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Hello ladies and gents,

I'm not a regular on this forum as you will probably tell from my profile but I really need your help/advice.

Last night, me and my girlfriend found a pigeon just standing still near my house door. I slowly approached it and it still didn't move. I examined it closely and noticed that one its wings looked a bit 'off'. I also noticed a blue ring on one of it's legs but no number or code.
So, I decided to try and pick it up and place it in a box. I gave it some food and water, surrounded it with towels and tried contacting the RSPCA.
After half an hour of waiting on the phone I didn't get through to anyone and decided to try later. I kept an eye on the pigeon and it was still just standing still in the box.
I tried to phone the RSPCA again but again, got no answer.
After this I decided to put it in the shed to keep it safe overnight.

Before I went to work I made sure to check on the status of pigeon and it still seemed to be standing and it seems that it had a bit of bread.
I decided to try and contact the local vets this morning but they said they wouldn't be able to help (which I thought was a bit weird but i guess they can't treat every injured bird call they get.)

Upon returning from work and checking the pigeon, it had fell forward on to it's head but was still breathing. I thought I would try and inspect it again to see if I could see anything else but I couldn't.

Now it won't even use it's legs, it just lies there. I've put it back in the box for now but I'm really not sure what to do?
I'm sure it's suffering and as a general animal lover I hate to see creatures suffer.

Can anyone suggest anything ro provide some advice?

Thanks in advance.

Rich
 

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If he has a band then he is owned by someone. Maybe got lost and is dehydrated or starving. Can you please give him a cup of tepid water with a pinch of sugar and pinch of salt. Gently dip his beak in and see if he will drink, but not over the nostrils. He should be hydrated with water for a few hours before giving any food. And bread isn't food for a starving pigeon. Nothing in it. Can you offer him some seed? Wild bird seed will do. He may be sick or injured, or may just be weak from lack of water and food. If he is lost then he wouldn't know how to find either.

Can you post a picture of the bird?
 

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RSPCA would just put it down. General vets are likely to do the same, so at least your local vet had the decency to say they couldn't help. Mostly they can't, unless they have an avian specialist or by chance have someone who is familiar with pigeons.

Where are you? Oh, and if you're on Facebook please try pigeon rescue & protection, UK group of rescuers from all over.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PigeonProtection/

Keep the bird warm (that is, if you have a heat pad or hot water bottle you can wrap) as the lose body heat when unwell. Do mix up some just-warm water with a pinch of salt and larger pinch of sugar (better, tsp honey) and try to encourage him to drink it. Offer wild bird seed if nothing else easily obtainable.

Please see 'stabilising a rescue' also

http://www.pigeonrescue.co.uk
 

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JohnD, thanks for posting the links! Richjn, thank you for helping the poor bird. Please keep us posted on how he is doing.
 

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Seems like a weak and starving pigeon. Picture of the poop may help. Should be fed and watered for sure and should join Facebook group John suggested and post there for help. If not fed and watered immediately then he will die. Poor guy.
 

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Thank you all for your help. It is much appreciated! I've never been in this kind if situation before and I tend to panic when an animal is injured but I'm doing my best.

Below are some pictures of the pigeon. It was rather difficult as I was the only one around, but here we go.
 

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Have you posted there? If not pls post there soon with pics and your location. I think there are rescuers from Birmingham, you could be helped.
Has he eaten anything and have you given warm sugar water?
What is white on his leg?
 

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Hi Kiddy, just posted there. I may have found someone who might be able to help rescue the little fella.

I did mix up some of the solution suggested and managed to get it to drink quite a lot.

The white is poop.
 

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So you can probably get someone in morning. Hope he makes it during the night.
Can you feed him something right now? Is he trying to pick up anything? If not, do you have defrosted frozen peas/corns on hand?
 

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So I went to check on the little fella and I have some progress to report!
Not only had it moved, it was standing up and shuffling around the box! :D

I gave it a bit more of the salty/sugary solution, made a heated rice sock that one of the group members recommended, and gave him new bedding in the form of an old fleecy shirt I had.
 

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Great!!! Thanks for the help. I think he will make it until he is transferred to someone. Thanks a lot.
 

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Thank you so much for helping him! Is he eating at all? Drinking? Lovely bird! Hope he starts taking in some food and water, may just be starving.
 

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Always remember that you need to warm and then rehydrate the bird first. Don't feed until he has been warmed and rehydrated or you could kill him. Warmth, then water, then food.
 

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Yes agree, but how much should we wait before feeding after rehydration?
 

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Does he appear emaciated? You can check the chest bone which should be surrounded by flesh in a well feed pigeon. If the chest bone is sharp, without flesh, the pigeon is starving. Have you noticed him making any poop? Photos would poop may indicate if there is a digestive disease which is frequent and often the cause of other problems. Also you should look inside mouth for white, yellow or other kind of formations. Bad smell coming from mouth may indicate crop stasis or canker. Also, in one photo it seems that there is blood on one wing. If there is any wound, antibiotics may be neccesary. The same if there is a fracture.
 

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Hello again everyone, I regret to inform you that our little friend did not make it through the night :(
I am quite upset, especially as he seemed to be getting better. Thank you all so much for all your help. It's nice to know there are people out there that care so much.
 

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I am so sorry Rich. You did the best what you could do. No care and concern can change the destiny so don't feel upset, probably it was too late for him. You will save next some time. Keep good work up.
 
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