Because we could no longer cope with the increase in the number of questions and fanciers had to wait (too) long for an answer, we have decided to close off our question section. Furthermore, the great majority of new questions submitted has already been answered in the past.
As we want to keep offering interesting medical information to our readers, we will now concentrate more on those general Ask The Vet articles which have already been published on our homepage in the past. In addition, our Ask The Vet archive, which contains numerous questions and answers, is a mine of information which will still remain at your disposal.
I would like to know if a mixture of olive oil and canola oil is the best type of oil that you could give to your pigeons as I read, this is a very old book?
I believe this is not the best oil you can give your pigeons. If you give an oil to your birds, it should have an extra advantage on the oil composition the birds already get through the seeds. You can only do that by giving an extra high omega 3 percentage and this in combination with vitamin E and selenium (because of the extra oxidation by giving a lot of unsaturated acids) and extra lecithin.
I have a hen that is raising one young bird. 7 days ago I noticed she was on the floor with her wings open and could hardly move. When I picked her up she seemed very weak. It looked like she was going to die. I brought her to my heated garage along with the 2 week old baby which I started to hand feed. Afer about 1 day she started standing eating and drinking. After 2 days she started feeding the baby again. Everything seemed fine. yesterday when I looked at her she was leaning on her side and very weak again her eyes were closing and head was falling. I checked everything eyes throat no lumps. Her feet and legs seemed darker then usually so I soaked the in warm salt water for 15 min and put her back. She didn't move her feet at all and just sat tring to hold her head up. By the afternoon she was standing so I soaked her feet again. This time she had more life and some strength back. What could cause this? thanks gerry
This could be a problem of mineral shortage and/or dehydration. It is also possible the hen has caught an infectious disease following a downfall in immunity resistance. Some birds tend to give their youngsters too much feed and water (reason for polyuria in the youngsters). If that bird doesn't have enough minerals or doesn't eat enough minerals (calcium), then this problem can occur, especially with hens that also have to lay eggs. In combination with not enough water in the body of the hen (because she gives everything to her youngster) you can see these symptoms of weakness. In a lot of cases just removing the hen from her youngsters and give enough food, water and minerals, is enough to let all the symptoms disappear in just a matter of hours.
Off course there is a possibility there is also some infection f.e. parasites (worms), that can worsen the problem. So a clinical examination could give more clarity.
hi there, thank you for providing this great section. my question is i recently got in some new stock and noticed there coming into there head moult nice and heavy but yet most of my stock aren't? should i be worried? they all look very healthy. Also if it's not to much but could you give me any tips on what to add or use any help would be appreciated Jamie K Barrett
Hello, I just wanted to know what else should I feed my racing pigeons besides just grains and grit? I see alot of fanciers feeding vegatables and greens, should I be feeding these to my birds? and if so what should I give them? Thanks
Do you have an explanation for the blue tip of the tongue in some pigeons that is permenantly there and the one that comes and goes? Do you associate this with blue flesh?
When tissues that are normally red turn blue, this is because there is less oxygen in these tissues. This can have several reasons. For example when the tip of the tongue of a pigeon is cold, there will be less blood circulation and the tip will appear blue. It doesn't have to mean anything. If it's associated with blue flesh it can be a problem certainly for birds that have to perform. Again it can be caused by multiple factors like inadequate nutrition/supplementing, inadequate training, dehydration (shock in extreme cases), etc...
Would like to know why the skin on some of my pigeons has a blue grey colour and flaky skin. What is the cause and what do you suggest to give them ?