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Help! It looks like we will be fostering a rescued pigeon. We found him with a broken wing & took him to our aviarian vet (we also have a parrot). He is fine now, but he will never be able to fly again. We are looking for a home for him, and will be keeping him temporarily. He is really quite tame (possibly a former pet). Are there any precautions to take to assure that our parrot will not be affected by any diseases the pigeon might have?
 

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quaranatine is always a good idea some do 2 weeks others months, I tend to seperate the new birds for 3 weeks and watch his droppings and overall health....nice of you to find a nice home for the pigeon....can you post a pic of him/her?:)
 

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Just practice good hygene. After handeling one, wash your hands. Certainly you would never house the two of them together as the parrot could injure the pigeon.
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We would love to have the name of the vet that treated the pigeon so we can pass his/her name on to another that may need help for an injured/ill pigeon.
 

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There should be no problems, but caution is always the best policy. The only disease I know of that both species share transmitted from hookbills to pigeons. Many parasotes may be common to both.
 

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I used to rehabilitate parrots and I also rescued pigeons - I was always told by the vets I worked with that parrots are highly susceptible to the things pigeons (and other wild birds and even other parrots) can be carriers of.

Not necessarily diseases, but things like coccidia, canker, worms, e coli, salmonella, and avian-specific diseases can be transmitted to other birds through various means: air, touching, lice, your clothing, your hands, etc. These kinds of things can lay dormant or be maintained in low numbers, but are generally shed or surfacing during stress - which rescued pigeons undoubtedly find themselves under while getting used to their new captive environment.

I'm in no way saying pigeons are "disease carriers", but like any wild animal they are hosts to their own natural assortment of bacteria, parasites, single celled organisms, and potentially viruses. Captive parrots on the other hand are generally under-exposed to such things, and can react very badly and succumb quickly when they come in contact with these things suddenly.

Use great care when housing pigeons and parrots under the same roof. I would tend to the parrots first (including feeding and watering) after thorough hand washing, and with clean clothing. Then deal with any rescued feral pigeons. Only return to the parrots with clean hands and clean clothing. I would not let the parrots traverse anywhere in your home where the pigeons are.

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Kari Jo
 
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