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PostSubject: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:22 pm

I brought this squab in today. He's starting to fledge and I want to keep him safe until he can fly. He's healthy overall, has a good appetite and a good weight. But I looked closely and it looks like maybe someone bit the tip of his beak. It looks healed now, but I want to make sure it's nothing to worry about. The picture's not the greatest, it looks a bit worse in real life. It doesn't seem to bother him, and he can pick up seeds, but it looks a little scary.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:36 pm

Luna...it doesn't look bad at all in the picture and I believe you when you say it looks worse in real life. I think you were wise to follow your instincts and bring him in. I hope the beak heals.
Does it look like a rodent bite?
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:39 pm

I don't know, I think if it was a rodent bite it would be odd that the bottom beak is undamaged. Also, I think it's too curved. It looks more like someone grabbed him from above. It doesn't look infected or anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:43 pm

Have rodents started coming inot your loft now that the weather is changing?
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:44 pm

I don't think so, I've actually been seeing fewer of them than normal. I see some holes around the base of the loft on occasion, but I fill them in when I see them.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:53 pm

He's beautiful! Could it be he got the tip of his beak caught somewhere? As you said, it looks like it's healing. Glad you took him under your wing! Great job
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:30 pm

It'll probably heal fine. Good that you brought him in though.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:28 pm

What a precious little one.
Given that the lower beak is undamaged, it's very likely that he caught his upper beak on something.
I'm also thinking if it had been a rodent of some kind I don't think it would have stopped at just biting the beak.

Please keep us posted.





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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:37 am

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What a precious little one.
Given that the lower beak is undamaged, it's very likely that he caught his upper beak on something.
I'm also thinking if it had been a rodent of some kind I don't think it would have stopped at just biting the beak. Please keep us posted.





Unless it was a young rodent, startled or realized it wasn't exactly what was the best part of the pigeon to gnaw on.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:43 am

It's possible he caught it on something. When I first saw it I thought it had a string or hair wrapped around it.

He is extremely food oriented. I was holding him earlier and he kept poking at one of my freckles to see if he could eat it. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:26 pm

Matilda wrote:
AZWhitefeather wrote:
What a precious little one.
Given that the lower beak is undamaged, it's very likely that he caught his upper beak on something.
I'm also thinking if it had been a rodent of some kind I don't think it would have stopped at just biting the beak.
Please keep us posted.


Unless it was a young rodent, startled or realized it wasn't exactly what was the best part of the pigeon to gnaw on.

To a rodent, I don't think there is a 'best part' to gnaw on.
For some reason, it just doesn't seem like they would be too particular.

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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:29 pm

Luna Wolf wrote:
It's possible he caught it on something.
When I first saw it I thought it had a string or hair wrapped around it.

He is extremely food oriented.
I was holding him earlier and he kept poking at one of my freckles to see if he could eat it. Laughing

He sure is a little darling. Tickled Pink

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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:35 pm

How's he doing Luna?
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:36 am

He's doing well, he's been filling his crop all on his own, and I think he's getting close to flying. I let him flap around on my bed for a few minutes each morning.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:10 am

That's good. ...he's a beautiful bird. Does it seem like the beak is firming up?
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:18 am

Glad to hear the little one is doing well.

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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:59 am

Matilda wrote:
That's good. ...he's a beautiful bird. Does it seem like the beak is firming up?
Yeah, it's more hard now. Also, I don't know if it's just because it was wet, but his beak seemed not to look so bad today.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:09 pm

That's good.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:14 pm

How is the youngster now, Luna? I'd love an update... Fingers crossed
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:59 pm

He's all grown up now. His beak still looks slightly odd, but it doesn't bother him and he's getting along with everyone just fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:53 pm

That's great, Luna.
He was such a pretty baby and I bet he has turned into a handsome teenager even though his beak is a bit odd looking.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:08 pm

Appreciate the update, Luna Wolf. Smile
I'm glad all is going well.

When time permits, we'd love to see some pictures.

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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:48 pm

Luna Wolf wrote:
He's all grown up now. His beak still looks slightly odd, but it doesn't bother him and he's getting along with everyone just fine.

That's great! He must be a very handsome pidge now... pigeon 1 Any gossip on his love life? Tickled Pink
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:53 pm

I'll get some pictures of him today if I remember.
He seems to be flirting with a young fantail, Beeb. He's not so sure, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Beak injury   Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:26 pm

Luna Wolf wrote:
I'll get some pictures of him today if I remember.

He seems to be flirting with a young fantail, Beeb
. He's not so sure, though.



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