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.

SYMPTOMS and TREATMENT of COMMON AILMENTS: Please follow the link that appears most relevant.
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 Air Sacs (Ruptured)

Inflated pigeon, ballooning, blown up .

 Beak Problems

Hooked beak, scissor beak, lumps on beak, missing top part of beak.

Caught by Predator  (Cat, Dog, Hawk)

Torn flesh, punctured skin, bleeding, shock 

Digestive Problems

Crop not emptying (crop stasis), yeast infection


 Egg Related Problems

Paralysis before or after laying egg, egg without shell, unable to lay egg, passing deformed lumps.

 Eye Problems

Black eye, eye scabbed over, eye missing, blindness, unable to focus on seed.

Feather Problems

Missing feathers, no tail, bare neck

Fly Strike

Fly eggs, maggots,pigeon being eaten alive.

 Foot or Feet Injuries 

Thread, string, fishing line, missing feet, missing toes, lumps on toes, blackened flesh, bleeding feet , legs bound together.

Head Related Problems

Scalped, exposed bone, head upside down, twisting of head, missing feathers

Leg or Legs

Leg(s)  sticking out to one  side, splay leg, dragging behind bird, weakness, calcium deficiency, paralysis, hanging lifeless or broken, amputation

 Mouth and throat

Swollen neck, inability to swallow seed, cheesy growth in mouth, canker, yeast


Limp Neck , "Broken" Neck (a temporary condition caused by concussion) , twisted neck, swollen neck, unable to control neck

Neurological Problems

Turning in circles, twisting neck, seed tossing, pecking and missing, stumbling backwards, spiralling in flight, dragging legs behind.


Worms, fleas, feather lice, pigeon fly

Pigeon  Pox

Lumps or pustules on feet, beak, unfeathered parts

 Shot Pigeon

Air gun pellet in breast or wing, bleeding from breast, wing or body. 

Tail problems

Missing tail feathers, holding tail down.