June Bug was rescued from the middle of a street in Union City on 5/5 by a young man who recognized that she was in trouble and needed help. His mom made a bunch of calls and eventually was referred to me. On 5/7, she drove this stray king pij to Hayward Animal Control so that I could pick her up at the same time as I was picking up a king pigeon they'd been caring for (Abby).
June is emaciated (weighing only 420 grams) and sick but showing no symptoms except lethargy and a motor control issue (scatters rather than eats seeds). She's being kept on heat and is getting supplemental feeding and antibiotics. She's definitely not getting worse and may be getting a little better. She's got car grease on her feathers, probably from her time spent hiding under them.
June Bug had PMV, I believe, just like Frances. And like him, I hand fed her every piece of feed she ate for over six weeks. Unlike Frances, she never came to like me. She was hungry and she wanted to be fed but she didn't want to have anything else to do with me. Which is fine with me. I love how each of these birds is an individual and I don't try to change them.
June Bug is making great progress in her recovery and actually flies up to the high perch in the coop. (Frances still can't fly.)
June Bug is doing great and has been playing the field for the past couple of months. There have been quite a few bachelor pigeons courting her including Peppermint, Tiptoes, Austin and Sesame but she has made her choice and is going with teeny, tiny Bandit.
She and Bandit don't have a good nest spot figured out yet. They spend a lot of their time courting on top of Bean & Blanco's nest tower but, when Bean's on the fake eggs and Blanco's off duty, he chases them off.
Also, June Bug has been immortalized (and is raising funds for MickaCoo) thanks to this great graphic volunteer Barna cooked up and that supporter Lizz turned into T-shirts as a fundraiser.
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June Bug has been the most eligible hen in my coop for a long time and she had her choice of mates. There were two flightless kings courting her- Peppermint and Sesame, each who already had a nestbox ready for her to move into and two flighted fancy pigeons- Austin and Bandit, both half her size and neither with "property".
For reasons known only to herself and on her own schedule, June Bug finally decided to choose a mate and she chose Bandit- a teeny, tiny helmet pigeon literally half her size. I don't know what made her choose Bandit but he is as cute as Brad Pitt was in Thelma & Louise. Cute.
For the longest time, they tried to build their nest just sitting on the top of Bean & Blanco's nest tower and everytime somebody flapped their wings, the whole thing blew away.
Then, a couple of days later, I saw a hanging basket at Lowe's and I bought one for them. They loved it and moved in almost immediately.