The domestic pigeon may become lost, slipped out of the loft or other possibilities but if you have found or have been found by a pigeon there are a few things you can do. Sometimes racing/homing pigeons will become disoriented or off course and need some time to re-home. They normally will need some food and water and a rest before continuing on with their flight. But there are times that they can not re-home.
Sometimes a show pigeon will slip out an open door. Most show pigeons do not have the homeing instinct and will not be able to find their way back.
If a pigeon is still hanging around what is needed is the band information. )If it does not have a band on it's leg it would be hard to track the owner.)
PEOPLE THAT FIND PIGEONS NEED TO KNOW !
(1) Water is very important. Use about a cup size container that is at least 1 inch deep and fill with fresh water.
(2) Food, you can use wild birds seed or cracked corn to help the pigeon.
(3) If necessary to keep the bird safe while it recoups, place it into a cage with the food and water.
HOW TO READ A BAND
ALL info on the band is important to find the origin of the bird.
(EXAMPLE BAND BELOW. From the NPA website. Link below)
Say... the band number reads, NPA 7 07 AT 1089
The ( NPA ) means it originated from the National Pigeon Association.
The (7) is the band size.
The (07) is the year the pigeon was born.
The (AT) is the band alphabetical sequence.
The (1089) is a unique serial number for identifying that bird
If there is No band, it is a wild pigeon and no club member owns it. If you find an injured un-banded pigeon, contact your Humane Society.
The banded pigeons could have originated from several organizations. Below are some pigeon organization contacts that hopefully will help you.
Not Really sure how to take care of the pigeon you found ?
What to do if you find a lost pigeon.
Water Most lost birds are hungry and thirsty. Water is necessary before all else. Since pigeons drink by suction, any water container should be at least 1 in. (2.5 cm) deep. An open container, i.e., a dish, an old margarine container tub, etc., is best. While a thirsty bird may drink immediately, it also may not. A bird which has gone without water for a while is sometimes a bit less than itself. It may be so exhausted, it doesn't even realize that water is in front of it, especially if the water container you use is different from what it is familiar with. A trick I've often used is to trickle a few drops of water from on high into the container to make a splashing sound. When they hear that, most birds will invariably head to drink. If a bird looks really exhausted, Gatorade or other proprietary sports drink may be added to the water. A teaspoon or two per cup (250 ml) of water will help replenish electrolytes.
Food Pigeons are grain eaters. While park pigeons will eat bread, most domestic birds have been raised on a multi-grain mixture and have never seen a slice of it. In fact, they would likely ignore it as possible food. Instead of bread, you might try feeding them something else from around the house. Popcorn (maize), rice, split peas, barley, buckwheat (kasha), canary seed, etc., are all good first options to feed a lost bird with. THESE GRAINS SHOULD NOT BE COOKED OR POPPED BUT FED RAW. Water should also be provided since pigeons normally drink immediately after eating.
What Should I Keep It In? Any container that a dog or cat can't get into will be fine. An old bird cage will hold the pigeon for a day or so with no problem, as will a cardboard box - a screen on top of such a box is better than simply closing the flaps since there will then be enough light for the bird to see to eat and drink.
Finding the bird's owner. If the bird has a band on its leg, the owner can sometimes be traced through one of the national pigeon organizations. However, this is often not even necessary. After twenty-four to forty-eight hours rest with food and water, most homing pigeons are more than capable of finding their way home on their own. Simply release the bird in an area free of wires or other obstacles and it will usually head home immediately. NEVER try to attach a note to the owner by rubber banding it to the bird's leg. This merely cuts off the leg's blood circulation and often leads to gangrene and amputation of the limb. If you do want to attach a small note, tie it carefully to the middle two tail feathers.