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Old January 6th, 2012, 01:24 PM
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Pigeons with THREAD (?) wrapped between their toes/feet

Hey everyone,

For the past few years I've been playing vet, catching pigeons i see who are hobbling, and cutting thread off from around their toes, in between, wrapped their feet, etc... today i had an hour long operation on some good little guy!



I'm talking around 1-2%.. that's a heck of a lot of pigeons with black thread around their toes. It's either aliens, pigeons traps, or uhhh.... morgellons?
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Old January 6th, 2012, 10:35 PM
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Good question! Bless your heart for taking the time and effort to help them!
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Old January 7th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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Light weight thread like that using for sewing clothes? Or a bit heavier like that found in a mist net? I wonder if someone near you has a mist net up for some reason? Can't imagine pigeons breaking out of a mist net though. Very weird. Have heard of the fishing line problem but does it come in black?

Thank you for taking care of them.
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Old January 7th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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what's a mist net?

The threat looks the same everywhere I see it.. basic clothing threat in my opinion, I do know it's common here to put lining up around balconies to avoid the pigeons from congregating, but i can't understand how it would be possible for the threat to become so so so intertwined an so so so often.. my guess is 1-2% of our pigeons have wrapped feet.

What is a mist net? And where should I look for one?
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Old January 7th, 2012, 01:06 PM
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I read about mist nets and feel this could in fact be the issue, thank you I will keep my eye out for a mist net in the area and god help those who have erected one.
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Old January 7th, 2012, 01:43 PM
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The mesh of a mist net isn't made of single threads, but of very fine threads sort of twisted together, and there would be delicate knots every few cms securing the vertical and horizontal threads at the intersections. Here's a pic from one of our banding sessions this year:

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It's illegal to leave a mist net up unattended and they're pretty expensive so they're usually not abandoned. If what you're seeing are just threads with no knots, then it's likely not a mist net. If it matches the material in that pic, though, I hope you can find out who's left one out, because it's a death trap to smaller birds!!
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