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I have a pigeon in my garden it can't fly what do I do. I

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I have a pigeon in my garden it can't fly what do I do. I have a dog which I'm sure will probably kill it if she gets out.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the pigeon been dealing with this?
Customer: I first saw it at 8 o'clock this morning don't no how long it had been there
JA: What environment do you keep the pigeon in? Does she interact with other pets or animals?
Customer: It's a wild pigeon
JA: And what's the pigeon's name and age?
Customer: It isn't a pet it's a wild pigeon
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I don't no anything else it moved out of sight earlier but it is just sitting there
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for this pigeon.

Is it an adult pigeon or a fledgling (fluffy) or nestling (naked)?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I think it's adult. It has all it's feather and it's quite big
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

Can you see any sign of an injury like bleeding or a floppy wing?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
No blood and no floppy wing no sign of injury
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

It may be stunned so I would offer a shallow bowl of water and some food (bird seeds, insects or cat food) and ensure it is safe from any cats. You may have to place it in a box or crate in your home or garage.

We'd hope in a few hours it would fly away, once it has energy.

However, if not, it may be truly injured and cannot physically fly.

So when it comes to wild birds, we have a couple of options here.

If possible, we can place it in a shoe box (with holes for ventilation, a shallow bowl of water and some food) and bring them to a local vet that is open.

Call ahead to ensure they have availability.

Most vets will treat wildlife free of charge and then either release them or send them to a wildlife sanctuary.

If this isn't possible, you can call the RSPCA who can send an officer to pick up the injured bird.

Their number is 

0300 1234 999

Depending on where you are, there would also be local rescues who may be able to help.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

I hope that this has been helpful and please let me know if there is anything else.

Take care,

Linda.