Pigeon

Hi we are looking for a bit of advice about a new friend we have. We thought it was a homing pigeon, but it has no leg band. We know nothing about pigeons, but this one is super friendly and will happily land on your hand and sit on your shoulder. It followed my husband home three days ago and it won't leave our garden now. Every time we open the door it tries to come in. We have two dogs and it's not afraid of them at all. We did try to put a bit food out for it , but we had to put it in a pet carrier at night because the local cats were trying to get it. We let it out first thing in the morning.  This was probably a mistake but we thought it was possibly injured. We now think it isn't and is flying about but comes straight back. Has anyone got any ideas or advice, it would be much appreciated. 

  • Hi. Sounds like a domesticated Pidge or maybe a hand reared one. In which part of the country are you based?

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • In reply to monkeycheese:

    Thanks, why would somebody hand rear a Pigeon, excuse my ignorance.
  • Some people breed them as a hobby and others, like myself, rescue them and sometimes they are too young to feed themselves. It is best to avoid too much handling because they can imprint when they are young and sometimes that results in their being unable to fend for themselves when released. I would suggest that you try to get this pidge in a pet carrier with seed and water until somewhere permanent can be found for it.

    These two are currently in my back room. They have been with me for a couple of months and initially required syringe feeding. They will soon go into the outdoor aviary and ultimately will be released into my garden.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • Thanks very much for the advice. We have just sorted the pet carrier out for it, it's more than happy to go in, so I will bring it back in.. We are in Tyne and wear aswell, I forgot to mention in the last post
  • I was hoping you might have been a bit closer and I could have collected it. I'm in Surrey, so that's a non-starter. I've just checked my Facebook links and Blyth Wildlife Rescue or Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary are in your part of the world. They might be able to offer advice or even take the pidge.
    Hope this helps.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • In reply to monkeycheese:

    Thanks for advice