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I live in Southern Oregon, United States. Early this morning I found a pigeon on my front deck with an injured wing. He's dragging it and not flying away. Otherwise he seems very healthy. I had someone who raises pigeons arranged to pick him up to care for him but they never called or came.
I have the pigeon in a box in a quiet room with a small bowl of bottled water and a crushed up cracker. He's popped several times so has been eating before I got him. Apparently I am going to be caring for him for at least tonight and possibly tomorrow before I can get him to a wildlife rescue 90 minutes away.
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO CARE FOR HIM!!
What to feed him!
How to house him!
He's so beautiful! I want the best for him!
Please advise--He's been in the box for 10 hours now!
 

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Would give him a dish with water, a dish with seed preferably pigeon mix, and grit. Is there a feed store near you? Thank you for helping him. Please make sure the rehab place helps and doesn't just euthanize pigeons...we adopted our first beloved bird, Phoebe, because she had a broken wing and the local wildlife organization just euthanizes pigeons. If you decide to keep him people here can probably help you nurse him back to health.
 

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Can you post a photo of the wing? If the box is closed up on top, it will be dark inside and he won't be able to eat and drink. A dog or cat carrier or even a birdcage will be a better option for keeping him in.
 

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The feed stores and pet stores were closed. I looked up on google (ugh) and gave him corn, plain oatmeal and a tiny amount of crunched up high quality dog food. He has water, and i gave him a new box with lots of holes cut in it icluding on the lid above his food and water so he could see.
I took a picture in his new house I can post. I'm trying to not handle him.
As for the rehab facility, yes they will rehab him if I go that route.
He sure is tame. :blush:
The picture shows a difference in the wings.
 

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If he is really tame I wonder if at some point he was someones pet and he was released or got lost. If you do decide to give him to the rehabbers, I would confirm with a few of their people what their intentions are, just because most of those places are not kind to pigeons. If you change your mind and want to keep him, there are people here who would be happy to help you along. Either way, thank you for helping the poor little guy.
 

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He is tame...and beautiful. I got excited thinking I had a private person who raised them wanting him, and I got a reference on how much he loves and cares for his birds.
Sorry-dumb question--
IF I kept him would he stay indoors or outdoors with a heat lamp?
 

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Thank you for helping this bird.

Does he have an ID band on his leg? Are there any open wounds on the wing or anywhere else?

The bird needs to be seen by either a avian vet or rehabber to determine whether the wing is broke or not, as it needs to be set asap.


Best to keep him in a small carrier for now, so he cannot do further damage to the wing.

 

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Beautiful bird! Reminds me of Chloe, a great squeaker we used to have. Hope he will be ok soon. Thanks again for helping him! If he is tame he might be a lost pet.
 

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Cwebster--
I will be going to the feed store shortly. I screenshot what you said to get him. The person who was supposed to pick him up and care for him left me a HORRIBLE message this morning. I will leave outbthe details but he is NOT getting this bird. I will care for it until I find tge right person.
 

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I am caring for the pigeon as best as I can. It does not seem in pain. I am not able to take it to an Avian specialist at this time as I have a cat with terminal cancer I have depleted every extra cent I have into caring for, specialists, multiple surgeries, etc. He is still receiving specialized care now.
I will do everything in my power to care for this pigeon rest assured.
 

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Sorry to hear about your cat.Where in Southern Oregon do you live? Maybe someone will have an idea on possible help sources or may live near you. Thank you for caring about this birds welfare.
 

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cwebster-I live outside of Medford, Oregon. About 30 miles above the Oregon/California border. I was given info on an animal sanctuary close to here that I am calling tomorrow.
I held him today while cleaning and changing out food/water etc. and I do believe his wing seems to be less droopy. My husband suggested giving it a couple more days healing before seeing it's wing movement.
I have to admit tho, this little feathered friend is growing on me. :purple_heart:
 

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I hope he will keep improving with regular food and care. You may also want to add vitamins to his water. Hope you decide to keep him!
 

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If its wing is less droopy now, possibly not broke. Sometimes calcium deficiency causes drooping of wing too. I would give him calcium at this point of time. It can help him healing.
 

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Because he is sick or injured, he may be appearing tame. Later may be a different story. That happens. If the wing is dragging, then it could very well be broken. If it doesn't heal to where he can fly well, they will usually have to euthanize. A predator could have done the damage, and if clawed or bitten, then he should be getting antibiotics to fight infection.
If you wait a couple more days, and the wing is broken, it will start to heal wrong and will be too late to set it. Birds bones heal rather quickly. So waiting longer isn't a good idea.
Can you post some pics showing how he is holding the wing?
 

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Because he is sick or injured, he may be appearing tame. Later may be a different story. That happens. If the wing is dragging, then it could very well be broken. If it doesn't heal to where he can fly well, they will usually have to euthanize. A predator could have done the damage, and if clawed or bitten, then he should be getting antibiotics to fight infection.
If you wait a couple more days, and the wing is broken, it will start to heal wrong and will be too late to set it. Birds bones heal rather quickly. So waiting longer isn't a good idea.
Can you post some pics showing how he is holding the wing?
This is why it is necessary for the bird to be seen by an avian vet or avian rehabber
 

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He was feisty today when I cleaned his box and dishes. I can't get a good picture of his wing extended or him walking yet. I did find a healed up possible wound I took a picture of that you may need to zoom in on. Also a picture in his box that may show something to you if you are an expert.
I am not sure if these help.
He may (may) be getting a pigeon hutch soon and staying here with us as another spoiled rotten rescue pet.
 

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With a wound there, It does look like a hawk or something may have tried to grab him, and he got away. It's possible anyway. If that be the case then he really should have antibiotics. It can be cleaned with a warm saline solution, and covered with Neosporine also. You can boil a quart of water and add a Tablespoon of salt to it and let it cool to lukewarm. Use to wash any wounds, and cover with Neosporine cream.

Can you not bring him to the rehabber, ask them to wrap the wing for you, and maybe they have the needed antibiotics and would be kind enough to give or sell you some, and you could take him back home? Would that maybe be possible?
 
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