Category Archives: Wild Bird Rescue

I Love Pigeons

Pigeons make wonderful pets.   I have four darling pigeons who are forever keeping me entertained and a treat to come home to every day.

The basic needs of pigeons are as follows:

1. Housing: A good size for four pigeons would be at least 6 feet long by 4 feet deep and 6 feet high. It should be vermin and predator proof. The aviary floor should be cleaned once a day (pigeons spend a lot of time on the ground) and the entire aviary (perches and other surfaces) should be cleaned once a week to keep the pigeons healthy.

2. Fresh water (change it twice a day if it gets dirty quickly). Bathing: Once or twice a week cover the floor with a shower curtain, put out a tub with water, and watch the fun.

3. Pigeon food: A good racing pigeon mix from a feed supply is best. Snacks: Some snacks that pigeons enjoy are raw unsalted peanuts (small, NOT roasted), safflower, sunflower hearts, hemp, sesame seeds (raw), fruits and veggies: Mine especially like papaya (with the seeds) and sprouts.
**Avoid Avocado as it’s toxic to all birds. **Avoid Veggies like Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

4. Red grit, if you can find it. It contains crushed oyster shells which is a good source of calcium. Feed is so fresh nowadays that many feed stores do not carry grit. Do offer calcium.

5. Supplements:

a. Pigeons kept indoors without exposure to direct sunlight will need a vitamin supplement because they do not produce their own vitamin D3, so build your aviary on the lanai or outside and let your birds enjoy the morning sun.

b. Adding a little Apple cider vinegar to the water once a week, helps keep their system acidic to prevent diseases like coccidiosis, canker and crop candida. The dose is 1 tbsp per gallon of fresh water.

c. Mixing probiotic powder (from the human health-food shelf) or a dollop of Greek yogurt with a few drops of sunflower oil, garlic oil, or corn oil, into the seed ration for the day will help maintain good bacteria in their gut.

d. Grating a tiny bit of garlic in the water bowls will keep feathers looking nice and internal parasites away.


My Life With the Birds

December 19, 2014

Most days I feel like I want to do everything, learn everything, and basically experience everything. What do I want to be when I grow up? Everything. And my life is probably more than half way over. Now what? Easy. Do more.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful wild bird rehabilitation enthusiast. She was certainly the best health care provider I have met. I found myself wishing she was my health care provider. A little pigeo with a broken leg brought me to her doorstep and I immediately knew I was standing in front of someone very special. She showed me a tumor she took out of another rock pigeon’s wing and I dared not wench with yuck in front of her. But she was certainly ok if I did.

It got me to thinking about my own frailities. Among the largest of my patholigies is the fear of anything medical. And with little bird friends coming to me for various reasons (orphans, broken legs and wings, and generally needing a good meal) I think it high time to look deeper. Look deeper. Now isn’t that a mouthful.

I have been practicing Transendental Meditation now. It is a strangly successful practice that seems to have opened up space in my time managemnt calendar. Still the idea of 20 minutes seemed a bit daunting. I decided a few days ago to go with 10 minutes for now. I certainly hope this is not a TM cardinal sin. Even if it is, I’m still doing it this way until something breaks and I no longer do it this way. As is the plan with most of my life. Including my “five year plan”.

For my little bird friends I have decided to knit a few adorable nests. Here is the pattern. Don’t take it too seriously and adjust however you need to.
Needle size: anything US 5 to US9
Use two strands of easy to wash yarn
CO 54 sts
Knit until you have 3 to 4 inches.
Purl one row.
Begin Decrease:
Row 1: *K7, k2tog* to end.
Row 2: *K6, k2tog* to end.
Row 3: *K5, k2tog* to end.
Row 4: *K4, k2tog* to end.
Row 5: *K3, k2tog* to end.
Thread yarn with darning needle and run through stitches.