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jxmk jxmk is offline
Posted 5th July 2019, 10:55 AM
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Pox or canker? Can he survive?


There is a feral pigeon coming outside my window with lesions or swelling near his beak for at least a week, possibly three weeks. His condition seems worse than before, picking seeds with difficulty dropping many, and there is blood on nose and beak. Can he survive by himself if I provide food?
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 7th July 2019, 03:54 AM
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You will need to catch him. Looks like pox and he might have canker as well. He will need to be kept seperate from other pigeons. He won't be able to pick up seeds with an open beak like that. Provide him with a deep seed dish. Are you familiar with canker treatment?
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jxmk jxmk is offline
Posted 7th July 2019, 03:38 PM
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For canker I would use 50mg/day metronidazole.
The only way to catch him I can think of is to tempt him inside with seeds on a table near the window where he can see from outside. He ignored them for the last two days which could mean he's not starving yet.
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 8th July 2019, 06:50 AM
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If he has canker, he won't be interested in eating seeds. Rather try and lure him inside with a bowl of water. They drink quite a lot when they have canker. What does the droppings look like? If green and creamy, then he has not eaten for a while and you will need to catch him.

The metro dose is correct. 50 mg once daily for 7-10 days, sometimes longer to get rid of the canker.
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