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Ugh Pigeons..

Discussion in 'Feathered Friends' started by pookie!, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Well my friend just came over very early, apparently some fledgling pigeons were at her work and she couldnt just leave them for people to kill so she boxed them up and brought them to my house lol

    We have both been pigeon people for a long time, us being some of the few females in the Phoenix area who are into the bird sports, its mostly a guy thing so we have a love for them and youll find us hard pressed to not rescue a bird if we know we can help it.. I have already rescued two at my place now and it never fails, lol if its not her bringing me one it will be someone else..

    One is a blue check and the other is a blue bar, they shouldnt be here to long, probably a week or so before they are fully ready to take off.. Ill get some pictures once the camera charges..
  2. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Very cool. I know little to nothing about them, but I sure do like them.
    Nice of you to take care of the little guys.
  3. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    I know to damn much about them lol we have had a ton of birds over the years, from the very nice prized rollers and racers from big name people to the ratty little feral ones you find behind Walmart lol

    I love them, they are very smart birds and anyone who has owned them can tell you that, I dont think I could ever not like them.

    This is the first guy I got from around here, adult male that someone had pulled all the flight feathers from, my guess was he was someones pet or a bird who was getting into someones aviary and they plucked him and dumped him off so he wouldnt come by after his feathers grew back in

    Then I rescued a little baby, younger than the ones I have now by a week or so and it was pretty sick, looked like a cat got him and chewed on his crop, he lived a few days and died
  4. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Are they similar in temperament to Doves?

    I raised a wild dove at one point and I adored him. A raccoon got a hold of him before long, but man he was a smart little thing. Absolutely terrified of me at first, but I made dove 'coo' sounds at him and he immediately started attacking my face - I thought! :lol: - after that he was attached to me, we'd go outside and he'd fly right back to me when I called him. I wouldn't mind owning more in the future.
  5. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Well pigeons are doves, so yes.

    Yea they are super smart and figure out that you arent so bad pretty quick, some within a few hours. I remember the first feral pigeon I rescued when I was younger, loved that bird, he would do the same, Id let him out of his kennel in the morning to go do bird stuff while I was at school and Id come home and he would be waiting for me, he would come to his name and everything

    I just went down to put in some water and food for the babies and look them over, they seem in good health for the most part, although I think a cat might have had a go at them.. :/

    The check one looks like its only got a few feathers missing on the outside of the wings but the bar looks pretty banged up..


    This is what the check's wing looks like as well just without all the feathers missing

    He has some blood on his underside, looks like he has a gash where his leg connects to his body, pretty much the whole way, its clotted up good and he should be fine, Ill know in a few days if he will make it, he walks fine and doesnt show any signs of pain

    Here is a picture of the bar with the problems lol they are dehydrated and need some food as you can see by their poop so they should eat pretty quick and Ill make them drink water just to be sure they are doing so until they calm down
  6. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Well, you learn something new every day.

    Poor kids. They look bright-eyed and alert, though. I'm sure they'll do fine with you caring for them. Do you think they'd do better with some pedialyte? It's just what I always use first with dehydrated babies of any species.
  7. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    Thanks for rescuing them, pookie.

    Here is an awesome link if you need to use it: http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/f108/basic-steps-to-saving-the-life-of-a-pigeon-or-dove-8822.html

    They are adorable.

    Is the young one self feeding?

    Are they eating well... pooping well?

    You can clean up the wound if it needs it and put neosporin on it.

    Usually we recommend getting an antibiotic like augmenten for cat caught birds.

    The young one will do well with some probiotics to generate some good gut bacteria, the young ones are usually depleted because of stress and they never have much to begin with at that age.

    If you need any help you can go to our wonderful forum, pigeon talk.

    Thanks again!

  8. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Yea they seem really "there" not like the last baby I got, I kinna knew he wasnt gonna make it lol but these guys seem like they should be pretty good.

    That would probably help yea, dont have any on hand at the moment and once they figure out the water is in the bowl they will drink like crazy, usually all you have to do is hold them and dip their beak in the water and they just start chuggin
  9. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    You can also put a drop of organic apple cider vinegar in their water bowl and that will also help generate an environment for good gut bacteria to thrive as well as get rid of bad bacteria.
  10. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Yep they are of the age they are eating on their own, I rolled some seed at them and they watched it so they should start picking around in the next few hours after they calm down.
    I dont think the wound needs much right now, its really clean and no stuck feathers, poop or any grass in it which is good.

    These guys seem like a pretty easy job, just pretty much have to give the one the time to heal and then they should be on their way lol

    No problem, I am not one to turn down a pigeon lol and neither is my friend apparently lol
  11. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Good idea! I am gonna set them up in a little kennel in a while and put them out of the way so no one bothers them, no one is home right now so they are in their box hanging out in the bathroom
  12. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    oops duplicate
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2013
  13. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Well they ate and drank last night really good, calmed down a lot too. The one with the injured leg is very docile, doesnt want to move around to much and for good reason, but otherwise looks healthy. The check is a screamer lol but not really afraid, juts loud.

    Bear REALLY wanted to eat them lol normally I can get him to straighten up and act right around most prey typed animals in the house, but something about these two babies he was ON lol
  14. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    Thank you for the update, pookie.

    Oh...I bet Bear was absolutely thrilled thinking of the prospect of "dinner". :lol:

    You can wrap up a small towel in the shape of a donut if the pigeon with injured leg needs to rest it on.

    Is the bird holding it up all the time, or trying to put some weight on it? Usually if they are limping and putting weight on it, then it can just be a nasty sprain or swelling. If it hangs like a rag doll and/or they don't want to put weight on it it may be broke.

  15. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    awww, good on you for helping them out :)
  16. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Oh yea, they are in the bathroom where he eats normally and man he thought he was having squeaker for dinner!

    No he puts weight on it if needed, its not broken it the cut on him thats sore I think. A cat scratch like that cant feel good. He is in a bowl right now, like a little nest. I think he is the smarter of the two lol the way he looks at me vs the way the other one looks at me lol he took water when I offered it to him, didnt even stand up just drank right from the bowl lol then was just sitting there eating, the other one squeaked up a storm and only drank after I left
  17. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    MOAR PICTURES! please
    I had no idea pigeons were doves-I suppose it makes sense-they look very similar in regards to shape. Does your interaction with them hinder them being put back in the wild? You know how when some animals are caught and rehabilitated they can't have much interaction with people because they get too used to them.
  18. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    They're cute.. My friend has Pigeons they are awesome.. I have a picture of one of them, but i don't remember one kind of pigeon she said it was
  19. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    While pigeons can sight bond to caretakers, we usually limit contact with them, just enough to do what needs to be done.

  20. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    Not usually, I have hand reared and had very tame birds that did fine put back out in the wild, they usually figure it out pretty quick. I wont be handling these guys to much, they will be staying in a kennel and arent "pets" so they should do pretty well when I release them. I will probably take these guys to a local park that has a good flock and constant feed around so they can have access to all that while they figure out where to go.

    Ive even had some of my very tame pet birds decide "Im going wild!" and take off and not see them for years lol and then they show up with a wild mate and your like, where the hell have you been all this time?

    Even if these babies do end up being overly friendly, the park I am releasing them at has rangers and lots of people working at it, its like a plantation typed place, lots of chickens, peacocks, etc and very strict rules on messing with the animals, lots of fenced off areas where people cant get to but the birds can so if the bird is overly friendly no one is going to mess with it to much, plus most people wont just run up and grab a pigeon, you know, cuz they are dirty birds and all :P

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