Just leaving the bird to suffer with an infected foot is not the right thing to do, IMO.
That's something I also take into consideration when trying to decide whether to intervene or not. If it's a life-threatening injury/illness, then I certainly would because a parent can't care for his/her young anyway if he's dead, but string injuries are more a gray area for me.At this time of year there is also the very real possibility that it has chicks in the nest which could be left to die of starvation, that is a factor that I, peronally, am unable to ignore.
Lisa also stated
Please clarify, Terry!
It is great that you are able to come up with an alternative suggestion , but have I missed something? Has a post been deleted that would add sense to your criticism if it had remained? ? I have re-read this thread and I can't find any post that suggests the pigeon be " left to suffer". Lisa posted because she didn't want to leave it to suffer but she didn't know
a) How to catch it or if she would be able to do this, and
b) How to treat it if she was either able or unable to catch it.
At this time of year there is also the very real possibility that it has chicks in the nest which could be left to die of starvation, that is a factor that I, peronally, am unable to ignore.
thus my comment about not leaving it to suffer. Better to be a bit traumatized than to die of a systemic infection, IMO.I'm reluctant to catch him because I don't want to traumatize him
Curioser and curiouser....as mine was the only response between the time the rescuer revealed that she was in Manhattan and your post. Until that point I thought she might be in the UK where I am, which is why I said Depending on which country you are in, maybe one of us could provide you with the antibiotics that the pigeon needs. and on finding she was in the US I virtually left the field to the US members as I couldn't help. Although I think I know a lot about pigeons my knowledge of NYC and the resources there is sketchy.it appeared that members who should know about the WBF as well as NYCPRC failed to mention either as a possible resource.
I want to add that I read this thread at the time I posted to it. As far as the fact that I "should know" about WBF, see below.Curioser and curiouser
I think it's kind of a big leap here to assume this bird has a systemic infection when none of us has seen the bird or even photos of the injury. Lots of string injuries look horrible, but the foot isn't necessarily infected. And even there were, it's another assumption that a localized infection will become systemic.Better to be a bit traumatized than to die of a systemic infection, IMO.
Yes, but it could also go the other way where the bird needs to kept for a few days or weeks. If we were to take "badly infected" at face value, there's very little chance that that bird would be back on the street the same day, is there?However, it is possible this bird could be back with any mate and/or babies very quickly if caught, examined, and treated.
It doesn't take them long to figure that out.Thanks again to all who responded (and no need to apologize, you are all very caring people, I take all comments as coming from concern). Today, after trying all day to catch her yesterday, I called the WBF again. That's how I found out the pigeon is female, the WBF person said the females sit on the nest during the night, and go out to eat between 9 AM and 4 PM, and that's when I see her. I will keep trying to catch her, I was told to try to lure her into the house, then toss a sweatshirt over her and put her in a box. One problem is that when I practice (using a rolled up towel) I have to use one hand to close the box. And though I can coax her to the window sill with food, and she very nearly comes in, she won't stay still once I moved to toss the sweatshirt.
* I think she's on to me.
So, any suggestions at all are welcome!! And thanks again for all your help!