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Posted 28th March 2019, 06:51 PM
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injured wing, scared, how to calm?


Hi! Two first time pigeon rescuers here in a Brooklyn, NY. We found a pigeon acting oddly on our stoop and after observing it for a bit, believe that it has a injured/broken wing and after reading on this forum decided to capture it and bring it inside. We now have the pigeon in a half-open shipping box with a towel, some water, quinoa, and oats (no seeds on hand). We’re planning to bring it to www.wildbirdfund.org tomorrow.

Right now, the pigeon just seems really scared. Crammed self in the corner and essentially not moving or interacting with goodies. Unless we do something in the box, move the water, in which the pigeon starts vocalizing and getting skittish.

Any advice for how to make this pigeon feel calm and at home tonight or anything else we should be doing, it would be much appreciated!
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Posted 28th March 2019, 09:37 PM
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You have already done great in bringing him in. To him you are predators, and he has no idea of what you are going to do to him. He's feral and will remain scared. Just keep him quiet in a dim room and he will hopefully calm down a bit. I would leave him with a night light, not too bright as he is in a strange place and scared. It may help him if he can at least see what's around him. Please let us know how he does and what they tell you at the wild bird fund. Check with them first that they will help him and not euthanize him. If they feel that he will not be releasable at some point, many places will just do that.
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Posted 29th March 2019, 06:40 AM
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Keekobird, agree with Jay3. Thank you for rescuing him. If his wing can be repaired even if he is not releasable he deserves a chance at a good life. Our first pigeon Phoebe was a feral who flew into a fan and had a badly broken wing and was nearly decapitated. We got her fixed up and she was the best pet and sweetest family member we have ever had. Are you interested in adopting the bird or in finding him a home in someones aviary? Would let the rescue organization know that...if he is not releasable you would still like to help him out.
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Posted 31st March 2019, 08:34 AM
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Sharing an update!

We went to Wild Bird Fund and they were nice, but didn’t instill a lot of confidence that they wouldn’t euthanize our new friend if it had a wing problem (even though we had identified a sanctuary that would adopt) - “quality of life.” The Fund seems great and an incredible project, but we felt that this pigeon was strong and wanted to seek other options, and we opted not to leave him there. Upon an afternoon of consult with a couple local pigeon lovers in NYC, we found that after a day of rest and recovery, the bird was able to fly again! Very tentatively at first, but got confidence quickly. So, we opted to release the next morning, after one more night to recover and an opportunity to eat a good helping of proper seed and water.

The next morning, we went to the school across the street where we saw a few other pigeons hanging out. We placed a couple piles of bird seed, and then let our friend out in close proximity. Immediately grouped on to the crew and they hung out in the area for a while together before flying off!

Thanks for existing pigeons.biz! Y’all helped us save this great pigeon

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Posted 31st March 2019, 08:36 AM
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Thank you for helping the bird!
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Posted 31st March 2019, 10:27 AM
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If his wing was injured then he should have had a couple of weeks to rest it and heal. He wasn't flying when caught, and an injury doesn't heal that quickly. Something had him down, whether the wing being injured, or he could also be sick with something. Would have been better to keep him for a couple of weeks to be sure and give him time. Otherwise he will end up in the same state again soon. Appreciate your wanting to help him, but with no follow through, he didn't really get the help he needed. A pigeon isn't down like that and then better in a couple of days.
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