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Found a Sick or Injured Pigeon? Here's What to Do (and Not to Do)

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What should I do if I find a sick or injured pigeon? Should I try to help or not?

What should I do if I find a sick or injured pigeon? Should I try to help or not?

Pigeons—you either love them or hate them. I personally find them super cute. Have you ever watched pigeons walking down the street? They look like they're wearing little knickers. It's adorable.

What to Do With an Injured Pigeon

The next time you come across an injured pigeon, please think twice about helping it. Before you intervene, make sure that your help is really necessary. If it becomes clear that you are the pigeon's only hope, here are some steps you can take to make sure your response doesn't make the situation worse:

  1. Pick up the bird and place it in a box or cage. A cage made for guinea pigs works well.
  2. Place the cage in a warm, dark area to calm the bird, which is probably very scared and in pain.
  3. Prepare an electrolyte solution: Warm a cup of water, add a pinch of salt and sugar, and stir to dissolve. When the water is lukewarm, pour it into a deep cup, and offer it to the bird. Pigeons drink water by sucking, using their beaks as a straw.
  4. Don't try to feed it at this time. It needs to be rehydrated first.
  5. If you have a warming pad, place it in the cage or box. Place an old towel over the warming pad and set it on low.
  6. Check the pigeon for obvious signs of injury: drooping wing, blood, visible cuts.
  7. If the bird is drinking and seems to be doing okay, you can provide seeds if you have them. Wild bird seed is fine in a pinch. Pigeons love safflower seeds and unpopped popcorn. They can also be fed the smaller millet seed, a basic component in wild bird food.
  8. If the bird is not eating, he will need immediate help. Pigeons have a high metabolism and need to eat often.
  9. The Humane Society recommends contacting the closest licensed wildlife rehabilitation center in your area.

Common Pigeon Injuries

A Pigeon With a Broken Wing

A pigeon with a broken wing is usually unable to fly. Sometimes the wing is drooping or dragging. Occasionally there is blood or protruding bone.

Maybe the pigeon was clipped by a car, had a close encounter with a cat, or high winds threw it against the side of a building. In some cases, a veterinarian can repair the wing, but often times the pigeon will be handicapped for life.

A Pigeon With a Pellet Gun Wound

With this type of wound, you would notice a hole in the pigeon. This wound should be examined for possible infection by a vet. The bird will probably also need antibiotics.

A Pigeon With a Broken Foot

You'll often see pigeons with mangled feet. They often get tangled in fishing wire or other loose string. This is very dangerous for the pigeon because it can cut circulation to the foot and cause infection.

Do Pigeons Carry Diseases, and Will They Make Me Sick?

Unfortunately, pigeons fall victim to many misconceptions and misinformation. Many believe, for instance, that pigeons carry diseases that are communicable to humans. This is simply untrue according to Nicole Benson, an animal advocate who has rescued dozens of pigeons and has never come down with a disease.

"These misconceptions are put out there by pest control companies who want your business," she says. "While there are a few diseases that a pigeon may carry (such as salmonella), it is far more likely that we will infect a pigeon with one of the diseases that we carry."

What Should You Do If You Find a Baby Pigeon?

Tending a baby bird is not an easy task. Like any newborn, a baby pigeon will need a lot of help. Don't immediately pick up the bird and assume that you can figure out what to do. It's best for the bird if you enlist the help of experts. In this situation, the Humane Society recommends contacting the closest licensed wildlife rehabilitation center. If you find a baby bird outside its nest, read What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird—Helping Wildlife for more information.

Should you bring sick pigeons into your home?

Should you bring sick pigeons into your home?

What If the Pigeon Dies?

Don't be discouraged if you take a pigeon into your care but are unable to save the bird's life. Not all pigeons can be saved. You did your best by providing the pigeon with a safe, warm place.

Why Are There Suddenly So Many Pigeons?

If you are flummoxed by an increase in pigeons around your home, don't take drastic measures like hiring an exterminator or using a pellet gun. The birds' sudden arrival is most likely the result of an increase in food. Once the source of food is eliminated, the pigeons will leave. One humane solution for keeping pigeons at bay involves putting a reflective material that will move with the breeze on your roof. The motion and reflection may discourage the birds from landing.

Should I Glue Cowboy Hats to Pigeons' Heads?

The internet is enamored by a video meme featuring pigeons in cowboy hats. The ruggedly handsome birds first showed up on the mean streets of Las Vegas during National Finals Rodeo. It may sound like a funny visual, but it's also a cruel prank. Pigeon advocate Mariah Hillman told Audubon magazine the hats were inhumanely glued to the pigeons' heads. The hats also likely impaired the birds' 340-degree field of view, making it difficult to navigate their surroundings and fly.

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In other words, no, you should not glue a cowboy hat (or any other object) to a pigeon's head. A pigeon is a living creature, not an art project.

How to Help Sick or Wounded Pigeons

  • Visit The Pigeon Forum to post about your bird. The people on this forum are helpful and can assist you in finding a vet and getting medicine or connect you with a rehabber in your area who can walk you through saving the bird's life.
  • Get in touch with Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions, an organization that rehabilitates and re-homes injured pigeons, to ask for help.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


Lorna Catt on July 17, 2020:

My cat brought PIGeon in and I think its wing is broken - what should I do? He is a little injured elsewhere. I have him in a box in the shed quiet at the moment

TinaE13 on July 13, 2020:

Looking for help / information pertaining to an injured pigeon that I found hobbling in the middle of a very busy road under an overpass. The oncoming vehicle was not slowing down as the pigeon was franticly trying to get across the street. The pigeon just made it to the dividing line in the middle of the road. The car was so close to hitting the poor little thing that the wind from their car knocked the bird over a bit. I immediately stopped traffic and wrapped the injured pigeon iny shirt and cuddled it securely against my chest. This was about a week ago. The pigeon is eating and drinking. I believe it's foot was injured due to its inability to put weight on it. The wings appear to be fine but I'm not sure how to be sure the pigeon is properly healed enough for release. It is staying in my daughter's bedroom where it's quite and safe from our other pets. I have a cat cubby that it has access to but prefers to sit behind a large arm chair. Is there anyway I can safely see if the pigeon is rehabilitated enough to be released? We have tried to limit our contact with the bird in order to keep it "wild". Needless to say, I care for this little bird and want what's best for it. Any suggestions or information would be sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time, best wishes and keep healthy. Take Care.

Nolan S Backscheider on May 29, 2020:

I find lots of pigeons on the street that cant fly but I think that its because they are quite obese.

Jurij Gricnik on October 10, 2019:

I have just found a pigeon on the street in front of my house, he was sitting at the side of the road with one eye drooping out and hanging, it can still fly if it needs to but prefers to walk, I'm not sure what to do, it also looks sickish.

Nightowl827 on September 18, 2019:

I found a pigeon. His neck keeps twisting. He also can't walk or fly. What can i do to help this bird. I have no money

mattlisasmith on August 17, 2019:

I found a pigeon in my yard with a protruding bone or something on his back by the wing. Will he recover and what should I do?

Sebintoshit on July 24, 2019:

Theirs a pidgin sat on my fish pod I thought he was just having a nap but he let me touch him & I got a bit weirded out he tried to move & he was struggling he fell onto the garden floor & he was dragging himself so he can't fly it looks like he has something wrong with his foot & he has a kinda battered up feathers and idk what to do

Wendy Chidgey on October 27, 2018:

Hi I have an injured pigeon,been walking and taking shelter In my garden but I have two dogs. I have been feedin it bird seed and water is available. It’s wing has a slight droop.its vulnerable as there’s a cat next door and a bird of prey frequently visits us,where could I take it please I live south west cornwall in Hayle?.

Shaira on October 23, 2018:

Found a pigeon has a hole next to it wing but isnt a pellet gun wound what should i do

Aayush on October 19, 2018:

What can i do if a pigeon have a wond in his wings as well as in body and wond is bleeding

Mike on October 16, 2018:

Have PIGEON in the back yard that apparently can't fly much. It seems to be able to fly just enough to keep out of the reach of the cats. Trying to keep the cats away but it is difficult. If I can cath it, where should I take it?

Lisa stead on October 13, 2018:

Hi i have just found an injerd pigion a kestral had him he has a hole in his neck chest area hes now inside in a warm box dark place can i do anything more

Clarissa in downtown asks.... on October 10, 2018:

Where should i take a pidgeon who hurt its wing? To the local animal shelter?

Michael Anderson on October 07, 2018:

I found a pigeon he is hurt I don’t know what happened he is only walking on one leg and won’t flap the other leg what do I do to help him

Bob on October 06, 2018:

My dog has hurt a pigion and we have not bird stuff how do we take care of a hurt pigeon

Grace on September 25, 2018:

What doe sit mean if your play geom flaps only one wing

Tammy O'keeffe on September 02, 2018:

Hi there i have found what seems to be a baby pigeon in my garden, i have tried to look around for a nest and the parents.

Couldnt locate the nest there are a couple of adult pigeons around but they are not taking any notice of the little one.

Its not scared or hurt in any way but keeps trying to fly im almost certain its a baby that hasnt learnt to fly yet....

I have cats so as much as i want to bring the little one in im worried that my cats will try to eat him...

I cant see any injuries but right now he is hiding behind my bin wonderig what i should do

alisha on August 31, 2018:

Found pigeon stuck in garden checked under wings feet can't see injury. No blood. Beak looks so dehydrated aged.

After hour I did box water electrolytes and seeds. Worried cat would get it . It's scared especially when my dog barked at it . It stopped once I told him. Looked up rescue centres first. Got no car health bad mine. It seems comfortable in box. Wondered if it's in labour. Looks bit fat . Any tips

Chrissy on July 23, 2018:

I saved a pigeon from our garden by climbing under a tree through nettles and brambles she could run but can't fly I think she has a Broken wing but am not sure what are signs of a broken wing ?

Kaioh on July 06, 2018:

I accidentaly punched a pigeon with a bottle while feeding them, it flew directly into the bottle's edge.

He staggered a bit and didn't eat with the other pigeons. Minutes later he flew away to a second floor, kept a bit staggered and then flew away.

I'm worried for him. Will he be ok? No evidences of injury but he did look staggered

DZap on April 25, 2018:

Tdavis -- google if there is a bird rescue centre near your area that you can take him to? They often take in birds for free. For now, try to give him some water to drink by dipping your finger in water and then touching his beak. He should start to drink after a while.

Tdavis on April 25, 2018:

I found a pigeon. His neck keeps twisting. He also can't walk or fly. What can i do to help this bird. I have no money.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on April 18, 2018:

Good luck!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on April 18, 2018:

If you're still seeking help, try reaching out to the Palomacy Page on Facebook. Someone may have an answer.

Isa on April 14, 2018:

Hello, I rescued a Rock Dove on my street. She has a drooping wing and crippled toes. I took her into my home in a cardboard box, fed her seeds and gave her water. The next day, I call the wildlife rehab.(Hope for wildlife) and a volunteer picked her up on the same day.

Now I am waiting for news about her condition. Hopefully she makes it.

Hari on April 03, 2018:

I got one injured pigeon on Sunday evening, he was not able to fly, but walking properly, and was having water also,today till evening he was ok, but now he started opening his mouth continuously, what can be the reason for that,

Jimmy on March 15, 2018:

Also, where I live, nobody is going to go to your house to rescue your pigeon, unfortunately. You need to capture your pigeon and bring them in. Some people use a sheet or towel, but I'm not very good at that. Food, a giant cardboard box, a prop, and some string can work, and my local shelter lets you borrow cat traps for free. You should be able to bring the pigeon to you by feeding closer and closer to you.

Jimmy on March 15, 2018:

I wanted to warn people that if you can't find a wildlife or bird rehabilitator, and instead raise the baby pigeon yourself, you shouldn't release them or let them outside. They don't know how to survive and usually die within several months. If you want to let your bird outside, you should build an aviary. Even a cage firmly attached to a rear window can provide sunshine and safety, although I can't guarantee the pigeon will be impressed. Some do survive the indoor-outdoor life for over a decade, so it can be done, but you really have to know what you're doing (or be very lucky).

Also buy a loud whistle, a soft whistle, and a flashlight, and teach your pigeon a special song. If your pigeon ever escapes your home (too many sad stories like this), you can play your special song and shine a light in sync to help guide your pigeon home.

Sharon on March 06, 2018:

I have a injured pigeon in my garden .it is his wing. He walks around garden all day living under my conifer tree.

He is eating well as I put food out for him every day. I live in Colchester. Is there anyway I can get someone to come here and help him .hopefully they will be able to get him well so he can fly again

Many thanks

Sharon on November 28, 2017:

Late March, my husband Pablo was outside with a tiny baby pigeon who fell on the ground. It was in front of our dr Clinic. On the way home we stop by our vet (we have 2 large rescued dogs and 1 cat). Our vet said nothing was broken but the feral pigeon was very young. We took him home start go feed him with a syringe and kept him in warm towel on my chest a lot. We r both chef, I am retired, our new baby started walking around and saw him picking on soft dog food. So I chopped some finely and he loves it besides putting grain and corn in the blender. To make it short my husband built high wide shelves. extra room that had French door and a large window looking a pine trees. Siegy is his name he is a rock pigeon , beautiful, so loving, free, he follows the dogs outside flies around and I am there or my husband. Got pigeon pants. I love him so much and he is always close to us. What a smart beautiful creature he is. We go upstairs st night and he goes to his room and sleep. Sometimes he takes a nap on my chest just like when he was a baby. Gave him warm bath and wrapped him in a warm towel and he He also takes bath on his own in his room. Pigeon are amazing , intelligent and very family minded. Each day, at 7:40 pm, dogs, cat and Siegy wait in front of the foot for Papa to come home. My friends were chocked when I told them that we had a pigeon but frankly I never lesson to other mixed opinions about animals. My neighbor loves my Siegy. My pigeon is a joy.❤️

Leilani on November 01, 2017:

My dad found a pigeon today, he was hit by a car and stunned, he seemed to perk up a bit later and we tried to set him free but he can't fly and he is also leaning forward.

Adhir Johri on October 15, 2017:

I have found a pigeon with its back claw on the right leg injured. It is unable to balance properly and stays tilted to the left. I have bandaged it's claw. Please help me treat it back to normalcy.

Lyn Clelland on August 25, 2017:

We have an injured pidgeon that has survived an attack by a bigger bird. It has a hole in its lower back. Have put it in a cardboard box with a cloth, water and bread. I managed to get it to drink a fair amount of water. Have just read that it needs sugar & salt in the water to rehydrate it and that it likes unpopped popcorn. Will try that. Even laid my hands on him & asked God to heal him.

nurdeen on July 24, 2017:

Evey day pigeon come inside my room fly from window to the top of the cupboard. I dont know what comes in her mind flew up to the cieling fan.. Bang.. loud noice and pigi fall on the ground. So i pick her up seem like blade torn off feathers from body and an injured. Pigeon can walk. but one side of the wings chopped away .

I put ice cube on his leg where trace of blood. I want to know what are the home remedies.

Here is the picture of the queen.

How much time will it take her to recover

Lara on June 15, 2017:

Found a pigeon. Looks like a pellet gun wound. Couldn't get the guinea pig cage out. Used the hamster cage instead. Wasn't sure what to do. I can't find emergency vet. Found this page very helpful.

Maria on March 05, 2017:

After reading this article. It had changed my view of the. The thing is that they are ruining my roof. I wanted to poison them. But thank goodness for this article, I won't. I can't afford for them to continue damaging my house. I have tried everything to discourage them. But nothing has worked. There are about 800 pigeons on my roof

Janelle Iandoli on January 12, 2017:

is there a way to contact Nicole Benson? A friend of mine found this article and thought that it was me.

I have had a string live for pigeons my entire life, I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, animal advocate and pigeon finatic. I live in Toronto Ontario and I am Nicole Bensons twin and I also love pigeons. It is scary. Really scary! I just sent the picture of Nicole in this article to my mother, and a few friends and it blew their minds. I would to send her a picture of me with my pigeons! This is a great article, thank you for writing it!

Claire Hogan on October 10, 2016:

I've rescued a pigeon. No obvious signs of injury. Checked feet seems unsteady on them. Wings seem fine. Took him home placed in a large hamster cage. I have bird food. Now what.!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.

Amandeep Singh on August 15, 2016:

Hey everyone! I need some urgent help! I have come across an injured pigeon with a broken wing. He seems to be in pain. I have kept him in a box and given him some water. If anyone has some useful advice please help ASAP!

Darren B on June 29, 2016:

Found a pigeon that was being mauled by a local cat in the Lowestoft area, the pigeon has a drooping wing & can't seem to fly any suggestions for helping appreciated.

Richard Lindsay from California on March 30, 2016:

This is a great post with good info for pigeon owners. As well as just those that run across injured pigeons.

Moriah on July 17, 2015:

I found a pigeon on the side of the road with a gash in a droopy wing. It's survived 3 days & seems to be improving but I'm still finding blood spots on paper towel in the bottom of the box & wing is able to move but droopy with a larger gap from body than when found. No resources for help & I don't want to kill it like most have suggested. All my research so far advises wrapping the wing but I want to do the best thing & not cause more harm. Any suggestions

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on December 10, 2012:

@twilightpigonchic Google Pigeon Talk, it's an online forum where you can find help.

twilightpigonchic on December 09, 2012:

i found this pigon nest 4 week ago with egs right

they hatched 2 died and the mother never came back so when i whent to check on it it was on the ground and i brought it inside and really am worring about it could u please help me

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on September 25, 2012:

@JoAnn - Don't euthanize! The pigeon can still be very happy. As my pigeon expert friend Nicole tells me, pigeons are good pets who can be content in a cage (like something made for a guinea pig or a rabbit). Add a mirror because they actually have facial recognition and they can be very vain! Also, there are some rescuers who are looking for a mate for their non flight pigeon. You may be able to find on on Pigeon Talk, an online forum.

JoAnn on September 25, 2012:

I found a pigeon with a broken wing that isn't healing well at 5 weeks. I have to make a decision to euthanize him or have him live a life in a cage in my hallway that seems like a life without quality for the pigeon. He's not in pain but doesn't can't enjoy life in a NYC apartment. Can he be happy in a cage or should I just euthanize him at the vet?

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 07, 2012:

Voted up and awesome. When I did volunteer rehab work in DE, I cared for many a pigeon. Young ones(including Mourning Doves), are basically the same. They want to be held and cuddled if you will do it. They are very gregarious. People fear what they don't understand, many times. I have never met a bad bird, only a handful that were afraid and did their best to protect themselves.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on May 07, 2012:

I've saved a couple of pigeons (and a crow) on the streets of Paris where I live and I'm amazed at people's reactions, either for or against. I've often found that people's loathing of pigeons is projective in nature.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on April 03, 2012:

@Mike Are you interested in relocating them?

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on April 02, 2012:

@Wasteless Project I would love to read your story!

Wasteless Project from Worldwide on April 02, 2012:

Thank you for this beautiful post - I recently had a surprising pigeon experience in my life, too - since then I am a pigeon-lover:) I think it's worth sharing this story with you people as soon as I find the time to write about it!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on April 01, 2012:

@Thadrok Ha! They do indeed.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on April 01, 2012:

@ImaSurvivor74 Definitely do it. I can't wait to read it!

Thadrok from Portland, OR on April 01, 2012:

Immensely interesting while at the same time completely random! I like pigeon's they make funny sounds.

ImaSurvivor74 from Upstate NY on March 27, 2012:

Great to see another bird lover/rescuer. I find myself always advocating for the crows against the misconceptions as well. You have given me the motivation to maybe hub about the misunderstood crow.

Kingbell from Chennai, India on March 27, 2012:

@Lyn.Stewart : I will try the netting idea, since alezafree also agrees with you.

AnnaCia on March 26, 2012:

Very nice hub. Thank you for the information.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@Gemini Fox I am excited to hear that! Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Gemini Fox on March 26, 2012:

Good hub! I have to admit that although I really love animals, I, too, thought that pigeons carried diseases and were more vermin than wild bird, so to speak. But your hub changed all that! Will never look at them the same way again. Thank you!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@melbel I wonder that too. they have similar body structures (not just the whole both being birds thing, but the whole shape of their body and how their head and neck are attached). I am curious. I will have to look into that!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@TwilightDream Thanks. I agree with @Lyn.Stewart's advice. Good luck!!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@Lyn.Stewart Great advice! Thank you for jumping in!!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@Nettlemere That is awesome! You sound like a very caring person!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@susanc01 I loved your hub. Those pictures made my day!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@Brainy Bunny I appreciate your honesty. I will need to do some research on pigeon nests. I know they do sometimes nest on people's roofs, and that can be problematic for the homeowners.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

Thank you @moonlake

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@geetika iyer Thank you! I absolutely feel you on this. I watched Nicole help a pigeon in need once and it really hit me hard that I had walked past injured pigeons in the past without a thought. It really changed me.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

Thanks @LGrey! Your pigeon loft sounds cool!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@vespawoolf Thank you! It warms my heart to hear you helped the pigeon recover.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@Liz21 Yes! And they apparently recognize their own reflections too which is pretty cool!

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 26, 2012:

@Moon Daisy I know I just love how the babies are so fluffy!

Melanie Palen from Midwest, USA on March 26, 2012:

Awww, not I feel bad for the babies. You've really changed my mind about them. I know next to nothing about pigeons, but they look seagull-y to me, which makes me wonder if they are related.

Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on March 26, 2012:

TwilightDream ... you ould always put some netting over half your garden so you can finally grow something and let the pigeons have the other half.

Great hub I have had to catch a pigeon to cut string which was so tight it was cutting into the birds toes and foot which looked really fat and deformed. I saved all but one toe.

Kingbell from Chennai, India on March 26, 2012:

Nice hub for bird lovers. Yes. Pigeons are very smart bird. We do have lot of them around my home. They eat the seeds from my home garden every night. Even though their poops are good fertilizer, once they eat away the seeds, my dream of gardening goes off. Since I am also a bird lover, I watch for them every morning. It becomes my great relaxation.

Congrats for 'Hub of the day'. Keep writing!

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 26, 2012:

Very pleased to read about pigeons, I hand reared a collared dove once and for many years had an ex racing pigeon who'd been handed into my local vets with its foot shot off.

Melissa Spicer from Kentucky on March 26, 2012:

Thank you for the hub, fellow bird lover! Very informative and an excellent read, voted UP!

Please take a minute to check out my hub on the nest of baby birds that we photgraphed in our yard in Kentucky over the course of a several weeks in the spring of 2011.

moonlake from America on March 26, 2012:

I was so glad that you got hub of the day. This is a great hub. Congratulations

Brainy Bunny from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on March 26, 2012:

I'm not a fan of pigeons, but I have always wanted to see what baby pigeons look like, so thanks for the photos. Any ideas where pigeons nest? I've seen plenty of other birds's nests, but never pigeons (and I used to live in NY, so I have had plenty of pigeon encounters!).

geetika iyer from India on March 26, 2012:

Great hub! Its really heart warming to see that you have not only felt the pain of these neglected creatures but have managed through your hub to include others in this deed. I swallowed hard after reading this;I was daunted by my own strange eye towards pigeons and the fact that I should have tried to help them. Never too late. Will remember this hub forever as the constant reminder to "live and let live and once in a while lend a helping hand"!

LGrey from Alabama on March 26, 2012:

What a great hub! I love pigeons too. I just came in from my pigeon loft. They are such smart beautiful creatures. Really enjoyed reading this.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 26, 2012:

This information is so timely. Just yesterday a pigeon flew into a window and was stunned. Fortuntely, it recovered in about an hour after resting in a box. I agree that pigeons are super cute, and I had no idea they like unpopped popcorn. Congratulations on HOTD!

albin pius on March 26, 2012:

nice.bird lovers will love this

Moon Daisy from London on March 26, 2012:

Nice pigeon hub! I live in London where there are lots of pigeons, (although I know they are just everywhere), but I have never seen a baby pigeon. I have often wondered what they looked like. So thank you for that! They look very cute and scraggly, a bit like turkeys.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 14, 2012:

@grandmapearl Thank you for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the Hub and the fuzzy pigeons.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on March 14, 2012:

@drsteffan I am sorry about your experience.

drsteffan from Ottawa, Canada on March 10, 2012:

oh gud, nice hub, but I question that it is grounded into scientific evidence. Let me tell you my problem plz, I live in a 12 story appartment building with big balcony. On my 8 floor balcony congregate over 20 pigeons EVERY night no matter the season. They accumulate their droppings all over the balcony about 1/2 inch high that is very smelly especially in the summer at 35 C. The first time I wanted to clean I went in to respiratory arrest and paramedics had to bring me back to life. Now you tell me of the benefits and cuteness of pigeons. They are NOT cute to me but a constant danger to my life. YOU TELL ME WHAT SHOULD I DO??? Doctor Steffan Carden, Ottawa, Canada

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on March 10, 2012:

Hi alezafree! I loved this Hub! You and I share a love for wild birds. I live in a rural area, but frequently have a flock of mourning doves that visit regularly. There's about 7 of them that work under my bird feeders looking for fallen seeds. Love to hear their soft cooing. The baby pigeons in your article are so cute and fuzzy! I love the colors of pigeons; so iridescent and pretty. I'm glad to know how to take care of an injured bird like this, should I come across one at some point. Very good Hub. Voted Up, Interesting and Useful, and am now following.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on February 22, 2012:

@SimoneSmith Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I used to live in the San Francisco area, and boy do I miss it. When I lived in Sausalito, the pigeons were a bit overwhelming at times. I used to see people kicking them (well, trying at least)! At one point there were mass pigeon deaths on Bridgeway, and my friend (a fellow newspaper editor in town) suspected poisoning. As for your question, I am guessing that the deformed pigeon feet you see are indeed broken, or were injured, and never properly healed. Amazingly, many pigeons can adjust to this injury and learn to walk again, or even hop. In fact, Nicole (who I quoted in this article) has a one-legged pigeon -- aptly named Hoppy -- that she rehabilitated.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on February 22, 2012:

This is such an amazing Hub, alezafree! I will admit I'm not the biggest fan of pigeons, but my opinion of them has changed after reading your Hub. It's interesting to know that broken feet amongst pigeons are more common in areas where there is fishing. Are deformed pigeon feet (something I see often in San Francisco) a result of broken feet as well? Or is it something else?

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on February 17, 2012:

@DonnaCosmato Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading.

Donna Cosmato from USA on February 17, 2012:

Interesting article with lots of good tips.

Aleza Freeman (author) from Las Vegas, NV on February 17, 2012:

Thanks @moonlake. Birds of a feather...

moonlake from America on February 16, 2012:

I love pigeons too. People have forgotten how useful they were during WW1 and WW2 carrying messages. To me their like any other bird. Enjoyed your hub.

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