Pigeon limping badly, scab on hock joint. help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cochinGurl, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all. Today I went out to the loft to let the birds out for some exersise. I noticed that my Serbian Highflyer Dale was standing on one leg. at first i didnt pay any mind, it wasnt unusual. Dale and his mate Lilly seemed to have no intrest in going out side, witch they are usualy eager to do. I picked Dale up and put in out in the open aviary, Lilly followed. when I put him down he stagered to the left, lossing his balance, trying to put his foot down for balance, but pulling it right back up quickly. I cought him and examined his foot and leg. some featheres around his leg were a bit orange-ish red with blood. on his hock joint or "knee" there was a rather large scab. the part of the leg that rests on the ground while laying down. I cleaned the dried dropings off of the place they sleep and the nest boxes, thinking maybe thats what caused the injury. hes eating and drinking fine. Ive heard that when a pigeon hurts its leg/foot, you should still let them out so they can fly and take the wait off their leg for a while. right now they are sitting on the deck rail. When he lands on things, he stands for a moment, then lays down, leaning away from his injured side. there dosent seem to be anything wrong with the other leg (the one with the band fyi). should i keep them in or let them out?is there anything i should put on it? should I bandage it or leave it open to the air?
    thanks in advance -cochingurl
     
  2. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone? hes realy having a hard time. I put some neo-sporin on it.
     
  3. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well, ive put neo-sporin on it a few times now and the scab came off, but Im not sure if thats good or bad tho cuz it looks really raw and red underthere, and hes still not using that leg.
     
  4. heatherkh

    heatherkh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do pigeons pick at wounds on other pigeons the way chickens do? If so, I'd spray some blue-kote on it to a) hide the red/blood color and b) help promote healing.

    Do you think it is just a superficial injury? How do you think he may have become injured??
     
  5. cochinGurl

    cochinGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i was thinking it could be caused by a rough patch of dried dropings on their sleeping shelf when he lies down there maybe it wore the skin off? IDK but now im thinking maybe bumble foot. i dont know what bumblefoot realy is, but when i was masageing is foot this morning, i felt something pop inside, like a big old zit... [​IMG] ill look up bumble now. thanks for posting btw. Ill do some reserch on blue kote. THX!
     
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