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amanda8569 amanda8569 is offline
Posted 1st August 2019, 07:25 PM
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Injured pigeon


A wild injured pigeon landed in my yard 5 days ago. He stayed for a few minutes and flew away. He flew back 2 days later and is now living/hiding under our deck. We live in a rural area and have seen many wildlife but never pigeons.
He is unable to fly now but walks normally. He is eating the wild bird seed we put out for him. He has an injury to his left wing and often "shivers" on that side of his body. I caught him this evening. It wasnt overly difficult. The wound is dry, no blood and doesnt look infected to me although i have no avian experience. What can i do to help this guy out? I don't mind giving him a safe place to recover if that's all he needs. Location is Lower Sackville,
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 2nd August 2019, 12:42 AM
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You can clean the wound with saline water (mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of boiling water - let this cool down to lukewarm). Then put some antibiotic cream on. Does the wound smell? If so, he will need antibiotics like amoxycillin for infection.

Thanks for helping him. A lone pigeon out there is easy prey for a hawk or some other predator. He might take a while to regain his flight again. If a pigeon like that ends up in my yard, I won't release him again.
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amanda8569 amanda8569 is offline
Posted 2nd August 2019, 03:34 AM
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Thanks i will do that. I didnt smell anything but i will check again. It may be difficult to acquire antibiotics... maybe a friend has some left overs.
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Friend John Friend John is offline
Posted 2nd August 2019, 10:25 AM
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Try this link, maybe one of these sources can help:

https://www.nokillnetwork.org/ca/Nova-Scotia/
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amanda8569 amanda8569 is offline
Posted 2nd August 2019, 02:21 PM
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Those are all shelters for pets not wild birds. We are lucky to have Hope for Wildlife animal rehabilitation center here in NS. I am taking him to get checked out by a friend this evening. If she thinks he needs a vet then we will take him to Hope. I think he is ok to stay and recover with me though. Fingers crossed.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 3rd August 2019, 12:23 AM
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When you take him to a vet, tell him that it's your pet bird. Most places don't care for feral pigeons and will just euthanize them. He came to you for help, nobody will take better care of him than you.
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