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Came across pigeon with a broken wing outside of my dad's shop. Noticed it couldn't fly and would fall to the right every-time it tried. We let it inside the shop where it rested under a parked car for a little while. I got it some food (wild bird seeds) and water and put it in a box. It wouldn't eat or drink with me around but I noticed it started to eat when I walked away but every time I walked back it would stop eating. The wing is basically hanging lower than the other one that is fine. It seems to move too easily. I did some research online and wrapped it. I have done some research and seems I should contact a rehabitation centre. It seems also some rehab centres and vets would euthanize the pigeons.

Wondering what I should be doing for the welfare of this pigeon? If I take it to a vet or rehab, can I ask to ensure they won't euthanize it? Am I able to keep it at home if they decide it won't get better? Will they give it a chance to get better before deciding to euthanize it ?

Never been in this situation before so I'm not sure what to do.
 

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Take the pigeon to an avian vet for a checkup, just tell them he is your pet pigeon and needs treatment. Then take him back home and keep him until he is healed.
 

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Take the pigeon to an avian vet for a checkup, just tell them he is your pet pigeon and needs treatment. Then take him back home and keep him until he is healed.
I was just thinking this actually. Don't I need to show registration and license info though ?
 

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Came across pigeon with a broken wing outside of my dad's shop. Noticed it couldn't fly and would fall to the right every-time it tried. We let it inside the shop where it rested under a parked car for a little while. I got it some food (wild bird seeds) and water and put it in a box. It wouldn't eat or drink with me around but I noticed it started to eat when I walked away but every time I walked back it would stop eating. The wing is basically hanging lower than the other one that is fine. It seems to move too easily. I did some research online and wrapped it. I have
 

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Alright so the vet said they would need to do an xray to know next steps. They believe the upper bones are broken, but they don't know which one and at what spot. They said it may need a surgery after that point but they don't do it and it has to be a specialist. So I called a specialist vet and deciding to have them do the xray and then perform a surgery if need be. It might get expensive and it may not fully address the problem.

Other option is to give them to the rehab who I spoke with. She said they spend thousands on pets and would give a bird a chance to live. I confirmed that they do euthanize if they can't be released back into the wild. BUt I know if I take it to a vet on my own I should keep it as a pet if it still can't fly.

Thoughts? Could I just wrap it and hope it heals?
 

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If you don't want to spend a lot of money, then at least try to get some meds for pain from the vet. Give him time to heal at your place. He is probably not eating because of pain. Keep him on soft bedding, food and water within reach. You can google "how to make a sling for a pigeon". He might not like it, but at least it will take weight of his legs.

Any rehab centre that cares for pigeons will have cages with pigeons recovering. You can always go check first before you take him. If you don't see any pigeons there, well then don't take him.
 

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Forget the sling part, I confused your thread with another one. Problem is the wing needs to be splint correctly otherwise it might not heal properly. I've had pigeons in the past that were shot and the wing hanging down and could not fly. After a long time some did recover on their own and started flying again.
 

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Well, I took the little fella to a specialist vet and they examined. At first said wing movement and range is good and they only feel a swollen area and not any fractures. Offered an x-ray at a really good price and did it - it does not look good. The Humerus is fractured into pieces. X-ray is below. Anyways, the vet tried discussing putting it down because it can't go back to the wild, etc, but I said I will have to make that decision. This vet in particular said she doesn't know if she can fix that has never done it and so we agreed she would check with the more senior vets at the clinic who have performed pin surgeries. These vets did a major surgey on my pet huskey 5 years ago and they are really good.

What are your thoughts here? Anyone have a pigeon with this kind of damage? Pin or just let it be ?

Apparantly, the other wing has some form of damage too that they suggested it be wrapped too. So now both wings are wrapped and the poor pigeon falls over on his back when it tries to walk :(
 

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If you are prepared to care for him, give him a chance. If he does not recover, I'm sure you will be able to provide him with a good home. Keep him in a cage for now so that he can't move around so much.
 

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So it turns out the vet is recommending me to rehab centers. THink they just don't want to work on him now because it's a wildlife.
If you are prepared to care for him, give him a chance. If he does not recover, I'm sure you will be able to provide him with a good home. Keep him in a cage for now so that he can't move around so much.
Do you think it would heal just wrapped up like that or would a pin surgery be beneficial for the little fella?
 

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A rehab center will KILL the Pigeon. We already know th bone is badly broken....I guaramtee you a rehab center will NOT go to the touble of attempting to mend the bone and then care for him/her and try a release.

So, basically....your choices:

1) if you bring to a rehab center they will say he is unreleasable and put hime/her down. Period.

2) So the next question is now: can you convince the vet you went to to try surgery ? If they balk, as them for another Avian vet recommendation.

You know, it is surgery yes, but quite honestly...pinning a broken wing bone ? It isn't crazy complicated, usually.

Then there is what you asked:

3) Do not proceed with surgical possible cure and just have the vet properly wing wrap the wing (this will require them to be sure that everything is aligned as best as possible, it may well require an x-ray from 2 angles, post-wrap; I say this because once a vet - well-meaning - wanted to save me some $ and did a wrap witha single x-ray view; only we discovered 4 days later that the bones were only aligned in that view, a rotated view showed she had missed alignment completely....eesh; but the story ended well, ultimately).
The wrap would need to stay on for quite a while...around 6 weeks I think, if memory serves.
Wound/scar tissue will begin to generate and it will...to a certain degree...bind things together a bit and stabilize the area some.
Supplemental meds will need to be given. An antibiotic to prevent infection, and they should also provide a calcium supplement..and perhaps a painkiller (metacam) would be nice for the first week, too.
However, although the joint will mend some and stabilize...flight returning ? Not likely; certainly not to the degree of releasing back into the feral world. Best case scenario there is a condition which a number of my rescue loft birds have : partial fight ability, able to jump-fly short distances of maybe 5-10 feet and the capability to get from the ground to a nest or perch or shelf maybe 5 or 6 feet off the ground. Not bad, but certainly not anywhere near the ability necessary to live a Feral existence.

So, THIS option comes with the expectation that from hereon in, the Pidge is now yours (or You are His/Hers). So you can keep as a pet (he/she will acclimate to the indoor life, certainly and they ARE great companions), OR you can build an aviary for her/him and maybe do some indoor-outdoor sorta arrangement.

My bet is...in a short time, you will actually come upon another feral in need, some way or the other...so perhaps this can be the beginning of something for you. So I say that because the first notion which often comes up at the suggestion is: "oh, that's so sad, because he/she will now be alone and with no other Pidge friends, forever...it's not fair to the Pidge".

To which I say 2 things:

~ You and he/she crossed paths, Pidge would be dead now if not for you

~ Given that has happened, who are we to decide it is 'wrong' for the bird to live ? To make the determination that it IS fair to put him down ? Seems quite specious....

So, again, you keep him/her, and I would say there is a likelihood that down the road some....you may encounter another which turns out to be unreleasable as well. It's quite possible.

But those are your only real choices.

If you are open to the expenditure....I say find out more about possible surgery. I have spent upwards of $500/ea on several injured ferals over the years...most were actually ultimately successfully healed and re-released. But if that isn't possible, then either you now have a companion, or the choice of putting him/her to death is now yours (because at a rehab center, the result is foregone - they will not bother with mulling over such a choice, am afraid to say).

Thanks for caring and helping the Pidge.

(BTW not sure what happened with representing him/her as a pet...but in any future talks with any other vets, represent the Pidge as your pet. Even if they push you to say he/she is a Feral, stick with your story. I know, it shouldn't MATTER to them, as long as you are paying - and I have been fortunate to have avian vets over the years who took this exact position - but to some, they will try to get an admission that it is Feral and therefore they will deny treatment...I know, nonsensical)
 

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Excellent response .

I don't know how the vet lined the bones. My understanding is the wing was put into it's natural state. How is a follow up x ray done on a humerus bone? Was it a humerus bone on yours that was injured ? I like the idea of follow up surgery to at least see if it's ligned up when wrapped. I asked the vet today she said it's hard to see in an x-ray when they're wrapped? Is this true?

Surgery has been referred to a specialist... but they are checking to confirm they can work on the wild animal... it says on their website they can work on pigeons... and I know they work on wild animals but seems it has to be through a rehab agency of sort. I think there is liability and other issues at play as well. But we'll see. Never realized I could claim him as a pet and lie about how long I had him for. Was being too naive and didn't realize how many people keep these guys as pets. I had battles with vets who were telling me it was illegal to keep the fella...

Anyways, if good to go... cost has been suggested $1500-2500 to start and $1000 for follow up appointments. Basically, they suggested a bar on outside with pins going inside to hold the bones in place.

Honestly,if I can be sure everything is lined up anyway with the wrap I would be happy.

Maybe I can find another vet who can do xrays for cheap or this type of surgery but most point me to the same place....

What are your thoughts on surgery? I heard they are risky as well.

I'm not giving up on this guy. No way.

Yes if I don't end up putting him for adoption...I'm speaking with an adoption group right now and got some advice on food and nutrition during healing....but yes I would buy a friend or 2 or 3 for him and outside him.... only thing is predators that may attack my dog who also in backyard and possibility of my dog attacking the pigeon(s).... but this is all too soon to be concerned about right now. I'm just trying to get him in the best state possible to heal as best as it can yo live as long as it can. Who knows, maybe it heals andflies off on me.
 

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Came across pigeon with a broken wing outside of my dad's shop. Noticed it couldn't fly and would fall to the right every-time it tried. We let it inside the shop where it rested under a parked car for a little while. I got it some food (wild bird seeds) and water and put it in a box. It wouldn't eat or drink with me around but I noticed it started to eat when I walked away but every time I walked back it would stop eating. The wing is basically hanging lower than the other one that is fine. It seems to move too easily. I did some research online and wrapped it. I have done some research and seems I should contact a rehabitation centre. It seems also some rehab centres and vets would euthanize the pigeons.

Wondering what I should be doing for the welfare of this pigeon? If I take it to a vet or rehab, can I ask to ensure they won't euthanize it? Am I able to keep it at home if they decide it won't get better? Will they give it a chance to get better before deciding to euthanize it ?

Never been in this situation before so I'm not sure what to do.
Keep up the great work and fight for the little guy. Where in Canada are you from?
 

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Came across pigeon with a broken wing outside of my dad's shop. Noticed it couldn't fly and would fall to the right every-time it tried. We let it inside the shop where it rested under a parked car for a little while. I got it some food (wild bird seeds) and water and put it in a box. It wouldn't eat or drink with me around but I noticed it started to eat when I walked away but every time I walked back it would stop eating. The wing is basically hanging lower than the other one that is fine. It seems to move too easily. I did some research online and wrapped it. I have done some research and seems I should contact a rehabitation centre. It seems also some rehab centres and vets would euthanize the pigeons.

Wondering what I should be doing for the welfare of this pigeon? If I take it to a vet or rehab, can I ask to ensure they won't euthanize it? Am I able to keep it at home if they decide it won't get better? Will they give it a chance to get better before deciding to euthanize it ?

Never been in this situation before so I'm not sure what to do.
where do u live does the bird have a band on its leg
 
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