Important Warnings

Tragic experience has taught us to issue these warnings as early as possible, but first some reassurance: Handling a sick pigeon will not put your health at risk any more than handling any other bird or animal – wild or domestic – would. Take sensible precautions like washing your hands after handling it.

•Keep sick pigeons isolated from any other domestic birds you have.
•Do not place caged or baby birds in direct sunlight or in front of a hot stove
•Do not squirt water into a bird’s mouth. They cannot cough and can die if it gets in the windpipe
•Do not feed a pigeon as soon as you get it. Its digestive system might not be functioning due to starvation or sickness. It will need rehydration first
•Do not hold a pigeon too tightly. They do not have a diaphragm and can suffocate
•If there are cheesy growths in the mouth do not remove or dislodge them. That could start a fatal bleed or suffocate the pigeon
•If there is an egg lodged in the cloaca do not break it or try to remove it
•Do not release a pigeon just because it can fly and seems to have recovered. It will need to be well enough to find food, shelter and avoid predators. Premature release can be fatal
•Do not hand over a pigeon to a vet, rehabilitator, wildlife sanctuary etc without checking their policies. Many of these places with euthanase pigeons as a matter of course. We might be able to help you find someone who will look after your pigeon properly
•Overheated Teflon, air fresheners etc can be toxic to pigeons
•If you find an injured racer and trace its owner check what the pigeon’s fate will be before you return it. They are often destroyed by the owner for getting lost, sick or injured