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Posted 11th December 2016, 11:17 PM
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My pigeon cannot walk


Hi...my chinese owl pigeon which is 6 weeks old cannot walk and it permanently stretches its right wing.When we got him he was able to walk.but a week later he was not able to walk anymore.For About 10 days .He then suddenly started walking again,nut yesterday he fell from a 20 centimeter hight and as from the he cannot walk anymore and he permanently stretches his right wing.We got him when he was about 3 weeks old.

Hope you guys can help and maybe even tell me what to do.
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Posted 12th December 2016, 05:55 AM
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Could you please post a photo? Is he eating and drinking? What is he eating? Hope he will be ok soon. When he fell did he land on a hard surface?
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Do you give him calcium and vitamin D3 supplement? As he's growing I think it's wise to add some to his water a few times a week, even if he has grit. I give my five house pigeons calcivet two/three times a week in their water and have done since hand rearing them. Even if your boy has access to the suns ray's I'd still give it because he's growing. Is he using his wing to help him balance do you think?
I know from other posts that pigeons can go 'off their feet' if they are lacking calcium.
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Hi...my chinese owl pigeon which is 6 weeks old cannot walk and it permanently stretches its right wing.When we got him he was able to walk.but a week later he was not able to walk anymore.For About 10 days .He then suddenly started walking again,nut yesterday he fell from a 20 centimeter hight and as from the he cannot walk anymore and he permanently stretches his right wing.We got him when he was about 3 weeks old.

Hope you guys can help and maybe even tell me what to do.
The baby pigeon should of been left with the parent birds longer , 4 to 6 weeks is weaning time. Not being able to fly yet he should be kept on the floor.

If you can not get a vet to do X-rays then he needs to be kept still confined in a crate with soft material , food and water of course.

He does need a calcium supplement .

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My pigeon is eating and drinking.I feed him garden food mix as well as sunflower seeds,oats and sesame seeds.Yes...when he fell he did fall on a hard surface,but as you know he was a weak bird before the time anyway.He uses his wings as crutches and he puts his beak on things in order to pull himself.I live in Africa (Namibia) so i do not really have access to so many things... so today I bought a parrot beak trimmer....on the packet was written that it is a source of calcium and iodine...i crushed it and mixed some with his food...Is that fine?If it is not fine, am i allowed to give him calcium which is actually meant for humans.I will send a photo as soon as possible.
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Posted 12th December 2016, 08:38 AM
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Should i massage his feet or anything like that.
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Posted 12th December 2016, 08:39 AM
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And does any body know why his rightwing is always being stretched.
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Posted 12th December 2016, 08:59 AM
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Those are the photos you asked for.
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The bird may using the wing to balance, it's hard to say. Only so much can be done over the internet. what I think you described is a cuttle bone is a source of calcium, but a young bird may not know to eat it. I would put a liquid calcium in his drinking water, preferable clean sterile drinking water. You may find that at a pet shop, I do not know what is available there, but if you are online you can order things. He needs to not be held if his keel bone has need damaged.

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HE gets dirty as he can not stand up while pooing.
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HE gets dirty as he can not stand up while pooing.
A soak in warm water with baby shampoo can help with that, just go slow and handle with care.
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Are your bird exposed to sunlight on a regular basis? This will help absorbing calcium into the body.
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I think he got the pigeon too young, and it injured its self from falling. The sunlight is important though as they mature.
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Cute birdie. Hopefully he will recover soon. Pigeons are very tough. Our first pigeon had a broken wing and was nearly decapitated but with vet care and TLC recovered nicely. Would baby the little guy and I hope he will start recovering. Liquid calcium as people have suggested would help as he cannot chew on a cuttlebone at his age. Thank you for helping him.
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I agree that he should have been left with his parents at that age. Makes no sense to have taken him away so young. And yes, if he can't fly, then shouldn't have been where he could have fallen.
Was he holding the wing out like that before he fell?
If he was weak before, it was probably because of taking him from his parents too soon. Probably isn't getting enough to eat, and he needs a better source of calcium. Something in the drinking water would be good, but can use calcium and D3 tablets for people, if you get a low dose, and maybe quarter it, and put a piece down his throat for a few days, and see if it helps.
Do his legs line up right, or is one out to the side when he is sitting.
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