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Posted 24th February 2017, 05:41 PM
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Feet look sore


My new pigeon was found in the wild (city) but was very tame. We assume he must have been cared for by someone before but we also now he has been wild for months.

I noticed that the bottom of his feet don't look right. On both feet there is a large yellow scab that looks like it may peel off. Around that, his toes have some red areas. It looks painful and he shakes when pirched on anything smaller than 1-2 inches in diameter. Can pigeons get frostbite? He was probably outside on some very cold nights. Any ideas about what this is and how to treat it?

Let me know if the pic didn't work. I haven't posted pictures yet. I can get more also. Thanks so much.
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Posted 24th February 2017, 07:28 PM
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We took our bird tothe vet for this in the past. If there is not just poop stuck to it, like Phoebe had, it couldbe bumblefoot which requires careful cleaning and antibiotics. Thank you for helping him!
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Posted 24th February 2017, 11:50 PM
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Not sure what is causing that. Have you tried rubbing antibiotic cream into them?
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Posted 25th February 2017, 07:08 PM
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What kind of antibiotic cream would you recommend? Are there any safe people products? I read that epsom salts have been used for pigeons before. In people epsom salts can help soften feet and get rid of fungus. I don't want him to drink it. Is it ok if I soak a cloth in epsom salt water and put that on his foot? It seems that something had caused a layer of skin to die and that layer is still attached. It isn't swollen. It appears like a calluse. Both feet are nearly identical.

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Posted 25th February 2017, 10:14 PM
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Doesn't look like a fungus. Yes epsom salts can be used to soak his feet. The recommended strength is about one teaspoon of Epsom Salt mixed in with one gallon of clean, warm water.
They do have pigeons salts also. Use an antibiotic cream. something like Neosporin cream, or something like it. Don't use the one with the pain reliever in it though, as I've heard that it can be toxic to birds.
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