pigeons eating dust?

by Sana Samad Khan
(Muzaffarabad, Pakistan)

My pigeons eat lots of dust particles, cement and they even start pecking in the garden. even their droplings are very watery, their cage is also wet all the time. Although we clean it after every few days. how can we prevent it? whats the reason? please tell me in detail. and yes, they are absolutely healthy and even produce offspring. They are fine but they eat lots of soil, dust and cement as well.

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May 14, 2010
Pigeons eating dirt
by: The Avian Vet

Pigeons need grit to digest their food. So they eat dirt and other grit to help with digestion. Cement may not be the best thing so if you can offer them something better such as commercial grit then that is better.

The loose droppings are likely unrelated, but is significant. Watery droppings can be caused by many things such as egg laying, bacterial infection, viral infections, and other. You should have a veterinarian look at your birds.

Dr B

May 12, 2010
Tell me some medicine
by: Sana

I am sure you've read that I am from Pakistan and I kind of live in an are where vets are almost immpossible. Can you please suggest some home remedies or some medicines. Please tell me!!

May 11, 2010
pigeons eating dust?
by: Linda

Okay, straight to the point. Your birds are NOT HEALTHY, and they are sick is why the droppings are so runny and wet. They all need to be taken to an Avian(bird) vet to be diagnosed as to what kind of bacterial infection/parasite they have and then treated with medicine appropriate for the infection/parasite.

Eating soil leads to worms, and eating cement leads to poisoning, so your birds are in desperate need of an Avian Vet. We discourage taking birds to regular dog and cat vets as they are not licensed and trained in caring for birds, and birds are difficult to treat because they have no fat and hollow bones and all. So try and find an Avian vet in your area even if it means driving a ways to get birds to them.

Your birds probably have worms, so they'll need to also be checked for that. Worm eggs can usually be found in the droppings so take a few FRESH samples when you go to vet.

Again, your birds are sick and will eventually die if not treated. Just because they are eating now is not a sign of health. In fact, they will most likely go off feed as they become sicker and then death is right around the corner.

Thanks for writing and let us know how everything goes.


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