Found pigeon acting strange

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by kooltex, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was sitting on my back porch and noticed a pretty pigeon in my yard. I watched it for a few minutes. It was walking around, pecking the ground. Then it would stop and look up and seemed to just be going around in circles. I went over to it and it let me get very close, but not close enough to grab it. It kept walking away from me. It tried to fly off but got only a few feet in the air before taking a nose dive. I caught it and put it in a cage. It almost acts dissoriented. It looks up and appears "Dizzy". I thought maybe it can't see but I know it can see me. It eats and drinks fine. But there is definantely something wrong with it. It has a band on one foot, but it's not numbered or anything, just a plain red band.
    Any Ideas?
     
  2. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like it has PMV, or has had it and now has neurological damage. If you can, keep it until it starts acting better. PMV (paramyxovirus) is a virus, so it'll have to run its course (4-6 weeks). You can't get it, and neither can your chickens/other animals, so don't worry [​IMG] It's just for pigeons. It is very good to hear that it can eat and drink properly. Sometimes they "stargaze" so much to the point of nothing being able to take care of themselves.
    Paratyphoid can also cause similar symptoms, but they usually appear sick in other ways, such as being lethargic and having diarrhea. Just in case, I would keep him separated from other birds until he gets better. Since paratyphoid can pop up in most other birds. I wouldn't give him any antibiotics though, because if it is the virus, then that will only make it worse by cutting down the good bacteria in its system. It'll be best to put some apple cider vinegar in the water, if you have any around the house. 1 tablespoon per gallon. That will make the good bacteria happy while discouraging bad bacteria growth. If you happen to have some probiotics (usually found as probiotic/vitamin/mineral/electrolyte combos for chickens at feed stores), then that will help him get over it too [​IMG]
     
  3. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thank you. He appears healthy other wise, poop looks normal and all. I'll try to get a pic of him later.
     
  4. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will he ever be normal again?
    Got a closer look at his band, and it's just a red zip tie.
     
  5. Player Hater

    Player Hater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pretty, and with a leg band?

    definitely someone's bird

    let it go when it feels better, it might show up back at it's home
     
  6. hookedonpigeons

    hookedonpigeons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post a pic. We all can guess what it is. If it is a fancy breed it wont fly home. If it is a homer, keep it until it gets beter then let it go. It will probly fly home. Hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  7. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a zip tie? No letters/numbers? If there are any, I can give you a phone number that might help you.
     
  8. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just a zip tie, no numbers or letters. I'm pretty sure it's a homer, but will post a pic tomorrow.
     
  9. theparrotletdude

    theparrotletdude Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm... I found a pigeon too. If it doesn't have any numbers or anything on the band and it isn't a homer you can keep it :eek:
     

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