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I have never kept birds and I don't know anything about them. So I really need some help!

Last night I was driving to pick up my husband and saw a bird sitting in the middle of the opposite lane. A car drove right over her, literally right over her. It was disgusting to see.
She let me pick her up and she sat on my passenger seat until I got to my husband, and he found a cardboard box to put her in. She can't seem to fly but she does flap her wings and hop around as if she is trying to fly.

She has been here in our house since last night - it was evening when I found her and everywhere was closed. This morning I called a vet who said they would euthanise her, and a rescue centre (the only one anywhere near here who takes birds) and they will euthanise her too. Nobody is even going to bother giving her a chance to get better


The big problem, besides her being flightless, is that she has avian pox. I joined a pigeon forum to ask their advice and described two growths she has on her face, which they immediately identified as pox. It is a virus that is not treatable and is extremely infectious to birds (though not humans). She would have to be kept quarantined from all other birds, and it will be hard to find a rescue place that has the resources to do that.

I can't tell if she is suffering or in pain since her behaviour is probably more to do with fear than anything else. But I don't want to take her somewhere to be killed, and I can't release her knowing that will kill her too. I think I am going to give her some time to see if whatever is stopping her flying will heal, so that means I will have to look after her myself for a few weeks. Any advice about caring for birds is appreciated.

She is a fledgling collared dove, and I obviously don't know the sex but I don't like calling her it.
 

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Just learned that there is probably nothing stopping her flying except her age, which is great news


All she needs is somewhere safe to stay until she learns to fly, then she should be ok on her own. I thought that she had an injury which meant she couldn't fly, if I had known she was just a young bird I would have put her in the field near the road. In any case I couldn't leave her where she was so I hope I did more good than harm.

I got some crappy webcam pictures:



 

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Handle her as little as possible. Give her food and water, but don't be too concerned if she doesn't take any right away. She may have taken a blow to the head and became stunned. She'll need a chance to recover. She may also have an injured wing, even broken, which you would not be able to see and would also take time to heal. Don't let her try to fly in your house. That could be dangerous for her. If she shows signs of improvement, take her outside to see if she wants to fly away on her own. I don't know what doves eat, but you should try to get some for her. Best of luck!
 

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Thanks Capstan


She is doing really well today. I bought some bird seed and I saw her eating, her eyes are bright and she isn't panicking whenever sounds are made. I found her walking around my living room, evidently she managed to fly out of her box, so I put an old sheet on my bed and let her walk around there for a while. She flew off and onto the floor, so I am pretty sure she doesn't have a broken wing or serious wing injury. She must have been in shock last night and I don't know how she ended up frozen in the middle of the road but she does seem to be over the worst of it.

I'm going to give her another day to chill out then take her outside and see if she can fly off.
 

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Awww, she is so cute Earthling! I wouldn't feel bad about taking her home if I were you. If she flew into something and was stunned sometimes it takes an entire day for them to start acting normal again. Even if you moved her into a field something could of gotten her during that time. I'm so happy you rescued her!
 

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Thanks Capstan


She is doing really well today. I bought some bird seed and I saw her eating, her eyes are bright and she isn't panicking whenever sounds are made. I found her walking around my living room, evidently she managed to fly out of her box, so I put an old sheet on my bed and let her walk around there for a while. She flew off and onto the floor, so I am pretty sure she doesn't have a broken wing or serious wing injury. She must have been in shock last night and I don't know how she ended up frozen in the middle of the road but she does seem to be over the worst of it.

I'm going to give her another day to chill out then take her outside and see if she can fly off.
i would check with the rescue before feeding her anything. she might have a specialised diet. if you let her go, it's best to do it near where you found her
 

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i would check with the rescue before feeding her anything. she might have a specialised diet. if you let her go, it's best to do it near where you found her
Yes, I would consider returning her to the area she was in. There should be others of her kind there and will be one thing less for her to worry about. So glad she's doing better.
 

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Are you sure you want to let her go if she has an infectious disease? :/
 
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