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This young pigeon born more than a month ago in my balcony, is down with a skin disease that is spreading rapidly all over its head and face and especially near the eyes and beak.
Sight is impaired with watering of eyes. Has not taken its first flight yet which is unusual as well.
Kindly reply as to how can i treat it at home and cure it completely!
Refer pic for nature of disease.
Sonali mitra, [email protected], kolkata 700028, West Bengal, India
 

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This is a very bad case of pox around the eyes and pox is a virus that is self healing but it takes time. It comes from mosquitos and very contageous to other birds as well. You could put a dab of antibiotic cream or lotion on the eyes just maybe to avoid a secondary infection. This pox always in the beginning looks worse than it is and the worry here is hoping the eyes do not get infected with a secondary problem. Bring the pigeon inside your home in a safe container or cage large enough for it to exercise its wings and put some dove and pigeon seed down for it to eat as well as a dish of water and maybe a soft towel for it to rest on with newspapers or something underneath that can be changed. The sores on the body-----not the eyes could be dab with hydrogen peroxide that is diluted as to not make it too strong or maybe Betadine iodine solution that is 10% "povidone-iodine" that is diluted with water so as not to burn too bad maybe about (taking a guess here) 10 drops in a cup of water and just lightly dab this on the sores on the body not the eyes or around the eyes just the body and this will help dry them out. Ask your pharmacy or drug person about a good antibiotic lotion or cream to dab on the eyes. In a week or two these sores will "dry" up themselves and "fall off the pigeon"...This ailment is common and looks much worse then it really is...Once a pigeon gets this they are immuned for life and it is "self eliminating" and will heal in a few weeks. You need to keep the pigeon in a good temperature and dry within your home and place food and water down for it to eat..That's all you can do to give it "supportive care" and in time it will get well with good food and water and inside a home environment. A good sturdy box with a cover or a dog kennel or any container that you could get to keep the pigeon in to where it has enough of room to flap its wings..Good luck to you...Do not try to feed it or water it because pigeons have a unique air supply in the back of their throat and you could aspirate it and it will die of not getting oxygen. You are not experienced enough to do this but if you wanted to give it some water put water on your hands and let the pigeon suck the water from your fingers to drink be patient and take your time with this or you could "outline the outside of the beak with a dropper and water and leave it suck up the water and do it again until it seems satisfied. It looks worse then what it is and the pigeon with supported care will get well. Pigeons suck up water and not like other birds who put their heads back to drink. Pigeons and Doves are the only two species who do this..Good luck to you..and the birdie.
 

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If he's unable to feed himself cause off sight impaired, then you have to feed him defrosted peas. Try for 30 peas 3 times daily, there are lots of threads on this forum on how to do it properly.

Also check inside his mouth, sometimes they have wet pox that develops inside the mouth as well. This is often fatal cause the bird is unable to feed or breath properly. Hopefully this little one does not have it.

You can also dip the tip of his beak into a bowl of water, but not over he nostrils (otherwise he might aspirate). Do this a couple of times to get him to start drinking water.
 

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That is very bad, and does need some human intervention.

Here is a "how to" on feeding peas: http://www.pigeonrescue.co.uk/peasandcorn.htm

Here is a link to treatment for pox: http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/f5/homeopathic-treatment-for-pigeon-pox-31018.html

You can use nano or colloidal silver drops in and around eyes-will dry the pox lesions and works as an antibiotic in eye (one drop in each eye), I would not use lotion or creams in or around the eyes. You can use tea tree oil to dry pox lesions (diluted with half water) on lesions anywhere on the body, just not around eyes, beak or nostrils.
 

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If you need to feed peas to a pigeon, hold the bird on your lap and against your body. This gives you more control. Reach from behind his head with one hand and grasp his beak on either side. Now use your free hand to open the beak, and put a pea in, then push it to the back of his throat and over his tongue. Let him close his beak and swallow. Then do another. It gets easier with practice, and the bird also gets more used to it, and won't fight as much. If you can't handle the bird, then use the sleeve cut off a t-shirt, slip it over his head and onto his body, with his head sticking out. This will stop him from being able to fight you so much. Just don't make it tight around his crop area. It helps if you have him facing your right side if you are right handed.
 
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