Foot Problems - any idea whats going on?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by jak2002003, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Today one of my king pigeons is standing on one leg. Its other foot seems painful for it to use. Nothing in broken, but the toe ends seem swollen, and the nails are discoloured. It has problems gripping its perch with that foot.

    About a week ago its mate also had a bloody toe nail and was holding its leg up. She is OK now, but the toe seems stiff.

    What could be causing this? They have the same cage as always, I have checked the cage and everything is smooth and no things to get the toes stuck.

    Maybe they did it when landing on something in the garden? My other 4 pigeons are all in the same kind of cage and have free flight, but they are all ok.

    Is there a disease that causes lameness? I love my birds and now am worried about them - in particular the one only using one leg.
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    I would just monitor her foot. Be on guard for any infection that might set in. Maybe bath the foot in a warm salt water solution to hopefully speed up it's recovery.

    The bird may have picked up a splinter or some foreign object when it perched.
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Great advise. You are a great help to me with my pigeon questions [​IMG]
  4. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Newport Tennessee
    check for more swelling around the joints and on wings. could be paratyphiod, but also any number of minor things. if you can get probiotics, itd probly help a lot either way, instead of trying antibiotics without knowing whats going on.

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