Dolly & Ace
Sometime in September, a gentleman lost his home and surrendered his flock of 12 pigeons and a golden pheasant to Marin Humane Society. They are extremely lucky birds to wind up at this shelter where, rather than live indoors and isolated each in their own too small cage (as most shelter pigeons are housed), they get to live together as a flock in a large barn stall with an attached, mesh-covered outside area where they can lounge and sun/rain bathe and be birds.
On 10/7, MickaCoo volunteer Shae went to MHS assess the pigeons and their condition. While initially advertised as king pigeons, they are actually homers and fantails and most are doing well but there were a couple of special needs birds that Shae identified and then pulled to come into MickaCoo foster care. (Since we are past full, we can't take them all and so pull the injured or ill and leave the healthy ones for the shelter to adopt out.)
Ace, as Shae named him, was the first on the list. His overgrown beak was preventing him from being able to eat.
This incredibly tame and charming little fantail (named Dolly by my friend Gwen who was with me when we picked them up from transport volunteer and Wildcare staffer Kelle that night) flirted and teased Shae to be picked. She had been isolated from the other birds and, after some Pigeon Tetris calculations, was chosen to come into MickaCoo care as well.
Along with bullied and plucked Felix and ruptured feather-cyst Harper, they happily settled into the slow lane of foster care at my house.
Ace's beak was trimmed by the kind folks at WildCare and he was very happy to be able to once again eat! And then, he and Dolly started courting.
Dolly & Ace are now being fostered in the big and beautiful Wulf aviary in Berkeley and are available for adoption as a couple. Ace is no where near as comfy around people as Dolly is and so will need some space and understanding on that front as well as occasional beak trims (probably 3-4 times per year). If you're interested in adopting, please complete MickaCoo's online adoption application.