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04 September 2009 @ 06:44 pm
does anyone know ANYTHING relating to caring for injured birds???  
looking for some help:

i have this injured bird downstairs in my laundry and i'm not sure what to do with it.

it's a Wompoo Pigeon that flew into one of our windows. it's been sitting outside on our lawn for a good 4 hours - i don't think it's wing's broken but there's something wrong with it. ie. it flew a few feet but then just kind of stopped... maybe a leg? i don't know. but it started to get dark so i carefully wrapped it in a towl and brought it inside (otherwise something will kill it overnight) and i'm going to call our wildlife guy in the morning but what should i do for it tonight??? so far it's sitting in its towel and there's water nearby...

HELP PLEASE!!! i'm not good with wildlife! and this is a beautiful bird

OH NO IT DIED!!! and i can hear it's mate outside calling. i thought it was getting better? now i'm really depressed.

helio, helium girl: primeval - connor floorheliotitans on September 4th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
idk, maybe some food? bread or something like that?
ellymelly: painting with light 2ellymelly on September 4th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
sadly this is a fruit eating bird - which is why it was flying around our fig tree lol - shame that they have such poor eyesight - when it was here last year it flew into our orchid fence and we were like 'dude... you're the first one to do that...'

Mangy Mathan: Dwarfmangy_mathan on September 4th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Don't feed it. Leave it alone. Keep it warm if you can, maybe with an incubator or something. Call the wildlife guys ASAP.

From what I've discovered with baby animals, trying to feed them or whatever is more likely to hurt them than help, and it hurts them worse than letting them go hungry for a night.
ellymelly: painting with lightellymelly on September 4th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I've put it in my old cat cage (because it's big and open at the top) and it's snuggled up on top of a towel. it walked around a little when i moved it and seems to be doing a lot better. nothing is broken - which i'm guessing is good. and it wasn't panicked at all. i was going to leave it in the bathroom overnight and then take it outside tomorrow and see if it wants to fly off? the wildlife people don't care. i tried calling them but they were just like, 'eh - whatever'. *sigh* which is odd, because it's pretty rare as far as birds go... especially in this area.

anyway, i've taken your advice - i'll just leave it alone for the night and let it calm down and relax :D
birdgirl78: Birdiebirdgirl78 on September 4th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Keep it warm.
Birds are exceptional at hiding injury/illness. I'd be even more worried if it's not freaked out by you walking in. If it can't fly off tomorrow, you might put a towel over it's head (to keep it from biting) and spread the wings out to examine them for breaks.
*wishes she could be there to help*
ellymelly: it is only your soulellymelly on September 4th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
this bird is MASSIVE lol - it's a rainforset pigeon that's taken a liking to our fig tree (looks like this: http://www.anhs.com.au/images/wompoo5034.jpg ) i seriously struggled finding something big enough to keep it on on short notice.

it doesn't seem too bothered by me because i've been 'hanging out with it' for about 7 hours now lol so i guess it's worked out that i'm not trying to hurt it. it does, however, look much better than it did before. it seems to want to fly off now but i can't let it go in the dark because apparantly these ones don't fly at night so i have to keep it until first light. it's calmed down now and is asleep in it's 'nest' of towel. wish i had something to keep it warm with but i really don't have anything other than our main airconditioner lol

wish i could mail it to you because i'm sure you'd look after it better than me!
birdgirl78: Birdiebirdgirl78 on September 4th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
pretty birdie!
Well, if it's calm because you've been there, that's a good thing.
You haven't a heating pad? *snort* I guess I'm showing myself an "old lady", but I do love my heating pad.
*cracking up at the idea of mailing the thing*
this and that...alyssa22 on September 4th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
Hope it turns out okay... poor little thing.

And you're a good person for caring about it so much!

I'd never heard of a Wompoo Pigeon. Just looked it up. What a beautiful bird. I wish we had them this far south!

Edited at 2009-09-04 01:44 pm (UTC)
ellymelly: animatedellymelly on September 4th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
it's HUGE like - i'm supposed to put it in a shoebox but i'll be damned if i can find one big enough - which is why it's in the cat cage which it only *just* squeezes into.

the bird seems happier - it's like, 'so, i'm sleeping here tonight - FINE' but it's better than being outside with the foxes and my cat - no way it would live out there. hell, even *i'm* frightened to go outside.

this and that...alyssa22 on September 4th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
It's really that big? Amazing.

You'll have to report back on its status tomorrow!
ellymellyellymelly on September 4th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
shoot - i can hear it's mate chirping for it outside (and it's 2am)

should i just let it sleep? wow - i feel so bad knowing i've got it's partner locked inside.
this and that...alyssa22 on September 4th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
OMG. I don't know... what's it up to? Does it seem happy to sleep?
ellymelly: deep thoughtellymelly on September 4th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
it died... it was happily sleeping and hour ago. i don't understand what i did wrong?
this and that...alyssa22 on September 4th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Oh no. I'm so sorry. The poor thing. Maybe it was actually really sick, because I'm sure you didn't do anything wrong. You gave it somewhere safe and warm to sleep. There's nothing wrong with that.

Poor thing. But if it wasn't moving when you found it, there was something wrong.
birdgirl78: Birdiebirdgirl78 on September 4th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
OH noes!!!!!!!
I'm so terribly sorry.
But you did the best you possibly could have without a vet's help. You might want to put it outside for a little while in the morning so that it's mate understands why it isn't coming back.
in the meantime *comforting hugs for elly*
CeNedraWood: movie → lotr → legolascenedrawood on September 4th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)