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There are several situations in which the best advice of what to do next will actually be to see if your local wildlife rehabilitator can help, and this is usually when you are dealing with an injured or orphaned animal. These rehabilitators carry out a very important job, and helping to ensure that injured or orphaned pigeons can have a chance at survival can make a big difference to those animals. It isn't always an easy job, as there will often be a need where they may not treat some animals as others will have a better chance of being healed and released back into the wild.
Pigeons With Wing Injuries
The first step of dealing with any injury is seeing what kind of chance the pigeon has of being able to fly and sustain itself again in the future, and dealing with wing injuries will often depend on if it is one bone that is injured, or if there is a network of injuries in there. If these can be healed then the wing will often be set and splinted while the wing gets better, and then the pigeons can be released.
Other Pigeon Injuries
Depending on the nature of the injuries, it will sometimes not be possible for rehabilitators to work with a genuine chance of releasing the birds back into the wild, so at that time they will carry out an assessment. The key for a rehabilitator is that they are not intending to provide long term care to the birds, but rather they are always going to be looking to release the pigeons as the end goal for their work.
Orphaned Pigeon Chicks
Because of the volume of work that is carried out to exclude pigeons and to move them away from different areas, it is actually quite common for orphaned chicks to be discovered. In some cases the rehabilitator will be able to raise these birds with a realistic prospect of releasing the animals successfully back into the wild.
Releasing Pigeons Back Into The Wild
If a pigeon hasn't had to survive by itself for some time, or in the case of orphaned chicks has never had to survive by itself, it will often be necessary to stagger their release, with short periods of freedom. They can then return to the rehabilitator for food and experience the freedom before they fully embrace their freedom and can be released permanently.
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