Plight of the Pigeon: Common Injuries, Misconceptions, and Ways to Heal Our Feathered Friends

Updated on April 19, 2018
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Aleza Freeman is a freelance writer living in the desert with her husband, son, fluffy cat, snoring dog, and the occasional spider.

Only a few weeks old above, pigeons Bizzy Bee, Chunky Monkey and Baby will be turning 4 years old next month. The pigeons' parents were rescued by animal advocate Nicole Benson, and the eggs were laid while in her care.
Only a few weeks old above, pigeons Bizzy Bee, Chunky Monkey and Baby will be turning 4 years old next month. The pigeons' parents were rescued by animal advocate Nicole Benson, and the eggs were laid while in her care. | Source

Pigeons. You either love them or hate them. Just ask someone . . . anyone . . . and you're sure to get a "coop" full.

I personally think that pigeons are super cute. Have you ever watched a pigeon walking away down the street? They look like they're wearing little knickers. It's adorable!

Unfortunately, pigeons often fall victim to 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."

Pigeons, she adds, are very smart birds, who have been used in times of war to save troops. The birds worked as couriers to deliver critical messages.

Benson has worked with pigeons suffering from a variety of ailments and describes them as sweet birds with fun personalities.

"I have been coo'd too, danced for, wing slapped, pooped on and cried for," she says. "The young ones will see you as their momma or pappa. Then as they become adolescents, they will become more independent, much like human teenagers, sometimes exerting their will, but also wanting your love. As adults, they settle down with a mate for life and share parenting duties."

I have personally watched her coax an injured pigeon out of the street and into her arms.

"I can't understand why you would leave one there if you have the ability to help," she explains. "I mean, if I came across an injured grackle or mockingbird, I would have no idea how to help them, but I think that I would still try."

One of the challenges Benson faced early on was finding a vet who was friendly to wild birds. Many vets won't even look at a pigeon, while others provided subpar care or just opt for the easy fix: euthanasia.

Nicole's Pigeon-Care Tips

Benson with one of her pets.
Benson with one of her pets. | Source

The next time you come across an injured pigeon, please think twice about helping him. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Pick up the bird and place him in a box or cage. A cage made for guinea pigs works well.
  • Place his cage in a warm, dark area to calm him. He's probably very scared and in pain.
  • While he is in the quiet, safe area, prepare an electrolyte solution: Warm a cup of water. Add a pinch of salt and sugar, making sure it dissolves. When the water is lukewarm, pour it into a deep cup. Pigeons drink water by sucking, using their beaks as a straw.
  • Don't try to feed him at this time. He needs to be rehydrated first.
  • If you have a warming pad, you can place it in his cage or box, and place a towel over it (maybe an old dishtowel). Set the pad on low.
  • Check the pigeon for obvious signs of injury: Drooping wing, bleeding, cuts.
  • Watch for pigeon droppings. These often serve as an indicator of what is ailing the bird.
  • If the bird is drinking and seems to be doing OK, after a while you can provide the bird with seeds, if you have them. Wild bird seed is fine in a pinch.
  • Pigeons love safflower seed and unpopped popcorn, both of which can be found at a grocery store or other market. They should also be given the smaller millet seed, a basic component in wild bird food.
  • If the bird is not eating, he will need immediate help. Pigeons have a high metabolism and need to eat often.

Some Common Pigeon Injuries

Bizzy Bee, Chunky Monkey and Baby, just a few weeks old.
Bizzy Bee, Chunky Monkey and Baby, just a few weeks old. | Source
  • Broken Wing: A pigeon with a broken wing is usually unable to fly. Sometimes the wing is drooping or dragging. Occasionally there is bleeding or a protruding bone. Causes vary from the pigeon getting clipped by a car, a close encounter with a cat, even high winds that throw them against the side of a building. In some cases a vet can repair the wing, but often times the pigeon is handicapped for life.

  • Pellet Gun Wound: With this type of wound, you would notice a hole in the pigeon. The wound should be examined for possible infection by a vet. The bird will probably need antibiotics, regardless.

  • Broken Feet: More common in areas where there are fishermen. The pigeons' feet can become tangled in fishing wire or other loose string. This is very dangerous for the pigeon because it can cut circulation to the foot and become badly infected. Also applies to other types of birds hanging out near fishermen.

Pigeon Do's

Lexie and Domino, parents to the three babies.
Lexie and Domino, parents to the three babies. | Source
  • Visit The Pigeon Forum and add a post about your bird. The people on this forum are helpful and can assist you in finding a vet, getting meds, or connect you with a rehabber in your area who can walk you through saving the bird's life.
  • Visit the Palomacy Facebook page to ask for help with an injured pigeon.
  • Read 21 amazing facts about pigeons.

Pigeon Dont's

Pigeons hanging out on a dove cote in the university town of Tübingen, Germany.
Pigeons hanging out on a dove cote in the university town of Tübingen, Germany. | Source
  • Don't be discouraged if you take a pigeon into your care but you're unable to save the bird's life. Not all pigeons can be saved. "You did what you could," says Benson, "and, at the very least, provided the pigeon with a safe, warm place."
  • If you are flummoxed by an increase in pigeons around your home, don't take drastic measures like hiring an exterminator or shooting 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. "The pigeons will eat the seeds in your yard, then move on," says Benson. "It's that or deal with weeds later. Besides, their poop is the best fertilizer -- full of nitrogen!" One solution for keeping pigeons at bay involves putting a reflective material that will move with the breeze on your roof. The motion and reflection will discourage the birds from landing.

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        Aayush 

        2 days ago

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

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        Mike 

        4 days ago

        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?

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        Lisa stead 

        7 days ago

        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

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        Clarissa in downtown asks.... 

        10 days ago

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

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        Michael Anderson 

        13 days ago

        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

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        Bob 

        2 weeks ago

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

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        Grace 

        3 weeks ago

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

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        Tammy O'keeffe 

        6 weeks ago

        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

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        alisha 

        7 weeks ago

        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

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        Colonel Fabien 

        2 months ago

        Hi Ms. Aleza Freeman and all pet lovers, I hope somebody among you will be able to help me out with this.

        We had a sudden but short storm on Thursday, 26 July 2018, which included some hail, some very small and some as big as a golf ball.

        I found a hurt pigeon in the street in pretty bad form, with a wing/shoulder apparently dislocated, and also a neck injury (its neck is not straight any more). One of its eyes is quite swollen and the other one not as much, but still. A case of pretty bad luck!

        I took it home with me, dried its feathers with a hair dryer at the lowest heat and at a safe distance (20 cm or so) and putit in a shoe box with some soft scarfs to make it feel as comfortable as possible. I've been using a Q-tip (cotton tige) soaked in fresh water to very delicatedly refresh/calm its swollen eyes, but most importantly to run it along its beck to try to get it some hydratation. Its beck its obstinatedly shut up, except when it feels threatened and panicks, trying to escape from me (when I try to force it to drink water or eat the tiny bread crumbs).

        The pigeon spends most of its time just sleeping by, with only some very occasional activity when it tries to either walk or fly free from the shoe box. However, b/c of the hail impacts it received, its balance is completely f...d up and its always landing on its beck.

        However, apart from this pigeon pooping a lot (the normal greeney-whitey variety), what has been alarming me considerably ever since it's the fact that the pigeon totally refuses to drink or eat.

        This has been lasting for 4 days in a row now, and I'm growing desperate to save its life.

        I put its beck several times into plain fresh water at first, then fresh water with a little sugar for a more important glucose intake to help it recover faster (I've no idea whether this is good or bad for it). I also took an extra-soft sanwich bread slice and cut it into the littlest crumbs i could make (a couple of days later I added a little müesli for the seeds). But the pigeon won' open its beck, except when it tries to escape.

        Could anybody PLEASE PLEASE tell me whether or not and how could I somehow "force" (if necessary) this pigeon to eat?(it wont open its beck!).

        I can send you every picture you may need if you provide me with an email address; or, to expedite things, i can show you everything via Skype.

        I don't dare to free this pigeon b/c it still can't fly (to safety and food) and I'm afraid that in my neighborhood we have a problem with rat overpopulation (they're known to attack and eat pigeons) and also a huge number of yobs/chavs/scum who will be too happy to stomp over this pigeon and kill it.

        I was a Boy Scout in my young days and can't live with a tranquil conscience if I haven't done really everything in my power to save this pigeon's live.

        I live in Paris, France, so I'm 1 hour ahead of you in the UK, and several hours ahead of you if you happen to be based in the USA or elsewhere.

        This pigeon seems to be on a radical hunger strike for the 4th consecutive day, it won't even drink!

        Could anybody please help me out really very quickly?

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        Chrissy 

        2 months ago

        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 ?

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        Kaioh 

        3 months ago

        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

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        Hazel Smith 

        3 months ago

        Could anyone in Leicester help me with a young pigeon with a wing injury.

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        DZap 

        5 months ago

        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.

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        Tdavis 

        5 months ago

        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.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 months ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Good luck!

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 months ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Isa 

        6 months ago

        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.

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        Hari 

        6 months ago

        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,

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        Jimmy 

        7 months ago

        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.

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        Jimmy 

        7 months ago

        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.

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        Sharon 

        7 months ago

        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

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        Chefava1946@gmail.com 

        10 months ago

        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. in.an 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 loves.it 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.❤️

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        Leilani 

        11 months ago

        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.

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        Adhir Johri 

        12 months ago

        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.

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        Lyn Clelland 

        14 months ago

        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.

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        nurdeen 

        15 months ago

        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.

        https://images.chesscomfiles.com/uploads/v1/blog/3...

        How much time will it take her to recover

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        Lara 

        16 months ago

        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.

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        Maria 

        19 months ago

        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

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        Janelle Iandoli 

        21 months ago

        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!

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        Claire Hogan 

        2 years ago

        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.

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        Amandeep Singh 

        2 years ago

        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!

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        Darren B 

        2 years ago

        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.

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        Richard Lindsay 

        2 years ago from California

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

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        Moriah 

        3 years ago

        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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        twilightpigonchic 

        5 years ago

        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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @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.

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        JoAnn 

        6 years ago

        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?

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        Deb Hirt 

        6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

        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.

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        LetitiaFT 

        6 years ago from Paris via California

        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.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @Mike Are you interested in relocating them?

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @Wasteless Project I would love to read your story!

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        Wasteless Project 

        6 years ago from Worldwide

        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!

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @Thadrok Ha! They do indeed.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Thadrok 

        6 years ago from Portland, OR

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

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        ImaSurvivor74 

        6 years ago from Upstate NY

        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.

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        Kingbell 

        6 years ago from Chennai, India

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

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        AnnaCia 

        6 years ago

        Very nice hub. Thank you for the information.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Gemini Fox 

        6 years ago

        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!

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @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!

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @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.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Thank you @moonlake

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @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.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Thanks @LGrey! Your pigeon loft sounds cool!

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Melanie Palen 

        6 years ago from Midwest USA

        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.

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        Lyn.Stewart 

        6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

        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.

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        Kingbell 

        6 years ago from Chennai, India

        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!

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        Nettlemere 

        6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

        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.

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        Melissa Spicer 

        6 years ago from Kentucky

        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.

        https://hubpages.com/animals/Should-You-Ever-Distu...

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        moonlake 

        6 years ago from America

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

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        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!).

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        geetika iyer 

        6 years ago from India

        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"!

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        LGrey 

        6 years ago from Alabama

        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.

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        vespawoolf 

        6 years ago from Peru, South America

        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!

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        albin pius 

        6 years ago

        nice.bird lovers will love this

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        Moon Daisy 

        6 years ago from London

        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.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @drsteffan I am sorry about your experience.

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        drsteffan 

        6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        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

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        Connie Smith 

        6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

        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.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        @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.

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        Simone Haruko Smith 

        6 years ago from San Francisco

        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?

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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        Donna Cosmato 

        6 years ago from USA

        Interesting article with lots of good tips.

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        Aleza Freeman 

        6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Thanks @moonlake. Birds of a feather...

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        moonlake 

        6 years ago from America

        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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