Should I keep this pigeon or let it free?
Yesterday morning a pigeon got hurt and could not fly. So I put it in a box and till now the pigeon is still in the box but now I do not know if it should stay in the box or if I should let it free.
- The First DragonLv 71 week ago
If it can fly reasonably well, set it free.
If it still can't fly, you can call a wild bird rehabilitator to care for it. If you don't know any, call the veterinarian, they should know.
I have taken in a pigeon that couldn't fly. It was able to fly within a month, so I took it back to where it came from and released it. Normally a pigeon can fly miles to its home, but I didn't want to make it fly that far when it had just recovered.
If it had taken longer to recover, I would have released it where I was, because it would probably think this was its new home.
If you think you should care for it, it should be in a cage or something it can see out of, not shut up in a box. You would need to get pigeon or dove food, or wild bird seed, and give it water. It might do better on the bottom than on a perch, because pigeons like flat places, and anyway you don't want it to fall with its hurt wing.
- heart o' goldLv 71 month ago
I suggest you take it to a rescue organization, you can contact your local animal shelter for a referrral.
I was at the beach with my dogs at sunset one night and there was a pigeon acting strangely near the waters edge, it kept flying out over the water then back to the beach. There were dogs all over and I thought it was going to get grabbed and killed. When I approached it it didn't seem afraid and when I got close it looked like something was going on with it's eyes (it was getting dark so I couldn't see well). I was able to walk right up to it and wrap it in my jacket.
It was a bit of a trick getting it to my office with my three dogs in the cab of my truck trying to check it out, but when I got it into the light I could see someone had put a single stitch into each of it's eyelids and literally sewn it's eyes shut. Then I remembered this creepy fat guy who had "jogged" past me four times while I was carrying the bird, he was probably the one who had done this.
I left it in my office that night in a quiet corner and the next morning took it to a wildlife rescue. I was afraid to hurt it by removing the stitch. They pulled out the stitchs, kept and and gave it antibiotics for a few days and released it.
The best thing you can do for an injured bird is get it to someone who knows what to do to help it.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Call the library and ask them to give you the contact info for a local wildlife rehabilitation center. Make sure that its the type that'll take-in birds.
- 1 month ago
You can do both.
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- babyboomer1001Lv 71 month ago
If it can't fly and is badly hurt, keep it for a month, feed it fresh water & wild bird food and see how it is in a month. If you can't care for it, give it to a rescue.
- PatriciaLv 71 month ago
Take it to an animal welfare center or call the DNR
- 1 month ago
Unless you have an aviary or something where the pigeon can rest, let it go. It's probably just stunned hitting a window.
- 1 month ago
You should set it free.
It's a wild animal so keeping it in captivity, especially when you're not really able to help it, might be doing more harm than good.
- RavenLv 51 month ago
Let it go, they don't last long without food or water