PIGEON and DOVE RESCUE

Resources and advice for anyone who finds a sick or injured pigeon or dove, a pigeon trapped in netting or a baby pigeon or dove.

Complete Blindness

Both our blind pigeons were either born that way or lost their sight when they were babies, so they had to learn to identify what was edible and how to pick it up and learn to live with other pigeons. Information of how that was done can be found here:

Pew's Story

Lily's Story

Partial Blindness

Pigeons can be born missing an eye or completely blind, or they can lose an eye or their sight as a result of accident or disease or be born with one eye unformed. Either way, like other blind animals they adapt and lead happy lives if they are given the chance.

Pigeons with an eye injury will need to be examined by a vet to determine as they might need antibiotics, eye drops or painkillers.

Technically one eyed pigeons are releasable as the limitation to their vision does not prevent them from finding food or picking it up. However, being blind in one eye  makes them more vulnerable to predators, traffic and malice as they can so easily be blindsided, so if they can be found a home as a pet or at a sanctuary, that is the best option for them.