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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 back seem to be sticking out a bit, especially when he's sleeping. I think I've seen him look like this very often in the past but I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't the early stages of him being puffed up as in indicator of feeling unwell. Philly has been going through a molt, and he did just get looked at by our vet last week and he seemed fine (his weight was down just a few grams but we thought this was likely due to his molt). Philly's activity level in general seems good; he's very happy to run after the other birds and chase them away when they land in his territory (Philly hasn't himself been able to fly in the last 8 years; he was found with a broken wing that left him flightless), as well as to do a lot of displaying and cooing at the other birds when he can see them up on perches. I do sometimes see him sleeping / resting with his eyes closed in the middle of the day, but I think that they all do that, and I think that he especially may always have tended to do a significant amount of that.

Please find pictures attached (sorry the one of him sleeping is heavily zoomed in and pretty grainy - I just didn't want to wake him up by approaching him in order to take the picture).

Any input on whether he looks OK / just like a senior bird molting or whether this looks a bit too much like starting to be fluffed up would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Howard
 

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His feathers do look kind of rough. Does he bathe?
 

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He has a water bath (we use what I think are 8" square Tupperware dishes with about 1.5 inches of water), and I'm pretty sure that I saw him use it at least a few weeks ago, but I'm not sure if he's used it more recently than that.
 

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What does he eat for a diet?
Does he get vitamins?
 

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He eats Baden Feed Tippler Mix. Yes; he does get vitamins added to his water: 1/4 tsp Hagen Prime and 1/4 tsp Bene-Bac Plus. He also has access to red grit and oyster shell.
 

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Could just be his age and the molting. If he were to let up on his eating or drinking more, or not getting around as he normally does, then I would look for why. Watch him and see how he does. Any changes then be concerned.
 
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