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Author Topic: A dove with broken wing in my back yard  (Read 7542 times)
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« on: April 11, 2009, 04:18:30 PM »

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Well yesterday, I took my dogs out back to go "do".  They found a bird that couldn't fly.  So I put them all inside and put a temporary fence for her.  I set out some seed, bread, soaked dog food, and water with some Grapefruit seed extract in it.  I read online that I may be able to help her heal if I wrap her broken wing around her chest for about a week or so.  Does anyone have any suggestions or experience..?  Any info will be Highly appreciated.  She doesn't seem to be eating her food I set out for her but walks around just fine.  She seems healthy except for her broken wing.  I really want to give her the best chances.  I usually end up with fallen baby birds every year and I make nests for them and set them up in a chair or somethig so that their momma feeds them, usually, they survive... sadly not always...  I really want to help her!  I will post again in a bit I have to go to the store and get her some supplies before dark.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009, 04:37:43 PM »

Is there a wildlife rehabber in the area? I would most definitely contact someone who knows what they are doing. I know that the ER at MSU will take wildlife - I took some baby birds in after they were thrown from their nests when we had our bad storms last spring. If you have hawks, they will go after the doves, too. Hope you can find someone to help you. You just don't know whether the wing will heal or not.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2009, 04:53:19 PM »

Here is a link that may be of some help:

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=76466
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Call for professional help. Do not try to treat an injured bird yourself unless you are a veterinarian or are licensed to handle wild birds. Follow the vet’s advice.

If you do not have a local wildlife rehabilitation organization, call your local Audubon chapter, Humane Society, or a local veterinarian to put you in touch with licensed rehabilitators in your area.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2009, 04:57:13 PM »

It's very very hard to get a wing to heal. Most don't, unfortunately.
Try to find a wildlife rehab , and they will do everything they can. If You can't find one in the area, call all vets and ask them if they know of one or of someone who takes in wildlife. That's the birds best chance.
good luck.
Also, maybe it's a sprain or something out of kilter? I Hope. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 05:42:22 PM »

No experience with birds at all, mgt. We have 24 hour emergency veterinary centers here. Any chance you
could call one and ask about available help?
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 05:47:31 PM »

I agree about both the emergency vet and the wildlife rehab.  Where I live, one of the emergency vet clinics also does emergency work with injured wildlife, and then gets them into rehab.  Praying that this poor little dove will find help and healing.  You could try looking in the Yellow Pages/online Yellow Pages for "wildlife rehabilitation" in your area--they are listed there in my city.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 06:26:00 PM »

I remember my mother splinting a pigeons wing,but I've never done it. Luckily we still have 1 wildlife center close by & I take them there.
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 09:18:00 PM »

I went to Home Depot to get some of that chicken wire fencing to make an adequate enclosure for her so that no preditors get her... but I can't find her.  I think she is in a bush where she slept last night.  I hope she is safe there.  I took away the food as to not attract any cats.  I would love to take her to an animal rahabilitator but there are none that I know of even near where I live.  There are also, believe it or not, no emergency vets here.  No vets open on the weekends either.  There are no animal hospitals either.  Just ordinary vet offices...   Sad  There is an emergency hotline where you call a vet on "duty" and leave a message... wait until he calls you back then perhaps meat at their office.  I don't know what else to do..., but try to take care of her myself.  I got some wild bird food too...  the bread is gone, I don't know if it was her that ate it entirely or not but it is gone (that was the only thing eaten that I can tell)...  I am taking my dogs out one by one VERY carefullly.  She has a place to go that is safe and they can't get her...  I put up an enclosure arount the corner area where she was taking cover last night with some wire fencing.  She can get out of it if she wants to but the dogs can't go in it. 
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2009, 06:53:51 AM »

Maybe a pet shop specializing in birds would know where to call ? Of course that will have to wait until tomorrow. At least it has food,water & a safe area for now.
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2009, 06:52:53 PM »

mgt,

 Any update?
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2009, 08:41:09 PM »

When I was about 7 my grandfather and I found a bird with a broken wing. He was an upholsterer so had some supplies. He took the bird inside his shop and used popsicle sticks that he thinned flatter to make a splint for the wing. We kept the bird for about 3 weeks in a large bird cage so the wing would heal. As much as I wanted to keep it for a pet my grandfather explained that this bird was wild and free and we would be letting the bird go when the owie was all healed up. After the wing had healed and the bird could flap it it was time to say goodbye and return the bird to the wild.

So mgt have you seen the bird again?
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