and I have no idea how much longer he will be "home housed!" He also seems "small" for his age.
WHEN he is ready to meet the world, VAL - and friends - will be there to greet him!
I don't have pictures of VAL but he is a handsome Checker, or will be once he grows new tail feathers.
JoJoe is a very dark Checker...will be quite a handsome pij as an adult. He, too, wears a snap-on band, but those toe feathers will be a dead giveaway!
To be continued...
Love and Hugs
Last edited by mr squeaks; 30th June 2010 at 04:31 PM.
Not much to add except JoJoe is just the cutest little squeaker.
Chuck and I so enjoyed you both coming over for a visit.
Now without further ado . . .
Hi everyone, I'm JoJoe
This is a very curious place . . .
Don't you just love my feathered toes?
A Pigeon's Dream
As we fly,
Let us be safe from the predators that share the sky.
If we become ill or injured in any way,
Let us find safety where we are welcome to stay.
Great story Shi!
JoJoe is so precious, those feathered toes are just too cute!
Thank you Cindy for providing the pictures for the story of JoJoe!
Every negative event effects my ability to own my APBT, please be a responsible owner and keep your pitbull out of trouble.
Thank You, Cindy!!
JoJoe and I certainly enjoyed visiting you, Chuck, your lovely feathered ones and, of course, Reese and Sadie, the furred ones!
Cindy's Arizona room gave JoJoe a bigggg place to try his wings...and try them he did! Of course, what was so funny was that every time he prepared for lift off, he would hunker down and do a little up/down bounce movement. Cindy and I were laughing so hard we almost cried. He did make it on her screen door and hung on to better see the big pijies outside. In fact, I think there was even an older squeaker.
To say he got his exercise that day in as understatement! After we returned home, I think he slept for the rest of the day!
He has more feathers and is filling out little by little...AND, his flying skills are increasing.
I mentioned to Cindy about bringing him back for updated pictures when he's ready to be released. Bet he will really have a great time flying around the room!
The big question will be if he decides to also make my balcony his home. AND, if he's a hen...will she and VAL decide to become mates?
One thing for sure...this story has not ended!
*sigh* and here I thought I only had my indoor guys to worry about!
Thank you, everyone, for your kind remarks!
Love and Hugs
Shi and the IN and OUTdoor gang
"WHAAAATTT?!!!!, that guy has knickers!" - Maggie, "I've never seen such a strange pigeon with knickers - and feathers on his toes too! This is just too much!"
So much for Maggie's opinion of your new feathered friend.
"How does he manage to WALK with those things on him like that?"
Ok Maggie, shut up.
"Thank God I only have feathers where they belong."
Well I guess we can't all be perfect (like Maggie I guess. ) but I like him. He's cute with the knickers on him.
"I hope Mr. Squeaks isn't thinking of wearing things like that on him!"
JoJoe is adorable - at least to me.
MR. Squeaks is rolling on the floor laughing too, Maggie! To be quite honest, Squeaks thinks JoJoe is either a mutant or an alien!
Squeaks sends his GREETINGS to pretty Maggie!
Yes, Garye, tell Maggie that we humans tend to look at things through the different eyes of our species!
Actually, JoJoe walks very well, Maggie, AND those toe feathers certainly don't prevent flying! I'm wondering if that "thigh" fuzz will become "real" feathers eventually....
Can't wait to see what he looks like when he gets older...and just how loooong those toe feathers will become.
I put his band on the "balder" leg...
Love and Hugs and Scritches
Shi and MR. Squeaks
Today Was The Day!!
...that I released JoJoe Feathered Feet!!
I have no idea if he will be back like VAL is. However, VAL no longer roosts here at night but will visit on some days...looking for food goodies, I'm sure!
JoJoe flew to the railing and then to the top of the roof over my head. Next thing I know, I saw him flying toward the rear of our building.
Guess I will have to wait to see if he will find his way back!
I've had him since June 7. He was still squeaking when I released him but seemed anxious to go!
He had pictures taken by Cindy last weekend in preparation for the big release.
He no longer looks like he's wearing knickers but still has feathers on his middle toes.
Hopefully, he will return for visits (and food!)...stay tuned...*sigh* keeping fingers crossed!!
Love and Hugs
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