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  1. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Pigeon's feathers colors have changed, is it normal ? Hi everyone ! A pigeon I rescued off the streets a couple or so months ago looked black and white (possibly mainly white). He's molted and now he's mainly black with white only on his head (I'm told piebald) It seems the white and back have...
  2. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Hi all, My pigeon Philly recently lost his wife, and I've been paying especially close attention to him to make sure that he's OK. I've had him for 8 years and he didn't seem like a baby when I got him, so he does seem to be a senior bird. I just noticed that some of the feathers on Philly's...
  3. Wild or 'Feral' Pigeons
    Hello, PT. I am quite new here. I consider myself quite knowledgable when it comes to birds, but, I just need some help here. I have a Teen Mourning Dove which is currently molting. Yet, it <i>cannot</i> fly still. I take it outside every day on my fist (it's a habituated wild one) and give it...
  4. General Discussions
    Good morning all, I have a pet pigeon that will be two years this fall - I've had her since she was about 2 weeks old. When she was just starting to fly, I clipped a few of her flight feathers for ease of training because she was very "flighty"...this allowed her to still be able to fly, it...
  5. General Discussions
    Hello everyone, My pigeon seems perfectly healthy (good poop, good behavior, good appetite, no injuries) but she's been loosing an unusual amount of tail feathers. She is going through a molt right now (this is the first full year I've had her, so there is still a lot i'm learning; is molting...
  6. General Discussions
    This is something I have never come across before in my flock. One hen has moulted all her flight feathers on both wings except the 2 outer ones on each wing. I found her on the ground unable to fly back to her nest box. I though she was sick so caught her up and noticed the missing feathers...
  7. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    Hello! I am brand new to Pigeon Talk and quite new to owning a Pigeon, so please be kind if my questions seem silly. So, a few months ago my boyfriend & I adopted a 6 month old pigeon (named Pippin) from our local SPCA. We let him out to fly around the house everyday, and we spend tons of time...
  8. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Am worried because the new one year old pigeon we got two days ago, Lucy, Is not eating. She seems quite afraid. She started molting too last night. Didnt think pigeons molt in the winter. Have a vet appt scheduled for Wed AM, two more days. She seems so scared, being away from other pigeons...
  9. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    We have had Chloe (new name finally) for several weeks now, after adopting her from a breeder. She was so scared she wouldn't eat for days. She loves to eat and drink out of my hand now, nibbles my fingers, and is fascinated by everything especially looking at herself in a mirror. She loves...
  10. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    Fiona laid two eggs this week but has lost two major flight feathers and a couple of smaller feathers, molting. Was not concerned but this morning, she didn't eat when I put food in her dish, just went back to sitting on her eggs. When I greeted her, she flapped and jumped onto her rope, then...
  11. General Discussions
    Hi all, I have had a found pigeon, a red splash roller, for about a month and a half. After a visit to the vet for check-up and no claims from advertising a lost pigeon I get to keep it till he is claimed. I built a nice two nest box loft, ordered a hen, and let him fly twice over the past two...
  12. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    I've had my pigeon, Starbuck, for three years, since she was just a nestling. We've gone through molts in the past, but there's never been bald spots left like this. We were on vacation for 10 days and had a friend who came once a day to check on her and when we came we found that she had laid...
  13. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Hey all, Newbie dove owner here again. My white ringneck dove has been preening a great deal lately and is losing feathers all over the place. My sparrows molt every year in the summertime, but I've only had Ava (the dove) for about 7 months (it's late November now) and she didn't molt when...
  14. General Discussions
    hey all! We have one female homer pigeon that I believe has started molting? Just looking for some advice and comments to make sure thats what it is! She has only been losing feathers in her face and its been about a week. I've been offering baths, and it seems like her appetite has increased...
  15. General Discussions
    Just wondering what kind of experiences people have when their pigeons are going through the moult/molt? In terms of... Appetite? Breathing (any breathing troubles}? Energy and General Behaviour? Big thanks, I appreciate your thoughts :)
  16. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Maggie is molting so much that I could almost make a feather pillow out of her castoffs, and she has bare spots over her ears and above her beak. I can actually see her ear holes. At first I was afraid this was symptomatic of a health issue, but I examined her ears -- she's very cooperative...
  17. General Discussions
    Hello! Am curious about moulting :) My little English Short-Faced Tumbler, Pipi, is on the mend after three weeks of being sick...its been two weeks since he 'recovered', and he's gotten into a very frantic feather losing phase for about a week now. Practically naked, he's become such a teeny...
  18. Wild or 'Feral' Pigeons
    Do all the pigeons molt at the same time? Do different colour pigeons molt at different times? My white male seems to be molting and losing a lot of feathers. He is a recovering PMV pigeon and I tried to lower him into a bath and bathe him by hand, but he wanted to get out and in the process...
  19. Sick or Injured Pigeon and Dove Discussions
    Normal Molting? Phoebe our rescued pigeon who had surgery last year for xanthomatosis is molting. Is this a normal time of year for that in Central CA USA? I always worry when she molts because she looks ratty and sits hunched over. ? Thanks
  20. Pet Pigeons And Doves
    Hello again! I wanted to know if there were specific molting seasons for Diamond Doves? All 3 of my doves seem to be molting, it seems. They will find a comfy spot in my room and start to preen, and in time, I see all sorts of feathers all over the place. Tail feathers, secondary flight...
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