What can I do to stop this happening again?
Hello, how are you going? My name is Christina and I live in Australia. We have a flock of pigeons who visit our backyard every day and we feed them and give them water and love them a lot. In January this year the beautiful white one got sick and I called the vet who gave him an antibiotic injection and medicine (tribrissin tablets) but then half way through his treatment he disappeared :-(
Then, one month later, another bird had exactly the same symptoms- diarhhea, sitting still and all fluffed up, not maving much and not eating and looking tired and weak and sick. So since he had the same symptoms as the first bird and I still had a lot of the tablets left, I gave him the same tablets but he passed away a few days later:-(
Then a month later, I saw one night at dusk a grey pigeon on the ground in our backyard who had the same symptoms. I called the vet right away on the phone right away but the vet said that he couldnt come till morning. In the morning when I went outside to get the bird so the vet could help him, I found the bird dead :-(
Then just last week it happened again :-( I found another grey pigeon with the same symptoms. I called a vet to our house and he said that the bird was fine and then he made me pay him. What a scammer he was. But I knew that the bird was not fine so 2 days later I took the bird to an avain vet by taxi. The avian vet did tests and xrays on him, something the first vet had never done, and he told me that the bird is very sick and that he has a 40% - 50% chance of surviving. He said that he had parasites and worms and that they had eaten everything inside him and that he was very skinny and that his breast bone stuck out, even though I feed the birds a lot of good food. I said I would pay anything to make him better, which I did. But then the poor bird passed away :-(
I asked the avain vet to tell me EXACTLY what the bird had so that I could do research on how to avoid it ever happening again to any of the other birds. The vet said that my bird had parasites and worms and I said what are the names of what he had EXACTLY and the avain vet said he had capillaria and coccidia. I then asked him what can I do to prevent it ever happening again to the rest of the other birds in the backyard, and he said "you can't do anything to prevent it"
I refuse to beleive that there is nothing I can do to prevent this happening again. Surely there is something I can put in their water bowl or on their food or something, anything at all, to prevent this terrbile thing from happening again. Especially since my beautiful new white dove from the animal shelter now lives with this same flock and they play togethr all day and they eat and drink together and they have all bonded very well, and I love all the birds in the flock too much
I am also scared as I was patting and feeding the sick bird and my new white dove together at the same time, 2 days before the grey one died, as I didn;t realise that what he had could be contagious as he was much better then and he could still walk and fly up onto a chair to sit and walk to the water bowl still, 2 days before he died.
I am scared now that the white dove and the other birds might have caught something off him. Are those 2 things very contagious by what I did- feeding them all and patting them all at the same time? What should I do?
Thanks heaps for your time,I do appreciate it a lot.
Kind Regards, from Christina