A grey pigeon who doesn't seem well

by christina
(victoria, australia)

Hello, how are you going? A while ago, my white dove got a bacterial infection and then he disappeared half way through his course of tablets :-( Now I have seen a grey pigeon in our backyard who is starting to act just like the white dove did just before he got sick. This grey bird sits apart from the rest of the flock and he didnt fly home last night and he pretends to eat bird seed, but when I look close up, what he does is he takes bits of birdseed in his mouth as if he is eating them, but then he drops them out of his mouth. His pupils (those black dots in his eyes) also look bigger during the day than usaul

So I put him in a cage and called a vet to our house. When the vet came it was night time so the vet put a torch on the bird and examined him. The vet said that the bird is fine because there was no diareha on the cage floor that the bird had been in all day he said. He also looked at the birds feathers and bum and in his eyes with a torch and said he looked fine. He said that the bird is a bit skinny as the other birds might push him out the way at feeding time, as he might be a bird who does not like to fight for his food.

He felt his chest and said that he has indeed been eating as he can feel birdseed in his crop. But he said I should feed him soft bread cut up small, and soaked wheat and soaked proodge till he puts on a bit more weight, and then I can put him back out with the other birds in the backyard.

Does all that sound right to you? I am still scared that something is wrong woth him. Should I get a test done on his poo to see if anything is wrong? There is an avain vet who says I can post samples of his droppings and he will check them and analyse them. If I am still worried about this bird having a bacterial infection, or something else wrong with him, what signs should I watch out for? Does this bird really seem okay do you think? If he gets worse, should I get a second opinion?

Thanks heaps for your time, I do appreciate it a lot :-) Kind Regards, from Christina in Australia :-)

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May 17, 2010
Sick pigeon in Australia
by: Dr B

Christina: His pupils (those black dots in his eyes) also look bigger during the day than usual.

Dr B: This bird is definitely sick.

Christina: So I put him in a cage and called a vet to our house. When the vet came it was night time so the vet put a torch on the bird and examined him. The vet said that the bird is fine because there was no diareha on the cage floor that the bird had been in all day he said.

Christina: He felt his chest and said that he has indeed been eating as he can feel birdseed in his crop. But he said I should feed him soft bread cut up small, and soaked wheat and soaked proodge till he puts on a bit more weight, and then I can put him back out with the other birds in the backyard.

Dr B: Maybe mix in a little peanut butter.

Christina: Does all that sound right to you? I am still scared that something is wrong with him. There is something wrong.

Dr B: It is likely an infection, but may be something else.

Christina: Should I get a test done on his poo to see if anything is wrong?

Dr B: Yes, diagnostics are necessary to determine what is causing the illness. Blood work and cultures would be a good start.

Christina: There is an avain vet who says I can post samples of his droppings and he will check them and analyse them. If I am still worried about this bird having a bacterial infection, or something else wrong with him, what signs should I watch out for?

Dr B: No eating, no poops, lethargy, sleeping more than usual.

Christina: Does this bird really seem okay do you think?

Dr B: No.

Christina: If he gets worse, should I get a second opinion?

Dr B: Yes, you should get a second opinion.


May 11, 2010
A grey pigeon who doesn't seem well
by: Linda

GooDay Australia and welcome to our site!

Your bird is sick and needs the attention of an Avian Vet right away. The tests from stool samples are not reliable, so you must take birds in person to Avian vet and have them do a throat swab which will show whether or not there is a bacterial infection present. This could be a viral infection, so proper tests need to be done there as well. Just because there are seeds in crop DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE BEING DIGESTED, so the Avian vet is your only hope of saving these birds. The white one that flew off maybe dead by now, so all birds in your flock will need to be treated for whatever this is. It could also be a parasite from either the ground, other birds or water.Take fresh stool samples from all the birds to test for parasite eggs. Basically, if one has an infection or parasite, they ALL do, so not necessary to get sample of every single bird, just a random sampling will be fine.

Call the Avian vet and make arrangements to take the birds in as soon as you can. You'll also need to clean out coop and grounds with a good antibacterial cleaner that is safe for birds. Tracie carries that here, so you may wish to check it out. It comes in a concentrated form that can be diluted with water and goes a long way. Make sure all birds are removed from coop BEFOER USING THE CLEANER because if it gets on them or in their eyes or noses, it will cause more problems than you already have.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say when you have time to write again.

Linda

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