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We found an apparently injured pigeon on our doorstop and have been caring for it. It appears to be improving daily, but we are concerned about releasing it. We live in Kentucky and are approaching winter. How will this bird fare on it's own? Do pigeons normally migrate? Any suggestions you have will be most appreciated.

Assuming it is an ordinary rock dove, aka common pigeon, it will survive the winter just fine, as long as it doesn't get too much shock going from warm indoors to cold outdoors - acclimate it by keeping it a day or two in a cool "transition" zone, like an unheated garage, before letting it go outdoors.

J. Elliott

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