There has recently been an animal hoarding situation that my friend has become involved with. She is trying to help rehome 19 cockatiels and 15 Budgerigars (parakeets). If you are interested in more information or have a loving home available for fostering or adopting, please contact Dr. Kim Danoff for an application. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org An application and a home evaluation would be required and there are options for adopting non-breeding pairs or solo birds if you already have a small bird.
Archive for July 11th, 2011
Since I have blogged about rats, I decided to put a blog together about their flying compadres–the Pigeon. Truth be told, I also love pigeons. They are adaptable, non-agressive, wildlife with an amazing history. We all think of these dirty birds that carry disease and poop on you when you are walking in a big city. But there is alot more to them. They have a military history and have received commendations for bravely flying messages out of enemy territories even when injured. The racing pigeon can fly for hundreds of miles to make its way home (I cannot drive across town sometimes without getting lost and having to call my husband for help or refer to my phone’s GPS) and the fancy breed of pigeons can rival any other species in beauty and quirkyness. I have had some doves and pigeons as patients. The pigeons were racing pigeons we diagnosed with bacterial infections. Unfortunately, there can be alot of overuse of antibiotics in the pigeon world and that leads to resistant bacteria. I am lucky to have dealt with some clients that have appreciated this concern and we were able to actually submit cultures and treat infections appropriately. My own personal experience with the pigeon’s close cousin –the morning dove–was during one summer living in an apartment in Fairfax, VA. I had a little balcony that was set up with a table, chairs and I had some pots for flowers out there. I had left the soil filled pots outside during the winter, and by spring it apparently made a great nesting site for a pair of doves. I kept hearing alot of cooing and noise outside and when I looked out the window, I found the pair building the nest…then laying eggs…then feeding the chicks. I was able to watch the progression through the spring and eventually there was a whole family living out there. I did not step out onto the balcony for months due to these squatting tennants, but I enjoyed watching them interact. Once everyone flew the nest, I had a major cleanup project to deal with–not so fun.
One of my best experiences with pigeons was feeding and having them perch on my in St. Mark’s Square, Venice Italy. This was one of the stops on my honeymoon, and for me one of the most memorable.
I am not the only one that has an affinity for these birds. Mr. James Walker has an amazing website that includes drawings and photos of these birds–appreciating the differences of pigeons around the country and also their beauty in flight: www.organicdebris.com Check out the link to snapshots and see the slide show.
Some wonderful books for the pigeon lovers out there include:
This is an easy read and really puts an educational and humerous spin on the natural history of the pigeon.
Another fun book (table book) is: