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Posted 15th March 2019, 10:22 AM
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Pigeon Found Yesterday Evening


Hello, everyone!

My partner and I found a pigeon yesterday while walking to the park with our dogs. The pigeon was found in the median of a major roadway on the ground. It had bloodshot eyes and blood coming out of its beak. We flushed its eyes with saline solution and the blood subsided yesterday, but the eyes continue to appear slightly red today. We cleaned the bird under running water to remove the blood from its beak and it reacted as a bathing pigeon would. Today we haven't observed any blood coming from the beak. There is no obvious damage to the feathers.

There is one other interesting thing that the bird is doing. It is continuously moving its head in a side to side sweeping motion repeatedly. I have never seen this behavior in a healthy pigeon before.

The bird hasn't drank or ate anything in the past 14 hours, but has made a bowel movement.

Last night, we kept him indoors in a cardboard box with cooked rice and water. Today, we have moved him to a birdcage on the terrace.

We both are absolute novices to caring for birds. Our vet for our dogs does not work with birds. We are looking for any advice on how to care for this little birdie.

We are located in Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador.

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Posted 15th March 2019, 03:51 PM
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You need to get fluids into it. You can try dipping it’s beak into a bowl of water. Don’t let the water go over its nostrils. If that doesn’t work you’ll probably need to give fluids manually through the mouth, which risks aspiration.

It’s not safe in that cage outside, anything could grab it through those bars. You also need to get the bird off the bars on the floor, the are uncomfortable and will cause problems long term.

Are both eyes that bad? If the other is better I would guess that the head movement an attempt to get some depth perception. If the other eye is just as bad, the bird is completely blind and will not eat or drink on its own.

Either way the bird needs topical eye antibiotics.
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