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Autumn Morning Star
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I know birds. I know what keeps them healthy and what to do when they are sick. However, I woke up to find my male silky dove, Birday, standing near bloody poo. [NEVER a good sign.] I first thought he might have a viral infection, but he kept straining to go. My gut told me to get him to an avian vet fast!

I took him to Dr. David McCluggage of Longmont, Colorado. He examined Birday and palpated his vent [bottom]. The doc got a puzzled look, Birday got a puzzled look, the doc said "Good gosh!", Birday squawked like a chicken, and out came a rock-hard monster poo!

It was a Fecalith, which is a collection of seed that forms a hard impaction. The fecalith was as big as an egg, but too big for him to pass. The doc says has seen very few impactions like this in his twenty-year career. Birday would have surely died if I had not gotten him proper treatment. The vet bill was only $58.00 total.

I thought back on the last batch of food and remembered that there were some odd raw peanuts [shell removed] mixed in with his feed. I thought my doves would pick around them, but I guess I was wrong, because there were peanuts in that fecalith.

Moral to the story: Watch your birdseed for large seeds that might form such an impaction and avoid them. Moral #2: Trust your gut as to when to take your bird to the vet and DON'T delay.
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Thanks for the good advise.
Glad your dove is all CLEAR.
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Thanks for PASSING (no pun intended)on this valuable information, always good to hear of others animal experiences, Glad to hear your feathered friend is doing well.
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You know, I expected witty peanut puns.
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Glad your critter's OK, Autumn!

Now that you know he's done it once, I wonder if he's more apt to do it again. Do you give your birds any type of oil on their seed? Maybe a little wheat germ oil might aid digestion to prevent any problems down the road. Flax seed oil is good for dogs and cats, but I don't know about it for birds.
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The vet said if he does it again, he might have a propensity to do this in the future. The oil you suggested sounds like a good thing! My dad used to give his birds a tiny drop of cod liver oil mixed into the seed, which is high in vitamins A and D! I know they preen using an oil gland near their tail, so this might just make them shinier plus less apt to 'stop up'.

Here is an informative link on the lack of D in caged birds. Vitamin D deficiency is the 3rd most common problem with caged birds! Makes for thin bones and thin eggshells. They DO suggest cod liver oil! Keep in mind that cod liver oil becomes rancid FAST. Put a drop on seed or veggies that they will consume quickly. Don't put it on everything or they might consume too much. This article tells all the details. http://www.ladygouldianfinch.com/features_vitamind.mgi
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Thanks for sharing with us I'll start looking closer to my feed.
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Glad to hear it, Alan. I hear sunflower seeds can also block a dove! Yikes! That is in most wild bird feed mixtures, which is what most magicians feed their doves. No more big seeds for my doves!
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Good to know that, thanks for the information.

My doves love raw peanuts, but thankfully it was never a problem to them. I will, however, start watching for too big seeds.
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Thanks for this share. I once lost a dove that I suspected was due to blockage but I had only had it for about a week from a breeder. I had put some greens in the cage, can't remember which type but the next day the one bird was staggering about on the cage floor falling over and unsteady. There was green strands in some loose droppings and this bird was crusted all around the vent. I took it to the vet and they requested $80 up front to start diagnosis. I paid, went outside then reconsidered the fees and asked for the bird back thinking I would try to help it expel any blockage by massage. They said they had started the process so they only gave back 40 dollars. The bird died within a half hour in my hands. I will watch the feed. I do have safflower seeds in the mix about the size of unshelled sunflower seeds. They go for these first off. I just make sure they have sizable grit. Most grit sold in stores is very fine sand. This is what I was using when I lost the one many years ago. It seemed to the fecal matter more like cement. Ughhhh. Make sure the grit has edges or facets to help grind the food in the stomach.
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It is so important to give your birds grit. This is what actually breaks up the seeds. Doves are soft bill birds and just swallow the seed whole. If you can't locate dove or pigeon grit, then baby chick grit will work from a seed grain store.
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