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So, my daughter Sabrina works with someone who found a white dove/pidgeon. It wouldn't fly but was very friendly. They noticed it had a tag on its leg and they were able to go online and find out information about the bird.<br><br><br><br>
Apparently its owners are from Kansas. They brought the bird to Pennsylvania because it was entered in some bird race in New Jersey (that part was a little confusing to me, the PA, NJ bit) Anyway, looks like the bird took a detour because it ended up in Connecticut. My daughter wanted to know if I wanted the bird, because the people who found it are going to let it go assuming it is able to fly again in a day or so. I love birds, but I'm not particularly interested in keeping a dove/pidgeon as a pet but I hate to think of this bird flying around aimlessly on its own.<br><br><br><br>
At first it was assumed that the people in Kansas would not want to come back to CT to come and get their bird. But then the friend was able to contact the organization in charge of this so-called race and they said that the owners would probably want it back and to let the bird go once it could fly. It would probably find its way home. I'm a little uncomfortable with that.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know about such birds and what its chances are of getting home safely? I've heard about homing pidgeons, but then why did this bird get lost in the first place, unless he was injured.<br><br><br><br>
Just wondering if anyone here has any thoughts on the matter. Thanks!
 

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The bird that came (I'm assuming) in a car to PA/NJ is going to find its way home to <i>Kansas</i>, just like that?<br><br><br><br>
Is there a nature center or something near you that you could call for advice? The organization that "races" the birds wouldn't seem like a particularly unbiased source to me. Perhaps a center/preserve could give you better info. on whether the bird would be able to survive in the wild.
 

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Does anyone know about such birds and what its chances are of getting home safely? I've heard about homing pidgeons, but then why did this bird get lost in the first place, unless he was injured.<br><br><br><br>
Just wondering if anyone here has any thoughts on the matter. Thanks!</div>
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My father is a racing pigeon enthusiast. Sometimes birds just naturally lose their way, or they get mixed up in other flocks. Perhaps it was chased by a hawk or something and then lost its way. Plenty of reasons for a racing bird losing course.
 

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So..is there an update? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yes, I just assumed the thread was dead and didn't want to bore anyone!<br><br><br><br>
Turns out some of the original info got a little mixed up, sort of like playing telephone. The owner is not from Kansas...dont' know where that came from. He lives in Connecticut and the bird was found in Connecticut. He has over 300 birds, didn't sound terribly interested in going to this woman's house to pick up this one bird, but said he would stop by sometime today. So we are waiting to see if he shows. If not, the woman wants to know if I will take the bird. According to a pidgeon website, it says you can release the bird and it will find it's way home. I'm more concerned that if it doesn't, will it survive, and if I took it just because I didn't want anything bad to happen to it in the wild, would that be fair to the bird. I'm kind of torn between not really wanting it but being concerned for its welfare and wanting to do the right thing. So that's where we stand right now. I should know more by tomorrow. If the owner doesn't show I'll probably take the bird temporarily and look into some kind of rescue group who might take it. Unless I really find out that letting it go is the best option. Thanks guys! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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