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Old December 3rd, 2008, 11:42 PM
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Help with hurt pigeon!

I found a pigeon downtown today (December 3rd) that is missing a large amount of flesh from the back of his neck towards the top of his head, slightly bigger than a two dollar coin. I applied Polysporin to his wound and he seems to be in well enough shape, as he seems coherent and able to walk and preen, although he has not eaten or drank any water that I have seen. I am worried because as I stated, it is a rather deep wound so I am not sure if he will be able to fully heal. I cannot take him to any shelters in my area, as all of them have already admitted they will euthanize him, although they have yet to see his condition. I have not been able to locate any pigeon or wild bird recovery centres in my area (Hamilton, Ontario) unless they are a bird of prey.

Does anyone know where I can take him? Or what else I can do to help him heal? Any suggestions would be great..

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Old December 4th, 2008, 12:35 AM
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will the humian Soc. in your area take him?? I hope he will be ok! keep us posted. Thats really awsome that you took him in
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Old December 4th, 2008, 01:23 AM
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Thank you so much for giving this bird a second chance. I've noticed that in the wild, pigeons which are sick or injured are quickly finished off by the others :sad:.

Try this forum, people there have been really helpful to me in the past.


Don't get your hopes up; birds are extremely fragile. That being said, I have saved a few with terrible injuries. There's a wonderful bird rescue here in Quebec which treats pigeons with loving respect. I doubt if the humane society there has the expertise, even if they agreed to take it.

Good luck! Please keep us posted.

PS Give him something to perch on. The last fellow I had I kept in a big cat crate and I put a stick through the slots on each side for him to sit on.

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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:41 AM
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Thank You for taking this poor guy in! You're a birdie hero!

I hope you can find a place for the poor guy to go to!
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Old December 4th, 2008, 07:12 AM
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Skorpio,thank's for caring
I have a flock of about 30 Pigeons coming to my feeders and I love them.
If I find a wounded bird,I take it to our Humane Society(Oakville)they have an outdoor large cage for birds.
Often times though,I am sure they euthanize if the wound is too severe.
They are fragile,but it is possible he can survive,he could be in shock right now.
You can get some Pigeon-feed,I saw it at WalMart the other day,although "my"Pigeons eat good birdseeds and corn.
If you cannot find any place to take him,could you keep him warm and fed in a carrier.
It's possible he was attacked by a Hawk and something scared the Hawk away,I have Hawks going after the Pigeons here every day in the winter.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 08:06 AM
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If you live near Ottawa, there is a wild bird sanctuary that would take him:


sorry, just saw you're in Hamilton...but maybe if you called this centre they could direct you to someone closer to home?
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