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My neighbour is in her late 80's. Her husband had a chicken and a pigeon in a small coop in their backyard for ten years. He passed away 7 years ago, so she has been looking after them since. Just a couple of weeks ago, the chicken died a horrible death from rats! She called me to come to help. To explain, the coop is small, two storey. Like a little house. Surrounding the "little house" is a larger, framed-in area where the birds can go peck around or perch on slats of wood higher up. When this tragedy struck, the birds were being kept on the bottom of the coop with the door closed because we have been experiencing temperatures in the minus 20 degree celsius range. So I cleaned out the bottom of the coop, and secured the top against possibility of more rats, and put the dear pigeon up there. I have also been putting poison down in the lower part of the coop, having blocked it off so the pigeon is not able to get down there.
So here are my two questions:
1. is I am worried about the bird being lonely. Is this a concern? He/she seems angry - (and with good reason!) when I go to visit - but I'm not sure if I should encourage the owner to get another pigeon.
2. So long as the bottom of the coop is completely blocked off from any possible access, (I am still putting rat poison down there - though less now as I think their nest is dying), can I let the pigeon out into the larger area even if it's minus 10 degrees celsius?
Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Pigeons are good til -45.6C Mine have been in -40F for the last couple weeks even.
The bigger concern is drastic temp changes and drafts.

My bigger concern is the poison - Rats may move the poison to where the pigeon could get it or another animal. (Traps are a much better choice to not cause harm to creatures you do wish to keep well). It takes time for the poison to work, and if they are just carrying it around, they may let go of it. Also other animals may test the carcass of the dead animal and become ill from it.

Yes I do believe the pigeon is lonely, and they do best with others like themselves best. They will not be friendly without daily interaction from a known person or other suitable pet.

Hope this helps. It sounds like a tough situation.
 

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Thanks Silver Wings. Yes - it has been very difficult situation. But such is life! :)
It's really good to know about temperature. This means he/she can have some "wing room" during the day, and feel less isolated as there are many wild birds in her backyard. I will also talk to my neighbour about getting another pigeon. I would image a younger bird would be better - though I have no idea of the sex of her pigeon. Is there a way to find this out? And does this matter?
As to the dreaded rats, I concur this was not the best solution, I just had to do something fast - and in my opinion - drastic. They have stopped taking the bait for the third day in a row now - and because of the snow, and way the coop is designed, I can see exactly where they come in and out - which is containable. I believe their nest was directly under the cement floor of the coop.
Anyway - thanks again - I'm going over there in a minute to let him/her out and make sure there is no chance for access to any residual poison.
 

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My neighbour is in her late 80's. Her husband had a chicken and a pigeon in a small coop in their backyard for ten years. He passed away 7 years ago, so she has been looking after them since. Just a couple of weeks ago, the chicken died a horrible death from rats! She called me to come to help. To explain, the coop is small, two storey. Like a little house. Surrounding the "little house" is a larger, framed-in area where the birds can go peck around or perch on slats of wood higher up. When this tragedy struck, the birds were being kept on the bottom of the coop with the door closed because we have been experiencing temperatures in the minus 20 degree celsius range. So I cleaned out the bottom of the coop, and secured the top against possibility of more rats, and put the dear pigeon up there. I have also been putting poison down in the lower part of the coop, having blocked it off so the pigeon is not able to get down there.
So here are my two questions:
1. is I am worried about the bird being lonely. Is this a concern? He/she seems angry - (and with good reason!) when I go to visit - but I'm not sure if I should encourage the owner to get another pigeon.
2. So long as the bottom of the coop is completely blocked off from any possible access, (I am still putting rat poison down there - though less now as I think their nest is dying), can I let the pigeon out into the larger area even if it's minus 10 degrees celsius?
Thanks in advance for your help.

Hello and welcome to PT.
Thanks for showing interest in that lone pigeon and trying to help him.
Pigeons are social/flock birds. So they don't like to live in solitude. This will bring stress to him. Please ask your neighbour to get a mate for him. Getting him a partner of opposite gender would be best choice. But first you need to know his gender. If his coos louder,for long time and he spins around his axis standing at one point, making complete 360 degree rotations in a row outside the coop then he's male.

If he coop where he lives is not heated then irrespective of -10 C,you can let him out for mins-hour preferably in afternoon, to let him stretch his wings and get some exercise when the weather isn't bad. Please make sure that no rats/mice are entering in his enclosure as rats are huge health hazard and life threat to pigeons as they carry salmonella and can kill a pigeon easily.

If there's only one pigeon,I would bring him inside the house and try to bust his loneliness by socialising with him. Is it possible for your neighbour or you to do so until you find him a partner and winters are over?
 

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My neighbour is in her late 80's. Her husband had a chicken and a pigeon in a small coop in their backyard for ten years. He passed away 7 years ago, so she has been looking after them since. Just a couple of weeks ago, the chicken died a horrible death from rats! She called me to come to help. To explain, the coop is small, two storey. Like a little house. Surrounding the "little house" is a larger, framed-in area where the birds can go peck around or perch on slats of wood higher up. When this tragedy struck, the birds were being kept on the bottom of the coop with the door closed because we have been experiencing temperatures in the minus 20 degree celsius range. So I cleaned out the bottom of the coop, and secured the top against possibility of more rats, and put the dear pigeon up there. I have also been putting poison down in the lower part of the coop, having blocked it off so the pigeon is not able to get down there.
So here are my two questions:
1. is I am worried about the bird being lonely. Is this a concern? He/she seems angry - (and with good reason!) when I go to visit - but I'm not sure if I should encourage the owner to get another pigeon.
2. So long as the bottom of the coop is completely blocked off from any possible access, (I am still putting rat poison down there - though less now as I think their nest is dying), can I let the pigeon out into the larger area even if it's minus 10 degrees celsius?
Thanks in advance for your help.
this lone pigeon needs a new home, that is all there is to it. how lonely and miserable his life sounds. find someone with a loft that keeps his birds well and see if you can get him out of that cold lonely hell hole. IMO.
 
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