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 Post subject: Injured Pigeon
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:36 am 
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An injured pigeon standing in the middle of the road near the tennis court this morning and it is now in a paper box staying at my balcony. Seems that one of its wings and/or legs are injured.

Its left foot has a green plastic ring with 5 or 6 digits number on it, does it mean it is kept by someone? Someone on Lamma? Anyone got any ideas???


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I'm curious too as this weekend there was a pigeon on my roof and flying about the neighbourhood with tags on both legs - red and green - with unfortunately, two long pieces of the same colour string dangling from each tag, endangering the bird with the obvious chance of them getting tangled on something. So where have these tagged birds come from all of a sudden? A new pigeon-fanciers' / racing club?


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My guess is that these are homing (racing) pigeons that have been blown off course (and left disoriented or exhausted) by the recent turbulent weather. We had one (similar to pic, also with tag) that landed on our 2/F rooftop in Po Wah Yuen about 8 or 9 years ago. We fed it for a few days and it seemed happy to hang about, then one day it was gone.

I don't know what you'd do with an injured bird. Perhaps call HK Bird Soc ot SPCA and see if they can suggest anything.

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It is standing on one leg only and the other one clinging close to its body, and one of the wings is a bit dangling beside the body.

I don't know what to do with it except giving it water and some crumbles of bread... Hope it will be well and go away by itself soon or I better contact SPCA.

I've made a call to the government's 1823 hotline and they said if I contact the agriculture, fisheries and conservation dep't they would take it to have a bird flu test so I'd rather let it stay. (no idea what they would do to it after the test!)


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Interesting... I'm not sure if the pigeons can survive by themselves in the wild if they have grown up in captivity their entire life. So be mindful of that if you want to let them go.

But good job unchu!


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Pls avoid the AFCD at all costs. They are complete idiots and they will kill the bird after some moronic investigation involving men in white suits and rubber masks. I jest not. Almost certainly the bird was blown off course and injured, whether by the weather or a cat, during the w/e storms. No mystery, no bird flu. The SPCA or HKBS will hopefully give some advice. Well done for helping!

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Thanks everyone! I just went check it and it is now gone. =]
I've put a cardboard paper on the box to make it half covered and it is now on the side. The pigeon must have pushed aside the cover and then flew away.
Good luck pigeon! :wink:


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http://www.homingpigeons.co.uk/straypigeons.htm

This is a champion racing pigeon. It should not be confused with the wild pigeons which frequent city buildings. Occasionally during the racing season even champions get lost and may require assistance.

All racing pigeons carry a hard plastic ring on their leg which identifies its owner. The first few letters on the ring indicates the issuing organisation, the next two numbers identify its year of birth, the remaining letter and numbers identify its registered owner.

A racing pigeon may carry two rings one on each leg. One will either be a rubber band ring or an ETS tag, chip ring. These are only used for racing purposes.

PLEASE NOTE:- DO NOT report pigeons that are not in your possession. Owners cannot arrange to collect pigeons that are roaming or flying around your home or garden. You must catch the pigeon first.

When you have the pigeon in your possession read and write down carefully all the letters and numbers on the plastic coloured ring. For example it should read something like this "GB 11 D 12345".

Before reporting the pigeon open the pigeons wing and check to see if the owners name or telephone number has been ink stamped on its flight feathers. If it is, then telephone the owner direct.


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