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How to safely integrate a feral?

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Hello, I'm in the process of rehabbing a feral pigeon I found with a broken leg. It's going well and I've decided id like to keep him/her and let them live with my homers when he's healed. My question is what precautions and things do I need to do before introducing it to my birds? I am worming it with moximectin plus pigeon wormer, and diatomaceous earth for external parasites. What else should I do so he's safe to add to my flock? Should the quarantine time be longer for a feral than an average pigeon? I usually quarantine for 3 weeks. Thanks!
13 Homing pigeons, a lovely indoor pair of indoor pigeons: Dale the flightless serbian high "flyer" and Clementine the tumbler mix. Proud mother of five beautiful hand raised pigeons <3
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13 Homing pigeons, a lovely indoor pair of indoor pigeons: Dale the flightless serbian high "flyer" and Clementine the tumbler mix. Proud mother of five beautiful hand raised pigeons <3
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I'm always concerned about introducing canker to the flock through ferals.  They seem to be more resistant to a particularly virulent form of canker.  I would treat the bird with metronidazole (fishzole) prior to adding it to your flock.

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Thank you, is there a brand you suggest? What dosage do you use? I have some canker tablets but I think they may be too old to use, do you how long do they are viable? Mine are a few years old.. Thank you for your advise
13 Homing pigeons, a lovely indoor pair of indoor pigeons: Dale the flightless serbian high "flyer" and Clementine the tumbler mix. Proud mother of five beautiful hand raised pigeons <3
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13 Homing pigeons, a lovely indoor pair of indoor pigeons: Dale the flightless serbian high "flyer" and Clementine the tumbler mix. Proud mother of five beautiful hand raised pigeons <3
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Originally Posted by sourland View Post
 

I'm always concerned about introducing canker to the flock through ferals.  They seem to be more resistant to a particularly virulent form of canker.  I would treat the bird with metronidazole (fishzole) prior to adding it to your flock.

Quite right! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think once they get canker treatment treats the outbreak, but they may relapse during times of stress.

 

-Kathy

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