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Posted 29th November 2011, 07:14 PM
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Pigeon cannot fly and walks in circles


First off thank you in advance.
I live in Pittsburgh I found a pigeon on my Porch about 2-3 months ago. I put Out food and hoped he just needed rest and would leave. Well about 2 weeks later he was still there, so I broght him in, fed him and put him in a dark dog carrier with a heating pad under one end. I found your site (it was the only one that didn't make pigeons out to be filthy animals) and tried to keep him well fed and relaxed. It's been 3 months now and he is doing very well, but when I take him out to walk and try to fly he just can't fly no matter how hard he flaps his wings and walks in circles part of the time.
What can I do? Please help!


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Posted 30th November 2011, 12:39 AM
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Hi

Have you seen other odd symptoms like any of those below

http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/f107/p...eon-12250.html

If we can either confirm or discount that, it may narrow it down some
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Posted 8th December 2011, 05:24 PM
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I have a pigeon that is also walking in circles. He twists his head right around. Can anyone help with an answer? thanks
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Hi

Take a look at the post before, with the link in it. Check out the link. Let us know if any other symptoms apply.

BTW - it's always best to start a new thread rather than post on the end of someone else's, in case your post doesn't get picked up
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Could it be an old modena? or a fantail? sometimes they cant or dont fly
Can you post a pic?
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Tilt head, walks aroudn in circle. Sometimes i find her on her back, cannot get back


Hello. I could not work out how to start a new post? No she isn't a faintail she is an adult blue/grey pigeon. I wil post a pic for you. thanks
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Posted 11th December 2011, 01:46 PM
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Hi John D. Yes she does have alot of those symptoms, except her pooh is formed nicely and looks normal. I have been hand feedign her pigeon peas 3 times a day. She is geeting stronger and has started hitting me with her wing and growling at me, I figure this is a good sign. I keep her in the cage to keep her confined because when I let her out she wlaks arudn in backward cirlces. thanks
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Here is a picture of her sleeping, notice her head is down.
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jodie there is a serious pigeon disease in aussie at the moment I hope its nothing like that. I'm sorry but your pigeon doesnt look good. I do hope you can keep it comfortable and god willing it will get better
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Hi Jodie

That looks like a typically 'zonked out' PMV case to me. We have one I rescued around 3 years back, we call 'Sleepsalot', because that is exactly what she did. Would be doing relatively normal things (except for flying) and suddenly go into an apparently deep sleep standing up. She still does it today, though apart from flight she recovered from PMV within a few weeks. I would just follow the care instructions and keep your pigeon safe. (In fact, yours looks almost identical to my 'Sleepie').
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jodie there is a serious pigeon disease in aussie at the moment I hope its nothing like that. I'm sorry but your pigeon doesnt look good. I do hope you can keep it comfortable and god willing it will get better
Seems like the virus is spreading, as is pretty much inevitable
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At times like this I'm glad we dont import birds to our country anymore. but you would think migrationary birds like geese, swans and sea birds could spread disease to our country

I guess only pigeons carry it
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At times like this I'm glad we dont import birds to our country anymore. but you would think migrationary birds like geese, swans and sea birds could spread disease to our country

I guess only pigeons carry it
Well, this particular problem is Pigeon Paramyxovirus (Pigeon PMV-1) but there are other types of PMV (PMV-2, PMV-3, etc.) which do occur amongst different bird species in the wild.
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Hi, I'm in Pittsburgh, you can call me 412 418-1539
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Well, this particular problem is Pigeon Paramyxovirus (Pigeon PMV-1) but there are other types of PMV (PMV-2, PMV-3, etc.) which do occur amongst different bird species in the wild.
Hi John. Yes PMV has just hit Melbourne Australia about 4 months ago. My bird has very well formed poo so I am hoping it is not PMV. I read that PMV birds have watery poo? Jodie
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