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Hi all, it's been three weeks since we came across a seemingly disorientated pigeon in our garden.

Her (may not be female, but we named her Polly!) neck was quite scraggy and some feathers a little tatty and she didn't seem able to fly too well.
After keeping an eye on her for a while, we managed to put her in a box.
for the night and think about what we should do the next day.

The following morning she managed to fly to a neighbours' roof, but never got much further and that night we again found her a bed

Since then, she's been looking healthier (as you can see from the difference in the photos), but some tatty feathers still remain. She can fly away, but not far and not for long. When she's flying, she seems to struggle after a while and spin out of control for a second before regaining her composure.

Polly feels safest nesting at night on our upstairs window sill, but she's exposed to the elements up there. We've also let her sleep in the garage in an old hifi cabinet that we decked our with newspaper and a bar to perch on, but aren't sure where to go from here.

Is she safe on her un-sheltered window sill? It's been quite windy, cold and rainy here lately.

There are also three local cats on the prowl and they've definitely got their eyes on her, she likes to wander around on the floor a lot.

We've taken Polly to our hearts, but need advice on what to do next with her.

Thanks.
 

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Keep her in as cwebster has said or something will get her.
In her box, if you can take out those perches and just put in a shelf to perch on, would be much better as pigeons like to perch on a flat surface, not a round perch. They shouldn't have to hang on which they do on a round perch, and they even like to lay down on the shelf.
Does she eat and drink well?
 

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she's so cute!! does she have gray eyes? beautiful! I would keep her inside as well until she's able to fly better and the weather gets warmer! :)
 

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Looks to be young by beak, get some canker meds and give to her, keep her IN side and out of harms way. Canker meds precaution for weaned birds otherwise the stress of weaning and molting can kill them. The parasite takes over and multiplies and takes advantage of the bird.

Cute, they make great pets, my inside pigeons when visiting are in med size dog crates, then they come out and walk around for free time and also outside in coop or in flight cage. Great sweet pets.
 

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Polly

If she is spinning during flight, she is a Birmingham Roller. She was probably lost on an overfly. The reason she can't fly well right now is due to lactic acid build up in the muscle. She will recover with some good feed. The scraggled looking feathers on her neck are because she is moulting. They will fill in to normal looking. What are you feeding her? She needs a good quality grain mix expecially when going through the moult.

I think it is probably a hen because it appears to be either a true brown or maybe a dilute yellow. The eye color appears to be what is referred to as false pearl which is typical of brown colored pigeons, but pearl eyes are also common in Birmingham Rollers in general. The actual color of the feathers is hard to tell from the pictures. The percentages of brown and dilute ash red (yellow) between the sexes make it more likely it is a hen rather than a cock. The small narrow beak also makes it more likely to be a hen.

If you intend to keep her build her a cage, and keep her up or the cats or a hawk will make a meal of her. Once she regains her strength you can let her out to fly, but you run the risk of her taking off again if you fly her. Pigeons are flock birds and she may try to find her home or other pigeons.
 

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Thanks for all the responses.
We've modified Pollys' "cage" and put a couple of shelves and places to perch.

We've kept her indoors for the last few days, apart from the last hour of daylight, when we've let her out, but supervised her until she settles to perch on the window ledge.

It seems a shame to keep her in all the time, but obviously it's better than the inevitable outcome if we left her out all day while at work.

Polly is preening a lot when indoors. She sheds small feathers and has also lost two large feathers when setting off flying the last couple of days.
 

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If you let her out, she will eventually either take off, or get into trouble. She should only be out in a safe enclosure, or she won't last long.
 
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