Baby pigeon Fenimore was found last summer abandoned on a sidewalk after a poultry show. A vet tech brought her to Olive's Place Dove & Pigeon Sanctuary. Sweet Fenimore seemed like a typical young pigeon at first, but after several months she had not developed as typical of birds her age. She had not become fully feathered or started to fly, and she was often tired. We brought Fenimore to the Boren Veterinary Hospital for a checkup and ran multiple tests. She underwent a scan which revealed accumulated fatty tissue, and a fatty mass by her liver. Ruling out other common problems, we suspect hypothyroidism, and our vets strongly suggested testing to be certain before starting treatment. There is little in the medical literature about this issue in birds (let alone pigeons specifically) - so documenting Fenimore's case may help future birds.
Fenimore is a feisty, curious girl, and we want to give her a happy life here at the sanctuary. We're committed to seeing her develop into an adult and being able to fly. Her vet costs thus far have totaled about $1200, and we expect another $300-500 for a follow-up scan and bloodwork - in addition to potential medication costs and travel to vet visits. Fenimore will appreciate any help her fans can contribute!