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sunsettractor sunsettractor is offline
Posted 26th June 2019, 09:59 PM
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Is this Pigeons cere ok?


Any opinions about the cere of this bird? Several of his flock mates were beating up on him, we removed him to treat that but my Wife is concerned about the scaly appearance of the cere, we don't know the history of him, we have had him for about a year, they live in an outside coop.
I believe he was this way when he moved in, Thanks for any replies...Tom
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Posted 27th June 2019, 05:50 AM
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It’s a bit early for molting and that feather loss, I would treat him and the coop and all birds for mites. But some families and breeds of pigeons do have large bumpy ceres. I’m more concerned with that feather loss.
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Posted 27th June 2019, 01:18 PM
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Thank You for the reply,
A person that was a vet tech at a local to us Vet, had this group of pigeons, most were according to her, birds that customers or friends had found injured, and because she was a vet tech, everyone brought to her for rehab. Over time, the number of birds grew. We acquired this group of birds when the person was abruptly booted out of her living area and asked us if we could "take care" of her babies until she could get a stable place to live.
She kept in contact with us for a couple of weeks, then fell off the face of the earth, leaving all these birds in a tiny coop for us to care for, it hasn't been easy.
This bird, and a couple others, have had some missing head feathers at least since they came to live here, we were told one was a possible hawk attack , and others may have been victims of other predators, others have physical or possibly neurological issues and can not be released.
When nesting started this season, we started seeing the ugly side of pigeon behavior, the underdogs started getting beat up and have had to be separated, this one is the latest one to be bullied.
Most of the birds have very nice plumage, and seem healthy, this one took quite a pecking before we realized it was happening. We have treated birds in the past for mites with good results, Do You or any other members have a recommendation of a treatment concerning the look of this bird?
I need to design and build a much larger home for these kids, the confined space they are in now is not healthy for them, but it is all that we have at this time.
We are in the desert in San Bernardino county, so because of the bird quarantines ect, re homing is not an option, any suggestions or ideas that would help make these birds comfortable and safe would be very welcome, Thanks...Tom
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Posted 28th June 2019, 09:08 AM
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Thank You for the reply,
A person that was a vet tech at a local to us Vet, had this group of pigeons, most were according to her, birds that customers or friends had found injured, and because she was a vet tech, everyone brought to her for rehab. Over time, the number of birds grew. We acquired this group of birds when the person was abruptly booted out of her living area and asked us if we could "take care" of her babies until she could get a stable place to live.
She kept in contact with us for a couple of weeks, then fell off the face of the earth, leaving all these birds in a tiny coop for us to care for, it hasn't been easy.
This bird, and a couple others, have had some missing head feathers at least since they came to live here, we were told one was a possible hawk attack , and others may have been victims of other predators, others have physical or possibly neurological issues and can not be released.
When nesting started this season, we started seeing the ugly side of pigeon behavior, the underdogs started getting beat up and have had to be separated, this one is the latest one to be bullied.
Most of the birds have very nice plumage, and seem healthy, this one took quite a pecking before we realized it was happening. We have treated birds in the past for mites with good results, Do You or any other members have a recommendation of a treatment concerning the look of this bird?
I need to design and build a much larger home for these kids, the confined space they are in now is not healthy for them, but it is all that we have at this time.
We are in the desert in San Bernardino county, so because of the bird quarantines ect, re homing is not an option, any suggestions or ideas that would help make these birds comfortable and safe would be very welcome, Thanks...Tom
Yes, if they are crowded then itís stressful and they fight over space , so you already know they need more room so that is what I would advise. Two perches per bird and enough room to fly up on them 5 to 6 ft high. 2 ft per bird is a good rule of thumb, but the more room the better.

The large Ceres can be seen in older pigeons and certain breeds of pigeons or certain genetic lines. If you google image pigeons breeds you will see a few breeds with the large Ceres.
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Posted 28th June 2019, 04:53 PM
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