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rudyard rudyard is offline
Posted 31st August 2019, 06:12 PM
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Pet with diarrhea, might be from feral

Hey folks, maybe 3 weeks ago a feral bird (one I'd formerly rehabbed) broke in to the house and ate my birds' food. About that time (may or may not be relevant) my birds started getting soft stools, the largest, a 610g King started getting diarrhea, especially for the cecal poop in the morning. Subsequent droppings were better formed but often there was a second clear drop. I'd give them their calcium supplement in the water for one day, the rest of the days a combo of pigeon probiotics and apple cider vinegar.

Seemed to slowly improve then this morning the cecal poop on the king was complete wet diarrhea. Never sure what route to take. Bird is active, runs and flies up and down the hall when not on nest duty. Mouth and throat are clean.

Meds I have on hand:
powdered Nystatin (Medstatin), 400 000 i.u./g
liquid 20% Amprolium (CORID)
pill form Metrodinazole

and lastly
Enrofloxacin 10% unfortunately powdered to be added to water so useless to determine dose (1 teaspoon per 1 gallon of non-chlorinated water for 5-7 consecutive days)

I'm ordering antibiotics in pill form but they don't open until Monday so another 5 days?


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Posted 31st August 2019, 07:21 PM
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Hi, do you have electrolytes if you do give it to the birds for 2 days. if you don't have electrolytes you can make your own. receipe #1- six level teaspoons of sugar, half level teaspoon of salt, add to 1 liter of clean drinking water receipe#2 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 table spoons of brown sugar or honey or molasses add to 2 cups of water. Beachwood
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Posted 31st August 2019, 07:25 PM
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thanks BW, probably a good idea. I did come in to find this small chicken-sized bird had flown up on the kitchen table and was delicately pecking salt crystals off the top of the salt shaker. I said, "salt isn't great for pigeons" ... did I get listened to?
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Posted 3rd September 2019, 05:57 AM
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Pigeons can carry zoonotic diseased so wash your hands well and watch them being around places you eat, esp if they are having diarrhea.

As far as the pic goes, I’ve seen worse, some times if they drink too much , like while bathing..or hormonal changes can cause stool to be different, and what they eat.

I wouldn’t automatically run for the meds, they can cause diarrhea even worse so.
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