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Word must be getting around among the local pigeon community -- last night, the third sick bird in two weeks presented himself for help. The folks on this forum have been very helpful with the other two, so hopefully there will be a happy ending for this bird too.

Basically, the bird, a gray pigeon, was sitting on the steps outside the back door when I left work last night. It was dark, and he was sitting there on the ground all fluffed up, so I knew something must be wrong. He let me pick him up with only a half-heated attempt to run away. He fell down on his chest when he tried to run.

I put him in a box with a heating pad for a few hours and then fed him defrosted peas and corn, following the advice I got with this bird:

http://www.pigeons.biz/forums/f6/help-for-sick-pigeon-38231.html

I also dipped his beak in a bowl of water and he drank a lot.

I've continued feeding and watering him this way throughout the day today. He seems more alert, but still stumbled the few times he's tried to run away (though maybe not as much.) Other than panicking a bit at first, when I reach into the box to pick him up, he is very docile during the feeding, and seems content to just sit there in my lap, wrapped in a T-shirt. He doesn't really struggle or try to get away.

The worst symptom I see is that his droppings are very irregular (dark brown, mostly liquid) and produce a very strong horrible smell. This might be getting a little bit better, but it's hard to tell.

Pictures of the bird and droppings are available at the links below. You'll see seeds, corn, peas etc. mixed in with some of the droppings. That's because, at first, I was leaving some food on the floor of his box, before I realized that a) he wasn't eating it and b) he might poop on it, and then eat it.

The pigeon:

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/jimc2000/photo1.jpg

The droppings (chronologically, beginning this morning, and ending about 12 hours later):

http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/jimc2000/photo2.jpg
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/jimc2000/photo3.jpg
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/jimc2000/photo4.jpg
http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy153/jimc2000/photo5.jpg

(Who ever would have thought that I would end up devoting this much time and energy to taking pictures of bird poop?)

Does anyone have any ideas what might be wrong with this bird, and what I should do to help him?
 

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It sounds like you're doing an expert job so far at keeping him warm and hydrated, and someone will be along to give advice on how to proceed with his treatment. Good save:) and good luck with the little guy.
 

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It's difficult to say what it is as his general condition is impaired. Smelly droppings are usually sign of canker (sourish smell) or salmonella (dead smell). Smelly dropings can be from dehydration or poison too.
I would give canker medicine ASAP any one of these will do Carnidazole, Dimetridazole, Metronidazole, Secnidazole. My drug of choice is Spartrix (Carnidazole). One tablet per day for three days. Wide spectrum antibiotic - Baytril 10% two drops twice a day for 10 days will help with bacteria as Salmonella.
Carry on with feeding and watering, you can add vitamins and minerals in water too.
Vet or someone who can examine the bird closely will be able to give you exact diagnosis.
 

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It's difficult to say what it is as his general condition is impaired. Smelly droppings are usually sign of canker (sourish smell) or salmonella (dead smell). Smelly dropings can be from dehydration or poison too.
I would give canker medicine ASAP any one of these will do Carnidazole, Dimetridazole, Metronidazole, Secnidazole. My drug of choice is Spartrix (Carnidazole). One tablet per day for three days. Wide spectrum antibiotic - Baytril 10% two drops twice a day for 10 days will help with bacteria as Salmonella.
Carry on with feeding and watering, you can add vitamins and minerals in water too.
Vet or someone who can examine the bird closely will be able to give you exact diagnosis.
Thanks for the advice plamenh.

I gave the bird about 1/10 of a tablet of Fish Zole by grinding the tablet into a powder, separating out 10% by eye, and then rolling the corn and peas I've been feeding him in the Fish Zole powder before I pop them in his mouth. Will that work?

Also, as far as the smell of the droppings goes, they smell like hamburger that has started to go bad.

Can anyone offer suggestions on where I can get some Baytril?
 

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1/5 or 1/4 tablet (250 mg or 200 mg) will do. Pop the piece in the beak as you do when feeding. Any Vet will have baytril or something compatible as you need perscription (I was told) in USA. Here in SA I get it from Bayer SA - they make it.

Also, as far as the smell of the droppings goes, they smell like hamburger that has started to go bad.
I would guess salmonella, but poops look to good for salmonella.
 

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Sorry I'm not very knowledgeable but just wanted to pop in and thank you for helping these birds! Best of luck to you!
 
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