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SOS! I found an injured mourning dove this morning. It fell to the ground from the garage door as it was closing(?). I got very close to it and it hops away and flies a foot or two. No visible injury. We don;t have an avian vet in the area. WHat should I do to help it??? Thanks. K.
 

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Well, let's get this one bumped up and started processing. Okay, so where, basically, are you? It's possible that we might have a rehabber near enough to you to take the bird.

Can you take and post a picture of the bird?

Hopefully, you've already gotten the bird into a box so that's it's protected from predators. Have you read this thread yet:

http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/showthread.php?t=9457

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Well, the first order of business is to see if you can catch it. If you can, a small animal carrier lined with old T-shirts would be okay to keep it until you can get it to a vet. If you don't have one, a box covered with screen or some type of grate would work. Mourning doves tend to panic in captivity and hurt themselves, so a wire cage is not a good idea.

If you haven't already done so, please read this:

Basic Steps To Saving The Life Of A Pigeon Or Dove
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It is vital to stabilize an ill or injured pigeon or dove as soon as possible after rescue.
Three basic steps should be followed.
HEAT, ISOLATION & HYDRATION

HEAT:
A bird must be warmed gradually to a normal body temperature and be responsive (able to swallow). It is not unusual for a baby bird presented for rehabilitation to be very cold. (If a bird is unresponsive, please seek the assistance of an experienced rehabber or avian vet immediately.)

Give the bird a quick, superficial examination. Unless there is a critical situation, e.g., (severe bleeding) all birds should be covered and placed on a heat source* (see below) for at least 20-30 minutes to bring the body temperature back to normal.

ISOLATION:
Allow the bird to stabilize in a quite, dark, warm area.
While the bird is warming, take the opportunity to prepare any other items you may need to care for the bird, e.g., International Rehydrating Solution (recipe noted below)

A 'COLD' BIRD SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN FLUID OR FOOD, PERIOD!!

HYDRATION:
Fluids should be given after, and ONLY AFTER, the bird has been warmed, examined for any injuries & a determination is made as to the severity of his dehydration.
All fluids should be warmed or at room temperature!

Description and degrees, of hydrated and dehydrated birds
A well hydrated bird will be very alert, have elastic skin, bright eyes, moist, plump membrane inside the mouth and well formed moist droppings.

A moderately dehydrated bird will be less than fully alert, have dry, flaky skin, dull eyes, non-formed droppings and have a sticky membrane in the mouth.

A severely dehydrated bird will be lethargic or unconscious, the skin will 'tent' when slightly pinched, have sunken eyes, dry or absent droppings and have dry membrane in the mouth.

Depending on the cause and degree of dehydration, reversing this condition can take up to 24 hours. If the bird is alert, he may be rehydrated by mouth, using an eye dropper and putting drops along his beak every few minutes, making sure the fluids are room temperature or warmed slightly. Initially, a rehydrating solution should be administered. Plain water should not be given unless nothing else is available.

If the bird is not swallowing on his own or fully alert, he must be given fluids under the skin (sub-Q method).
WARNING!! This procedure should only be performed by an experienced rehabber or vet.

Please follow these simple, basic, yet most important steps.
The cells of the body simply don't work properly when dehydrated. Absolutely no digestive processes can take place if the gut CAN'T work. Absorption will not take place, food sits in the gut, undigested, and will eventually kill the bird.

* Heat source suggestions:
Towel lined heating pad, set on low
Towel lined hot water bottle
Low wattage lamp, directing the light into the cage.

* Emergency heat source substitute:
Fill an old sock about 2/3 full of rice. Microwave the sock for a few seconds. Making sure it isn't too hot, place it around the bird.

* International Rehydrating Solution:
To a cup of warm, or room temperature, water add a pinch of salt & sugar, mix well. Use this solution to rehydrate by mouth.

* Emergency rehydrating substitute:
Pedialyte, unflavored.

By following these basic steps you have done your best to stabilize your little feathered patient until further assistance is available.

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Well, I gotta' gota' lunch so be my guest working this one! I emailed the member with a link to the thread and I see that they're now reviewing the basic steps.

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Thank you for your replies and information. He seemed panicky this morning and when I found him, and was worried that I might hurt him further if I tried to catch him, so I put down some thistle seed next to him, and came to the office to research what to do. Posted my question and waited. Then I went back home @ 11 A.M. EDT, to try to catch him while waiting so he'd be safe. I couldn't find him though. No sign of any feathers of diturbance so hope he's either recovered, of safely hiding. Will go back home as soon as I can get away from work and look more thoroughly. Lot of leaves coming down here in Ohio so he may be well camouflaged. Thanks again for your help. As soon as I find him or know anything will update you. He looked like a full grown mourning dove. GOod size and no fluffy feathers. He could walk/run and when he flew only for about 3-4 feet about eight inches off the ground. Thanks.
 
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