SFACC was full up and I was picking up kings and chickens on 10/8 to take to the Marin Humane Society who very generously provides a nice big barn stall to king pigeons (and fowl) that have run out of time when MickaCoo is full up when I met Skyscraper.
Skyscraper is a baby king pigeon, approximately 5 weeks old, with a fractured wing. She was found as a stray on 10/3 near Natoma and First in downtown SF. We stopped at Central Marin Cats and Exotics Hospital on the way to MHS and Dr. Bacon looked at her wing. It was healing on its own, had a callous of scar tissue that had surrounded the break and was already stable (no popping or crackling).
I set Skyscraper and Dee Dee Detroit up on my kitchen counter hospital for a day and the next day, MickaCoo foster mom and volunteer Sherri came to pick her up.
Sky, as Sherri calls her, began to eat less and lose weight, the opposite of what is supposed to happen and so on 10/15 we took her to For the Birds avian vet.
Sky's fractured wing joint was found to be septic and so she was put on antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory.
She seemed perkier the next day but still didn't eat enough and continued to lose weight despite Sherri's efforts to coax her to eat up to and including hand feeding. Sky is now back at the vet. To donate towards her vet bill, please click and here and follow the directions. Thank you.
Skyscraper came home from the vet needing hand feeding and so stayed with me. As Sky grew stronger, I decided he was a he instead of a she (still too early to know for sure but seems so). He has a dear and sweet nature and his pictures show the comedian in him.
Sky definitely stole my heart and while I was thrilled to have him adopted by MickaCoo supporter Barna, it was hard to say goodbye. I miss him and am extremely grateful to Barna for opening his home and his heart to this sweet king. Sky is doing great, growing up, managing to fly some despite his wonky wing, making pigeon friends with Zoe, Johnny Pijj, Maggie and Winter and has truly won the king pigeon lotto in this life.