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Posted 29th June 2019, 09:49 AM
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Gorgeous bird! Thank you for helping him.
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Albertalynne Albertalynne is offline
Posted 30th June 2019, 07:11 PM
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So he hasn’t been doing great. His poop went a solid green yesterday but by today it has started to get a bit more white it seems like he can’t close his one eye and has a hard time opening the other. He is barely standing on his own we have him wrapped and in a box his head is right down he hasn’t been able to lift it at all and he’s had a couple of seizures. We have been force feeding him peas like you instructed so I think that’s helping him a bit also giving him electrolyte water and regular water. It seems like he has lost some feathers around his beak and neck. I’m hoping this is just the worst part of it and can still recover. Also when I was feeding him last time I noticed a couple times he would swallow the pea but then when I opened his beak up I could see the pea at the very back of his throat but it looked like he had swallowed. So I gave him a minute and he spit it back up. Am I maybe feeding him to fast? Or is there another reason this may be happeneing I slowed right down after that (i was already going fairly slow but maybe it was still to fast) at that point I had given him about 30 peas so I gave him one more and some water and stopped. I’m feeling helpless like he isn’t going to survive bc he looks so bad compared to when I got him. Also is there a way to clean him that won’t stress him out or hurt him bc he pooped on himself so he has poop stuck to the feathers around his butt and feet. Thank you all for all your advice just trying to keep this guy alive but I’m afraid I may be making him worse. I have been watching video after video and reading every article I can find on PMV and pigeons in general. But I’m still so worried. Thank you all so much for everything!
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Posted 30th June 2019, 07:16 PM
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This is what either side of his head looks like one eye barely opens the other won’t shut. And he’s barely moving
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Posted 30th June 2019, 10:14 PM
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Where are you located? I usually give them antibiotics to prevent secondary infection and sometimes they need sub q fluids. Have you looked for a vet or rehabber who would be able to help you?
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Posted 30th June 2019, 10:31 PM
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Losing feathers and difficulty in swallowing can be signs of canker. Sometimes there are yellowish growths in the back of the throat, if you can open his beak and check with a flashlight.

This can be easily treated with metronidazole, 40-50 mg once daily for 7-10 days. If you have a large petshop closeby, try to get Meditrich by Medpet for canker treatment in pigeons. Otherwise try to get the metronidazole from a pharmacy.

His droppings will be greenish when being fed peas. You can always split the pea in half if too big for him. Try to keep him warm. A hotwaterbottle covered with a small blanket will do.
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Posted 30th June 2019, 10:34 PM
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I know the seizures are horrible too watch, but remember he is not in pain. It's all neurological.
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Posted 1st July 2019, 09:41 AM
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I don't know if this could help but you could make a cup of chamomile tea (without added sugar) or a mallow infusion and try to wash twice a day his eyes with one of them (of course, be careful to find the right temperature, not cold not hot, slightly warm). You can use an eye dropper.

There are also some products like this one

https://www.cocooncenter.co.uk/bausc...5ml/20726.html

which are good for washing eyes. I used it too when I had conjunctivitis.

It's important to keep his vent area clean from poop because in the bad case (too many poops stuck on the feathers) he could stop to poop. Try to gently remove them with a damp paper towel (use warm water) or a damp handkerchief. If the droppings are crusty you need to soften them before removing them.

If you need to soften the poops on his feet, you could put some warm water in a small bowl or a flower pot saucer and put his feet inside it.
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Posted 1st July 2019, 01:36 PM
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Our pidget died last night in his sleep. 😢 thank you everyone for all your advice and help I truly appreciate it. Im so sad but I’m trying to remember that we gave him the best last few days possible bc he didn’t die alone in the wild or get eaten by another animal.
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Posted 1st July 2019, 01:37 PM
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Hopefully if we find another sick pigeon next time we will know what to do better.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 1st July 2019, 10:08 PM
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I'm sorry you lost him, thanks for trying to help.
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Posted 2nd July 2019, 03:07 AM
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I'm really sorry you lost him.

I know how you feel but, as you said, at, least he spent his last days loved and cared by you, this is important.

A big hug.
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Posted 2nd July 2019, 04:15 AM
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So sad that he didn't make it.
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Posted 3rd July 2019, 10:17 PM
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Lead?


Hi there
I know that pigeons in NY ( I didn't get where you are) get lead poisoning from drinking the street water. If you are in NY you could take him to the Wild Bird Fund- on the Upper West Side. They are amazing and they will take care of him.You can donate something.

Lead can paralyze them - the one I found couldn't fly- they kept him 6 weeks and leeched the lead out and released him in perfect health to central park.
Maybe if he is wobbly it is his neurological system which is what lead poisoning effects.

Best of luck - you are kind to take care of him.
Sheila
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