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Posted 21st January 2008, 03:35 PM
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Ok, it's a pigeon.


Hi guys, I'm new here. I was walking the dog, Molly, who's an English Springer Spaniel, and on the way home, there was a rock dove waddling along. Molly's bird dog instincs went off and she began to strain against her leash to get at it. I wasn't sure if the pigeon was hurt, or just being lazy. And it was retreating into the brush. So I let Molly off and she ran after it and began her barking. I figured she would just keep barking at it forever, so I went in after her. The pigeon was laying out. And at first I thought maybe it died of shock, or Molly actually had pawed at it.
But I saw its eye flicker, and knew it was still alive.
So I picked it up in my jacket and brought it back.
I haven't really looked at it, yet, I'm going to wait for my siblings to come back, then probably wait till tomorrow to see if it can fly.

It's under a basket on our porch, one eye looked slightly strange, but it might have been half closed. I'm gonna go check it again.

I don't know what to do if it's injured, maybe take it to a wildlife bird rescue if the need calls. I need some advice here.
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Posted 21st January 2008, 03:43 PM
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Can you post pictures? Or atleast more details... were there electric lines where you were walking?
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Posted 21st January 2008, 03:47 PM
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Welcome!

Thank you for rescuing this pigeon!

Where are you located, Jacksback?

We may have help in your area.

Keeping the pigeon warm is first priorty...either with a towel over a heating pad that is set on LOW...or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. Just make sure the pigeon can get away from the heat if he wishes.

Others will be along to help...

Shi & Squeaks
 
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Posted 21st January 2008, 03:48 PM
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Please bring the bird inside and put it in a room where it will be safe from your dog.
Where are you located in case we have a member nearby that can help you?
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Don't worry, I live in the Keys. And even though it is a chilish day right now, it's pretty warm compared to what you guys are thinking. LOL.

I don't have a camera, but sometimes I borrow one from my sister. Which I've been meaning to do to get some pictures of my rats.

The pigeon might be ok, I'll find out for sure tomorrow.
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It's not just the temperature that is a concern but an injured bird is defenseless and very vulnerable to predators.
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Please tell us your location. We might have someone in your area who could pick the bird up and give it the proper care it needs. A hurt pigeon under a basket on a pourch could be disasterious for this poor bird and it chances of surviving.
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Please tell us your location. We might have someone in your area who could pick the bird up and give it the proper care it needs. A hurt pigeon under a basket on a pourch could be disasterious for this poor bird and it chances of surviving.
They are in the Keys.
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They are in the Keys.
Yes .. I'm ASSuming that's the Florida Keys ..

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Yes .. I'm ASSuming that's the Florida Keys ..

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I think so. That is what the poster said, that they live in the KEYS.
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Thank you for your concern over this bird.

Yeah it's warm here in Florida, but a sick pigeon needs extra warmth to help stabilize it, especially when sick and/or injured, except for head trauma. It needs to be brought inside for protection from predators too.

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http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/showthread.php?t=8822



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Yes, FL keys. I'm wondering what could be wrong with the eye, and I think it's wing is broke, or hurt. I am not concerned about predators at all, for we really have none, and really defenetly nothing that could get under the basket. I think it was over heating actually.... it's mouth was open, and I realized he was in the sun. So I gave him a bowl of water and pulled the table he's on in the shade. I also was giving him catfood, and took the basket off of she/him. I want to take him to the bird rescue, but my mom just wants to let it go again..meh.
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Yes, FL keys. I'm wondering what could be wrong with the eye, and I think it's wing is broke, or hurt. I am not concerned about predators at all, for we really have none, and really defenetly nothing that could get under the basket. I think it was over heating actually.... it's mouth was open, and I realized he was in the sun. So I gave him a bowl of water and pulled the table he's on in the shade. I also was giving him catfood, and took the basket off of she/him. I want to take him to the bird rescue, but my mom just wants to let it go again..meh.
It makes no sense to me to let an injured bird go that may have an eye injury and a broken wing. That guarantees the bird a sure death. The bird was put in your path for a reason and I believe that reason is to help it. It's another living creature that needs intervention. The decision you make means life or death for this poor little bird.
The bird rescue would be a get option if you are unable to bring this bird in and care for it.
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Yes I know, I'd rather not just opitionally let it die..What are you suposed to do for broken wings? Just give them time, and let them heal up on their own? And what about the eye? It's eye lid around it looks slightly swollen, and it looks redder then the other one, and more watery-ish. I have some left over hampster seed mix, is that any good for it?
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The hamster seed pieces may be too big for the bird. Wild bird see would be better and to it you could add dry lentils and dry peas.
Do you have a way to post a picture of the bird's eye and wing?
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