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ADULT BIRD > REHABILITATORS > Pigeons

 

Read the REHABILITATORS section of ADULT BIRD first
Extra species specific information for long term husbandry below


HUSBANDRY
RELEASE


HUSBANDRY

  • Housing

Initially a large cage with sand substrate
Twigs as perches, as high as possible to make the bird feel more secure
Move as soon as possible from cage to an outdoor enclosure where they have access to shallow water to bathe and exercise in. Watch for water-logging
A net over the top of the enclosure will be necessary to prevent the occupants flying off and wild birds coming in for feeding

bird housing cage
 
© Becki Lawson
  • Handling

Hold pigeon with 2 hands around their shoulders to prevent wings flapping
Wood pigeons easily stressed - highly susceptible to fatal handling stress
Wood pigeon’s feathers fall out easily – use towel
At first sign of laboured/open mouthed breathing, put the bird down and cover its head to quieten it

handling pigeon
 
© Craig Stray
  • Zoonotic risk

High. Wear gloves, mask and ideally goggles

 


RELEASE

Read ADULT BIRD Release section first

Species specific considerations
Park, farmland, woodland, or coastal for rock doves

Turtle doves are migratory, release before end of summer

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