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I found an injured baby pigeon at my barn today. He has some swelling and an puncture on the left side (shoulder area). The wildlife rehab center close by was closed, but I don't think they take pigeons anyway. He is quite active (pawing with his right leg, and a lot of head movement), but I don't know if it could be from pain. I placed him in a box with hay, and he is in a bathroon with a heating pad beneath the box. The box is covered. I know there is a lady nearby who will take in injured birds, but I can't seem to locate her name. Is there anything I should be doing for him? The recording at the wildlife center said not to try and feed or water him.
 

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I found an injured baby pigeon today at my barn. He has swelling and a puncture around the left shoulder area. The local rehab center was closed, but I don't think they take pigeons anyway. I placed him in a cardboard box with hay in it. He is now at my home with a heating pad under the box, and I have a towel covering it. He is moving a lot. He is pawing with his right foot, and there is quite a bit of head movement (maybe from pain?). The recording at the rehab center said not to feed or water him, but I am not sure about that. There is a lady nearby who will take in injured birds, but I can't locate a name tonite. I am in Glen Ellyn, IL. any suggestions?
 

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Thank you so much for helping this baby--you've done the right things. Approximately how old do you think he is? Here's a link to the resources section of this forum with good information on feeding youngsters: http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/f25/various-methods-to-feed-young-squabs-9682.html

The following link, also from the Resources section, lists rehabbers and centers willing to take pigeons, though I'm not sure if there's one in your area. You can also try calling local vets and asking if they know anyone around who does rehab. Perhaps they'll have the name and number of the woman who lives near you. http://www.pigeon-life.net/prd.htm

I'm concerned about how the baby was injured because you mentioned a puncture wound. If caught by a cat, it needs antibiotics right away because cats carry bacteria in their mouths that can quickly be fatal.

-Cathy
 

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Here is everything I have for Il...

If you call the first place, they may be able to help you with someone in your immediate area.

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
(773) 988-1867
http://www.birdmonitors.net/intro.html
This group can make a referral to a pigeon safe rehabber

Flint Creek Wildlife
Downtown Chicago
(847) 602-0628
http://www.flintcreekwildlife.org
Pigeon friendly

Fox Valley Wildlife
45 WO61 Hwy. 38
Elborn, Il 60119
(630) 365-3800
Pigeon friendly
 
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