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What to do with a Lost Bird

We are often contacted by people who have a lost bird and they want to know what to do.  How should they take care of it and find the owner?

FIRST OF ALL, pigeons will not bite or hurt you in any way.  If you hold it, do not squeeze it or ruffle the feathers.  Be gentle but firm. 

SECONDLY, get the bird some food and water.  If you can catch it, place it in a small cage (about 2 feet square) or even a cardboard box with a screen top so light can get in.  An old bird cage or even a pet carrier will do the job.  If the bird is wild in your back yard, put the food and water where it can be found. 

Water should be in a bowl at least 1 or 2 inches deep because pigeons suck water and must be able to immerse their bill.  If the bird is really exhausted, you may have to show it where the water is initially.   If a bird looks really exhausted, Gatorade or other sports drink may be added to the water. A teaspoon or two per cup (250 ml) of water will help replenish electrolytes.

Any of the following grains will suffice as food: popcorn, wheat, rice, barley, bird seed, or other whole grain that you may have.  Do not cook these grains.  Bread is not a good choice because most pigeons will not recognize it as food. 

After it has gained its strength, let it loose and it may continue on its way.  Never attach a note to the leg because you may cause loss of circulation and injure the animal. 

Or you may have a wonderful new friend that lives in and returns to your backyard.

If the bird is injured or unbanded and you need assistance, contact your local Humane Society.  You might also look in our directory for white dove release businesses near where you live. 

If the bird has a band, from the number, you may be able to locate the owner. Some bands are personalized with names and phone numbers directly on them.  Others will have a series of numbers that might look like this:   IPB-224-ABC-01.  Begin by contacting the organization that issued the band.   They should have a record of who owns the bird.  Good Luck, and thank you for taking the time to care.

IPB 224 ABC 01
Organization Birds unique # Club Code Year of banding
    North America
    Band Code Organization Contact
    AU American Racing Pigeon Union  
    CPFA Canadian Pigeon Fanciers Association
    IPB Independent Pigeon Breeders (United States)

    Phone: 877-355-7727
    Fax: 724-843-6070
    IF International Federation of Homing Pigeon Fanciers 
    NPA National Pigeon Association (United States)
    Mr. James Avery
    National Pigeon Association
    United Kingdom
    Band Code Organization Contact
    BRC Bentley Roller Club (United Kingdom) Mr P Green
    85 Slater Street
    Willenhall, Wolverhampton
    WV13 1HZ
    Phone: 01902 634695
    BSRF/RSG British Show Racer Federation (United Kingdom) Mr D McClary
    59 Argyll Road
    Pennysylvania, Exeter.
    EX4 4RX
    Phone: 01392 273947
    East of England Roller Club (United Kingdom) Mr J Mullan
    The Legend
    41 Coopers Rd
    Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
    IP5 3SJ
    Phone/Fax: 01473 624526
    FPA Fancy Pigeon Association (United Kingdom) Mr L Mullan
    41 Coopers Rd
    Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3SJ
    Phone/Fax: 01473 624526
    LFRC London Flying Roller Club (United Kingdom) Mr C Fisher
    97 Sketty Road
    Enfield, Middx
    EN1 3SJ
    Phone: 020 8367 8350
    MPRC Midland Roller Pigeon Club (United Kingdom) Mr S Taylor
    44 King George Close
    Sidemore, Bromsgrove, Worcs
    B61 8ASH
    Phone: 01527 870092 after 6pm please.
    NPA National Pigeon Association (United Kingdom) Mrs Tracey Edwards
    Bridge Villa
    Main St
    Pollington, Goole.
    DN14 0DW
    Phone: 01405 869516
    NRC Northern Roller Club (United Kingdom) Mr J Weir
    24 Lowry Villas
    Whiteleas, South Shields
    Tyne & Wear
    NE34 8HZ
    Phone: 0191 4261653
    NTU National Tippler Union (United Kingdom) B. Rose
    46, Maynard Road
    Hartcliffe, Bristol
    BS13 OAG
    Phone: 01179 647275
    NTUW National Tippler Union of Wales (United Kingdom) Mr R Williams
    4 Clayton Street
    Landore, Swansea
    SA1 2PW
    Phone: 01792 424393
    NFTTS Norwich Flying Tippler & Roller Society (United Kingdom) Mr C Howard
    4 Fitzgerald Rd
    Lakenham, Norwich
    NR1 2NF Phone: 01603 470920
    NRTT Nottingham Roller Tippler & Tumbler Club (United Kingdom) Mr R Davis
    79 Westdale Lane
    Gedling, Nottingham
    Phone: 0115 9539771
    WEFT/BSW West of England Flying Tumbler Society (United Kingdom) Mrs R Williams
    12 Clovelly Road
    Bideford, Nth Devon Phone: 01237 477096
    WHFC Worchester Hi-Fli Club (United Kingdom) Mr J Smith
    22 Albert Rd
    WR5 1EB
    Phone: 01905 355041
    WTC Wolverhampton Tumbler Club (United Kingdom) Mr S Porter
    70 King Edward Rd
    Rugby, Warks
    CV21 2TE
    NEHU North of England Homing Union (United Kingdom)
    58, Ennerdale Road
    Walker Dene, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE6 4DG Phone: 0191 262 5440
    NWHU North West Homing Union (United Kingdom) Janet. E. Hull
    10 Ward Street
    Lostock Hall
    Preston, Lancashire
    PR5 5HR Phone: 01257 421 271
    GB Royal Pigeon Racing Association (Great Britain) RPRA
    The Reddings
    GL51 5RN
    Phone: 01452 713529
    Ms. Karen James
    RPRA Strays Coordinator
    IHU N Irish Homing Union "N" (Ireland) J. Hughes
    34 Adelaide Avenue
    Belfast BT9 7FY
    IHU S Irish Homing Union "S" (Ireland) S. Lehane
    69 Lorcan Crescent
    Santry, Dublin
    SU Scottish Homing Union (United Kingdom) 231A, Low Waters Road
    Hamilton, Lanarkshire
    ML3 7QN Phone: 01698 286983
    WHU Welsh Homing Pigeon Union (United Kingdom) 3, Coed Cae
    Tirfil, New Tredegar
    NP2 6HH

    Phone: 01443 833161

    Band Code Organization Contact
    BELG Royale Federation Colombophile Belge (Belgium) 39 rue de Livourne
    Ixelles, Brussels 1050
    Phone: 0032 2537 6211
    Fax: 0032 2538 5721
    FRANCE Federation Colomophile Francaise (France) 54 Boulevard Carnot
    59042 Lille
    Cedex, France
    Phone: 0033 3200 68287
    Fax: 0033 3201 50157
    DV Verband Deutscher Brieftaubenliebhaber E. V. (Germany) Essen, D-4513
    Schonleinstrasse 43
    P.O. Box 103935
    Phone: 0049 2018 72240
    Fax: 0049 2018 722499
    NL/HOLL Bureau N. P. O. (The Nethernlands)
    3905 PH Veenendaal
    The Netherlands
    Phone: 0031 3185 59700
    Fax: 00313185 23712
    NORGE Norges Brevdue Forbund (Norwegian Racing Pigeon Association)
    Stein Thorsen (Norwegian language)
    Postboks 196
    5322 Kleppesto

    Inge Fagerli (Norwegian and English language)

    PL Polski Związek Hodowc�w Gołębi Pocztowych (Poland) Polski Związek Hodowc�w Gołębi Pocztowych
    Zarząd Gł�wny w Chorzowie
    Skr. pocztowa 177
    41 - 501 Chorz�w
    Tel. +48 32 241 59 82
    PORT Federacao Portuguesa de Colombofilia (Portugal) Rue Padre
    Estevao Cabral No. 79
    Salas 214/215, 3000
    Colmbra, Portugal
    ESP Real Federacion Colombofilia Espanola (Spain) Eloy Gonzalo 34
    piso 7 Iz'da
    28010 Madrid
    MALTA Federation of Pigeon Racing Clubs of Malta (Malta) Railway Avenue
    Hamrum, HMR08
    Asia / Australia / New Zealand
    Band Code Organization Contact
    PHA Philippine Homing Pigeon Association
    Mr. Francis Uy
    PHA Secretary General
    P.O. Box 1252, Ermita 1099, Manila
    Phone: + 63 2 243 2972
    SAHPA South Australian Homing Pigeon Association
    Phone: + 61 8 8262 3856 (Assoc)
    + 61 448 883512 (Mobile)
    (Lost birds)+ 61 8 8252 9377
      Pigeon Racing New Zealand

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