This is my first forum ever of any kind and hope I am doing this right. I recently rescued a baby pigeon (Duke/Dutchess) from sure death in a steel mill. I raised pigeons as a youngster and felt it my duty to take him/her home. Duke has lived with me for 10 weeks in the basement an guessing his age at the time of rescue as about 4-6 weeks he is now about 4 months old. We have become very close and I am very attached. The reason for the extensive background is I need assistance in making a descision. I had him outside when he was unable to fly, but not since he has become able to fly. I want to take him out and let him exercise and enjoy his God given gift of flight. My problem is I'm so attached and affraid he will wonder off and not be able to make it through this cold Indiana winter. My selfish thought is to keep him/her in the basement till next spring, but this is not fair to Duke. Could someone please help me with this heart felt decision.