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Old 05-21-2017, 10:08 PM
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I had to go on another training course for work and was on my way back from Ipswich on the train. Got off at Cambridge to catch another train when I spotted a pigeon with a bad foot. I went and bought some extortionately priced baked snack at the station and proceed to feed the pigeon.

It looked like it had hair wrapped around its foot and it's foot was deformed as a result. The pigeon was obviously quite young and so I figured the hair was probably some unsuitable nesting material and that the bird had probably grown into the tangled hair. I went to the WHSmith store at the station and politely asked if I could take one of the small empty boxes of their delivery cage, they obliged.
Guess what - I caught the pigeon, put the box in a large bag I had with me, and smuggled the pigeon home on the train!

Every now and then, the pigeon would move in the box and I was waiting for someone on the train to notice and hear me (half expecting to be kicked off at the next stop.) But no, mission accomplished!

I got the little guy home, made it a warm bed, food & water. The next day I went to work delicately cutting away the entangled hair from the underside of the most afflicted foot. The top of the foot was too crazy to even understand :-s
I didn't photograph it.
The following day I soaked the foot and cleaned it up a bit more & got more dirt and hair from the topside of the foot. The swelling had gone down alot, as the bad foot and leg was 2 or 3 times the size of the other before. Though the pigeon is now walking on the wrist with the foot turned backwards :-( Next I'm planning to bathe & wrap the toes Individually and once all scabs etc are gone, I will try to train the foot into a better position.


Pigeon is still eating and drinking well, so I'm hopeful that I can improve this birds condition. I'll let you know how things go!
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:23 PM
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You are a Godsend for this creature! May you both grow!
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:28 PM
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So glad you could help this little birdie out Whatever was wrapped around its food looks nasty. Poor birdie looks like it needs a good bath too. Kinda easy to forget how dirty a wild bird is up close when our pet birds are kept so clean. How is the pigeon responding to your caring for it?
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:57 PM
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Re: Helping Injured Pigeon - Graphic Photos

It's doing OK. It's not too keen on being handled, but once I've got them wrapped and in position, they behave quite well for me. I feel a bit mean about keeping it outside, but as it's from outside I'm hoping it will handle it OK. Also my outdoor pigeons are within cooing distance, so this little guy knows that they're not alone outside.

At the mo, each day I'm just soaking and cleaning until all traces of dirt, hair and scabs have gone, then it's trying to rehab the foot into a more usable position. It's going to still be deformed but hopefully more comfortable and still able to keep its foot!

It's been eating Bucktons pigeon conditioner (probably healthier than what it's used to at the train station). I do hope this little guy makes it. Im not 100% on the gender yet, as they're only a few months old, but should be able to tell soon.

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What a lucky little fellow to have wandered across your path.


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Commend you on your compassionate nature but please be very careful regarding your fids. Hygiene and cross contamination risk is high to both you, Bella and Dexter.
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Re: Helping Injured Pigeon - Graphic Photos

You are probably one rare person who would help a bird like that! Here where I am people call them "flying rats" and don't care in what condition they're at. You are such a good person for doing this! Keep us posted!

Personally I have a "friend" pigeon that flies to my kitchen window and I give him bird seeds from my lovebirds and grinded walnuts. He has a bad foot as well (doesn't even have all his fingers and it's just a big stump) and I can see he's older. He comes to visit almost every day at the same time, is not afraid of my hand and doesn't get frightened when I open the window and peek outside to place food, he just moves a bit so that I have room and then munches away, precious thing
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Thank your for taking the time to help the little guy. His foot looks amazingly good and doesn't look like he'll lose any of it. I hope his foot repositions enough he can get around well. We have homing pigeons and while they don't have the personality of a parrot they are individuals and special in their own way.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:34 AM
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It would have been so easy to have felt pity and walked on, because what can you do for a wild bird...but these small acts of kindness make a better world. Thank you.
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Re: Helping Injured Pigeon - Graphic Photos

I'm sure you are, but keep a close eye out for infections and it maybe worth treating for infections as a just in case.

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