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Hello,

My husband found a baby pigeon from the Lowes he works at. Seems to be about 20 days old. Most of the gray feathers are there with some little yellow ones sticking out. He seems to be in really good shape just terrified. He chirps every time you go near him. Only had him for 12 hours and still won't drink or eat.

It seems like all of the rescue groups on Long Island don't accept pigeons. Does anyone know if anybody does around here? I'm willing to go into Manhattan if I need to.

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Did you find him on the ground as if he'd fallen from a nest? Any sign of the parents?

Can you put a dish of water in with him and dip his beak in? Once he recognizes the water, he should drink on his own. If he won't pick up seeds (he's right around the age when he can start learning), you should hand feed him. You can use thawed frozen peas and corn (I would let them come to room temp before feeding). I would feed him at least 25-30 pieces.

Terry Pratt is in Riverhead (although she also has a location in Manhasset) and rehabs pigeons: 516 965 9716

Another option is Dr. Linda Pesek, who will be at the Nassau Animal Emergency Clinic in Westbury tonight (starting about 8 pm): 516 333-6262. I would really try Terry first, as Dr. Pesek has a lot of birds to care for and has a difficult time releasing them.

Jennifer
 

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Thank you for rescuing this youngster in possible danger.

It has still not learned to eat, so here is what you can do.

You can feed it canned/drained corn and peas for now. Gently open the beak and drop a pea on top of the tongue, and allow the bird to swallow and repeat. He will not understand what you are doing and it will be hard to open the beak at first, but he will eat if he is hungry.

You can also try to coax him to put his beak in your hand by gently surrounding your beak with your fingers, and see if he will eat from your hand. He is used to putting his beak inside mom or dads beak and getting fed like that.

Here is a list of rehabbers/resources:

http://www.pigeon-life.net/prd.htm
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll forward your messages to my husband who is home from work today. He found him on the ground alone in the outside gardening dept. He looked around and saw a crushed nest in a machine close by. No sign of parents.

He's now in a cat carrier cage, we've been wearing gloves when we moved him. Is it okay to touch him without the gloves? It would probably make feeding easier.

Thanks for the numbers Jennifer. I'll let you know about the outcome!

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-Kerri
 

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Thanks Jennifer! My husband just dropped off the pigeon at Terry's where he's going to be rehabilitated and happy. This website was EXTREMELY useful!

Thanks!!!!!
 
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