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So, my father found this dove(i think, cuz it is white). I don't know for how long he's been hurt so i really need an answer! The pigeon has a really ugly wound, under his wing. I don't speak English very well because I'm from Romania, but it is a kind of large wound. It goes all the way to the part where the wing connects with his body. His feathers fell off, and I think he has what you call a flesh wound.. Please help me and excuse my bad English.
 

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I don't think it was shot. The wound is very large. Unfortunately, my father found him pretty late and now it is 22:30 pm. Also, tomorrow is Sunday, which means all the pharmacies will be closed. I don't know what I can do to help him with just what I have in my house. I don't know much about birds, but he seems pretty active. Also he had blood all over his body when my father found him, so maybe he was attacked by a cat or something..
 

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The first time I gave him water he drank a lot. Maybe he was dehydrated. He didn't eat anything. He doesn't seem to be able to eat just yet. Also I think he is a racing pigeon because he has one green ring around his right foot. I'd like to know.. if he recovers and I release him, will he return to his owner? Cold season is getting close and I'm worried for him. Could he wait until I get him to the vet on Monday? I hope he won't get worse.
 

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Can you boil 2 cups of water and add to it 1/2 Tablespoon of salt? Let it cool to luke warm, and use it to clean the would. Then apply an antibiotic cream, like what you would apply to a cut. Neosporin or the like. Something that will help to kill germs.

If he was caught by a predator then, as was already mentioned, he will need an antibiotic.
 

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The first time I gave him water he drank a lot. Maybe he was dehydrated. He didn't eat anything. He doesn't seem to be able to eat just yet. Also I think he is a racing pigeon because he has one green ring around his right foot. I'd like to know.. if he recovers and I release him, will he return to his owner? Cold season is getting close and I'm worried for him. Could he wait until I get him to the vet on Monday? I hope he won't get worse.
Please follow the stabilize link and hopefully the bird will make it till Monday.
 

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So, right now I'm going to clean the wound with luke warm water with salt as you suggested. I bought an antibiotic cream. Should I bandage it?
 

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Is imposible to not find a human pharmacy open sunday, many are open sundays up to midday and in every city and town is at least one open non stop. If you don't know one in your city, google "farmacie non stop sibiu" (replace sibiu with your city).

Also some veterinary pharmacies are open sundays.

For your pigeon, you can use human medicines: Amoxicilină (is pretty cheap) and an antibiotic cream which you say you already bought. In vet pharmacies is a specially for animals antibiotic cream - Mibazon.

Amoxicilină you should give for 5 days or (if signs of infection persist) more. A medium sized pigeon must receive like 30 Mg of Amoxicilină/ day (lesser if is guguștiuc / ring dove, as is smaller).
The medicine is usually found at 500 mg capsules so you shoulg give like the 15th part of a capsule / day. You pour the power over a little (1 cm in diameter) piece of moisted bread and then blend it with the bread and put it in bird's mouth. Take care to put it as deep into throat as possible and push it deeper with your finger, in order both to avoid suffocation or the bird throwing the bread out.

Birds' respiratory vent is on the tongue and water or food entering there may either kill the bird or make him/ her suffer for hours. Most birds I treated died from such suffocation accidents - up to 80% of them so be careful. You never should put liquids in bird mouth, instead offer her / him a cup and put it in from of the bird that way the beak only to enter in water and the bird to start drinking if wants.




As about going with the bird to vet, in Romania few vets know something about birds (and they are usually at chicken farms or drug factories), most are specialised in dogs and cats. They don't know even elementary things, like the one with not puting water in bird's mouth and they may kill the bird (it happened to me). And if they don't know something, they won't admit this, intead, will try to fool you with some "professionally"-sounding explanations. Even their teachers at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest are ignorant, I know because I went several times at Faculty's clinic. So better avoid them and resort to people on this forum, who have really long experience with pigeons. And if possible, post some photos, as in photos they may notice something that escaped you.



Also, as the pigeon has an owner, you can try find him. There are several sites with databases of lost or found pigeons, none is systematic, but you may try. Here are some Romanian sites (the owner neverthless may be from a neighbour country), as listed by Google:
https://www.google.ro/search?q=poru...hannel=sb&gws_rd=cr&ei=OfFMVIWhDqLhywOi_IG4CA
 

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First of all, thank you sooo much for helping me and my little friend!! Right now he's flying up and down everywhere in my house. He's been eating and drinking well. I treated him 2 times a day and I noticed his wound is nearly closed. I read somewhere I have to clean the wound very well so scab won't be a problem. That's what I did and now he has a really clean, nearly healed wound. But.. I must think about one problem: My father spoke with one of his friends that are in the racing pigeons business. When my father first brought our little friend home, his friend told him to 'throw him in the pan'. As a man that does business with pigeons and a man that owns many pigeons, and may as well be the owner of this one, I fear that if I release him he will be killed. I kind of feel attached so I wish he could live, but I can't keep him because I live in an apartment. Also, his ring has no numbers on it so I really don't know what I can do. Please help us once more!!
 

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First of all, thank you sooo much for helping me and my little friend!! Right now he's flying up and down everywhere in my house. He's been eating and drinking well. I treated him 2 times a day and I noticed his wound is nearly closed. I read somewhere I have to clean the wound very well so scab won't be a problem. That's what I did and now he has a really clean, nearly healed wound. But.. I must think about one problem: My father spoke with one of his friends that are in the racing pigeons business. When my father first brought our little friend home, his friend told him to 'throw him in the pan'. As a man that does business with pigeons and a man that owns many pigeons, and may as well be the owner of this one, I fear that if I release him he will be killed. I kind of feel attached so I wish he could live, but I can't keep him because I live in an apartment. Also, his ring has no numbers on it so I really don't know what I can do. Please help us once more!!
There is nothing you can do except either release him, or keep it at you. There are some centers for rescued wild birds but they are ecologists, they see animals as biologic mass and if one is sick and not "valuable", they kill him.

In second variant, if you keep him at you like one month without leting him out, he will become acustomed with your house and you will be able to let him fly outside and come back when he wants, for sleep and eat. I have now 13 pigeons (number fluctuates as some die or leave and I bring new others, sick or babies). And most of them go outside and come back. Among them are three couples, all on eggs now, when the male or the female is on eggs, the other fly outside.
 

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Letting a lone pigeon outside to fly is dangerous for the bird. They are safer in groups, and less likely to be picked off by a predator.
 
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