This link mentions some diseases I have heard brought up on the forum, but also contains some conditions, which ~could~ affect pigeons I would think, but it seems that chickens and turkeys (poultry, I guess) are mentioned as being affected. So, do not know if you think it is valuable or not. Have a look, if you feel it's okay, let it stay, I guess. If not, please feel free to delete.
Afew links to help
The Medical Formulary
SETTING A BROKEN LEG:
Unfortunately it happens that a baby (or adult bird) suffers from a broken leg ... The following advice was given from a vet: "Cut two pieces of 'cloth' adhesive tape, align the bones as well as possible and place one piece of tape on one side and the other piece opposite. Squeeze the tapes together down each side of the tape with forceps, as close to the bone as possible, and then cut the tape close to leg, maybe 1/16". After this, run a bead of 'super glue' down both seams and let dry. The super glue holds the edges together and also strengthens the tape, ”A perfect little cast."
RESETTING BROKEN TOES (SMALL BIRDS):
Breeders have successfully used super glue to "weld" the broken toe to the neighboring toe. Eventually the toes become unglued on their own and the broken toe is perfect.
Cats commonly have Pasteurella bacteria as part of their natural flora. While this bacteria is ubiquitous in cats and does them no harm, it is DEADLY to birds. Even if you cat just bats your bird or gets saliva on your bird, you could end up with a dead bird. Also, if your bird has a persistent problem with itching and other skin issues and you have a cat, this could be a cause and your vet should be asked to screen for this bacteria. If your bird is ever in a confrontation with a cat, take him to the vet immediately even if there are NO apparent wounds. The bird could still have been exposed to this bacteria. You should get your bird to a vet the same day if you think it has come in physical contact with a cat's saliva, feces, or food. This bacteria means even friendly relationships between cats and birds are not safe. Period.
These are much smaller than the average housefly and are found in lofts especially in the south. They can carry disease. If your pigeons fly with quick, lively movements be sure to check under the feathers of the
pigeons as they seem to rest there. Keep the nests clear and destroy any larvae which resembles small lead shot, then spray the loft and the birds.
I found a link that concerns this issue here;
These or quite different from lice and very hard to control if you have large numbers of pigeons. These mites will get into tiny crevices and cracks in the nest boxes and lofts and they feed at night by sucking blood. They will appear like tiny flakes of black pepper. Consult your local feed store for a good mite powder that can be used for pigeons.
I found the following link's concerning this issue.
These are the most common of pests on pigeons and are very small but still visible to the naked eye. Examine your birds regular as these are not bloodsucking insects but they do live off the pigeon's skin scales and feathers and never leave. In the warm months they rapidly multiply.
Some links pretaining to this issue.
This is a protozoan infection and is very common in pigeons. Adult birds can get it but it strikes mostly the squabs in the next, symptoms of
this canker are lesions in the mouth or throat with a yellowish-white substance.
Links that help.
Pigeons get colds just like humans and dampness in the loft is a major cause of colds.
Usually if you will make sure your loft has no drafts your pigeons will have fewer colds. Keep the birds warm when sick and administer cod liver oil to keep up their strength. Consult your feed store for an ointment or suggestions to help open the nostrils and make breathing easier.
Links concerning this issue.
Watch your pigeons, if their throat is parched, if they have difficulty in breathing, have fever or just look sick it could be pneumonia. Be sure to keep drafts away from them and keep the area warm. Consult your feed store for antibiotic drugs to help.
If pigeons are exposed to drafts or dampness in the winter roup can occur, the symptoms are similar to a cold, then a nasal discharge changes to a pus like mucus and will clog the nostrils. Be sure to isolate the sick
birds and disinfect the loft and all utensils. Consult your local feed store for remedies to help clear up roop.
The pip. A disease of domestic fowl resembling diphtheria. [Appleton1904]
Usually this occurs after a pigeon has eaten sour or moldy grain or unseasoned grain. Remove any grain you suspect is not perfect and feed corn and small grains till the pigeon is improved. You might try a dose of caster oil or Epsom salts to clear out the bird's system.
With this disease the flesh will waste away and the pigeon will look sick and have diarrhea. This is a symptom of another problem, consult someone for help in curing this. Rehydrate the bird and then feed with foods that are easy to digest or feed with baby bird formula.
Sometimes a hen will have problems in passing an egg, if you will bathe the vent with a little warm water and take a medicine dropper and put a warm olive oil on it the egg will just pass on out.
Links to help.
Sites where one will find supplies to treat a variety of medical conditions.
FIRST AID KIT.
BIRD PROOFING YOUR HOUSE
National Pigeon Association/Dr. James Gratz DVM.
EMERGENCY BABY BIRD FEEDING;
Keep the egg shells from breakfast, microwave them for 1 minute to kill any bacteria, let them cool, then chop them up fine, provide this to your birds to suppliment calcium.
One can also crush up a tablet of (tums) and add to the water, this is also an excelent means of Calcium.
Please see links to help pt 2, below.
Last edited by TAWhatley; 28th April 2005 at 10:52 AM.
Exotic Pet Vet
Link courtesy of Marian Isaac:
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