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Hi Everyone! I need some good sound advice please. Ginger is my blind pigeon from 2 years ago I rehabbed and for about 1 week now is looking like a walking pin cushion. Last year she didn't have a reall heavy molt but this year she is real bad. Her neck all the way around, her butt, head and above her wattle. She isn't eating which concerns me...nor is she drinking much either...I hand fed her this morning, and gave her some electrolite fluid in the crop. She doesn't feel like she is with an egg. I weighed her yesterday and her weight was 254grams and today she was at 240 grams. What the heck is going on? I have her on heat and will continue with the fluids every hour till she looks perkier. I know when they go thru a molt they can get stressed I don't know if that could be causing it or not. I talked to a rehabber south of me and she suggested to put her on Baytril which I did. Please help! Ginger is my baby and would truely be heart broken if anything were to happen to her. She doesn't have hardly any poops probably because she hasn't been eating much and a more whitish urates. Any help? You can e-mail me too if you would like, as I am on and off Pigeon talk thru out the day.

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Hi Everyone! I need some good sound advice please. Ginger is my blind pigeon from 2 years ago I rehabbed and for about 1 week now is looking like a walking pin cushion. Last year she didn't have a reall heavy molt but this year she is real bad. Her neck all the way around, her butt, head and above her wattle. She isn't eating which concerns me...nor is she drinking much either...I hand fed her this morning, and gave her some electrolite fluid in the crop. She doesn't feel like she is with an egg. I weighed her yesterday and her weight was 254grams and today she was at 240 grams. What the heck is going on? I have her on heat and will continue with the fluids every hour till she looks perkier. I know when they go thru a molt they can get stressed I don't know if that could be causing it or not. I talked to a rehabber south of me and she suggested to put her on Baytril which I did. Please help! Ginger is my baby and would truely be heart broken if anything were to happen to her. She doesn't have hardly any poops probably because she hasn't been eating much and a more whitish urates. Any help? You can e-mail me too if you would like, as I am on and off Pigeon talk thru out the day.

Thank You in advance

Cindy
Can you take her to the vet, otherwise it will be a guessing game, and all you can do is try this or that and keep her comfy.
 

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I don't have a vet anymore she now teaches at a college. So I have to play the guessing game. I do have another vet in town but in my opinion she isn't worth the dang.
 

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I don't have a vet anymore she now teaches at a college. So I have to play the guessing game. I do have another vet in town but in my opinion she isn't worth the dang.
well she did go to vet college, so she must of learned SOMETHING, I think it is worth a try for the birds sake, guessing can take too, long, she may beaable to do some test to narrow it down.
 

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I've used the online avian vet search sites to find nearby avian specialists, and had good luck. There are several such sites (you probably know about them, but just in case):
http://www.aav.org/search/index.php
http://www.birdsnways.com/articles/abvpvets.htm
http://www.toolady.com/vetrefer/vetrefer.htm

I found myself near Dr. Dave McCluggage (Longmont, CO) who combines western & holistic approaches. He prescribed my dove (a rescue case with several issues, including feather problems) several supplements, which I must say seem to have helped greatly.
He does do phone consultations -- a bit costly ($80., I think) and which of course aren't like an in-person exam, but my experience with him is a that he gives a lot of time and attention to the bird and its person. He must have spent 45 minutes or an hour with us when we first went in. In case you want to try him:
http://wellvet.com/phoneconsult.html#Well

One last thought: I had my dove's dropping analyzed by Foy's service when I first got him, before I'd found the right local vet, and they were quite helpful. Combined with the knowledge of the people here, that might be a big help:
http://www.foyspigeonsupplies.com/health.html

Hoping she is soon well!
Forest
http://forestrogers.com
 

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This is just a GUESS, but going light usually indicates coccidia, worms or both. You amy not think the new vet knows much but she probably is capable of running a fecal.

Do hand feed her so you know she is eating.
 

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Well an update: I got home from the vets and Ginger passed away. Thank You everyone for your help. I think I will go cry my eyes out now.

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Oh my God Spirit Wings your bird is exactly what Ginger looked like.
 

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Hi Spirit Wings your bird at the bottom of the page is exactly what Ginger looked like. So beautiful. I will miss her greatly!
Thank You for everything!

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Cindy.........I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Ginger. I cannot imagine how heartbroken you must be. Please take comfort knowing that Ginger knew she was loved and cared for for the past two years. You saved her, rehabbed her, and being blind, protected her and provided for her every need. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have of her and know that she is now flying free in heaven.


RIP beloved Ginger!!!

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I just came across this post. I am so sorry you lost little Ginger. I have a blind dove whom I absolutely adore and I too would be devastated to lose him. So sorry for your loss, but Ginger was lucky to be loved and cared for by you. My religion states there are birds in heaven (I believe all animals will go to heaven as it is constantly mentioned that they will all be gathered to their Creator), but birds are especially mentioned and I'm sure Ginger is up there seeing again and flying free, nevertheless, parting with them is so difficult, my heart and thoughts are with you.
 

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Dear Cindy,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ginger was indeed a lucky bird to have found you, and you very lucky to have found her as well. I'm sorry your time together was short, but you will always have your memories and always have the love that the two of you shared.

I know that my words wont help, but you are in my prayers.
Edie
 
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