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Hi,

We found a baby pigeon in our apartment complex three days ago. We couldn't leave him out there because there are some wild dogs roaming off leash that could have eaten him. So we took him in and found out by reading about them that he is around 2 1/2 - 3 weeks old. We called out local animal wildlife who normally take in baby birds and they said they weren't accepting any more animals at the moment. So we had to keep him.

We bought baby bird formula and fed him that 4 times a day and the right amount for his size (very small). He was very lively and energetic for the three days. But, today (beginning of the 4th day) we took him out to feed him and he was totally fine for about 5 minutes, but the moment we started mixing the bird food he started gasping for breath and was unable to stand (like he was falling backwards).

Now he's resting the back of his head on his wings and facing his beak upwards along with gasping. (Opening and closing his beak with little 'ffft' sounds.)

Please can somebody tell us what is wrong? Thanks-
 

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Put him somewhere quiet nad dark for the time being.

Would it be possible to post a photograph?

I am sorry to have to ask for more information. Opisthotonos (pulling the head backward towards the tail) is associated with vitamin B deficiency and with some poisonings, neither of which seems appropriate in this case. It is also seen in some viral illnesses.

Am I correct in understanding that this happened before you began to feed him?

Have there been any other unusual movements of the head?

Did this happen before you started to feed him?

How much have you been feeding him per meal?

How often?

How much does he weigh?

What do his poops look like?

Can you check the inside of his mouth to see if there is any blueness of the tissues or cheesy growths?
 
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