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Fostering a Pigeon for the night

 
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Jun 04, 2017 19:32 |  #1

Totally random day. Went to play Ultimate Frisbee, and arrived to find a Pigeon that was hanging around the field we play at. Tried to schoo it off, but no matter how far we got it from us, it would fly back into the middle of our group, interrupting play :lol: It was hot outside, I gave it some water.


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Afterwards, we bid the bird farewell, and I went home. I got to thinking that a wild pigeon would have flown off in fear, no way would it have let us handle it. There was no band on its leg, so it wasn't a registered homing or racing bird. It was very nicely groomed. I live way out from a city area, and have never seen a pigeon out here. Most of all it liked being around people. No way that was a wild bird, it more than likely belonged to someone.

The area we play UF in is rather wooded, and I have regularly seen hawks there. I felt bad that I was just leaving it out there to fend for itself. I read up on the county's Animal Control and bird rehab centers, trying to see if there was somewhere I could take the bird to, but being a Sunday everything is closed. So, I went back to the field and found the pigeon. It had flown up to another soccer field where people were watching a match, again trying to hang out with people. Gently corralled it into a box with mesh top for ventilation, and brought it home.

So, I have a foster guest for the evening :-P Fed it some good bird seed, gave it more water, and right now it's falling asleep sitting on my wife's shoulder; poor little fellow is tuckered out. Tomorrow, I intend on taking it to a bird rehab center (not animal control, they'll probably euthanize).

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I'm reading more on pigeons as pets, and it seems that it's not that crazy of a thing. Hopefully I can find the owner.

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Jun 05, 2017 01:02 |  #2

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Totally random day. Went to play Ultimate Frisbee, and arrived to find a Pigeon that was hanging around the field we play at. Tried to schoo it off, but no matter how far we got it from us, it would fly back into the middle of our group, interrupting play :lol: It was hot outside, I gave it some water.


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Afterwards, we bid the bird farewell, and I went home. I got to thinking that a wild pigeon would have flown off in fear, no way would it have let us handle it. There was no band on its leg, so it wasn't a registered homing or racing bird. It was very nicely groomed. I live way out from a city area, and have never seen a pigeon out here. Most of all it liked being around people. No way that was a wild bird, it more than likely belonged to someone.

The area we play UF in is rather wooded, and I have regularly seen hawks there. I felt bad that I was just leaving it out there to fend for itself. I read up on the county's Animal Control and bird rehab centers, trying to see if there was somewhere I could take the bird to, but being a Sunday everything is closed. So, I went back to the field and found the pigeon. It had flown up to another soccer field where people were watching a match, again trying to hang out with people. Gently corralled it into a box with mesh top for ventilation, and brought it home.

So, I have a foster guest for the evening :-P Fed it some good bird seed, gave it more water, and right now it's falling asleep sitting on my wife's shoulder; poor little fellow is tuckered out. Tomorrow, I intend on taking it to a bird rehab center (not animal control, they'll probably euthanize).

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I'm reading more on pigeons as pets, and it seems that it's not that crazy of a thing. Hopefully I can find the owner.

It's not banded (people who race them also band them--I've found and returned a few). You may have a new pet. If I were closer I would adopt it. Mine are really friendly too. You could always build it a pen, and get it a buddy...


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Jun 05, 2017 04:39 |  #3

Well, the wife really likes her despite the poop. I told her that we're going to find the owner or an adoptive family, as I already have a dog and cat to care for. Before I knew it, wife was looking at bird cages on Craigslist, and tips on caring for wayward birds :love: Oh, and her new name is Pepper.


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Jun 05, 2017 20:26 |  #4

Day 2

So I called Montgomery County Animal Control, and they said that they receive a good number of calls about lost pigeons. Most of the time the birds get tired of flying, and land somewhere to chill/recover. Basically, Animal Control just end up letting them go because the pigeons know where home is.

I don't want to keep the bird, and intend on letting it free once the weather clears up (rain in the forecast for the next few days). So, I made some modifications to her "cage" so that she wasn't sitting on the floor in her excrement.


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And it'd be remiss if I didn't take at least one decent photo of her :-)


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Jun 05, 2017 21:09 |  #5

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Day 2I made some modifications to her "cage" so that she wasn't sitting on the floor in her excrement.

Right. Birds need perches in any case, for the health of their feet.


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