Diary as of 7/5/ – 7/6/09
7/5 In the evening Emma started to cough. I know that pigeons cannot really cough but the sound was similar. At that point I was not really worried yet because sometimes this can happen when they eat too quickly and a seed gets stuck. So I went to bed.
7/6 This morning when I realized that Emma was still making those strange noises from time to time and I realized that she was breathing very heavily with the beak half opened. As it was cold not hot, this meant to me that something was wrong. Very wrong. I observed her the whole day but it did not improve. She hardly ate anything and I could convince her to eat only a few sunflower hearts which she loves so much, drank at least a little bit and stayed on the balcony for the whole day in one of the little love nests. Pete nearly sat the whole day besides her – he seemed to be very worried too. So I decided to bring her to the vet the next day.
During the day I checked symptoms on the Internet, tried to find out what was going on, went through all the descriptions of symptomss but did not really get to a conclusion. It could not be ornithosis though, which would have been the worst, because she did not have any sign of mucus coming from her beak and nostrils, nor did her eyes show any sign of watery effusion.
I researched the Internet for a specialist for birds because I did not want to happen the same thing with Randy or Wally where the vets apparently were not experienced with birds. Luckily I found a lady vet who seemed to be competent enough regarding aviary expertise.
It was a bad night – I woke up several times hearing Emma making those noises again and I was very worried about her. The hours went by. I really was afraid about Emma because I loved her dearly. She is shy but a very sweet little pigeon, very devote to her mate. She is small in comparison to Pete, her mate, who is very impressive, with a broad chest yet a little bit short legged. Therefore it looks so funny when he is running.
It took a long time to win Emma’s trust, so that she let me be quite near but she would never allow me to touch her. So I tried to block the thought that I might not be able to catch her in order to bring her to the vet. That had to wait..Emma and Pete are really a loving couple, so devote to each other – although Pete regularly flirts with other pigeon ladies – he sometimes even has a bit on the side. Well – he is a male – what can you expect? Emma never ever is unfaithful – I have watched her refusing any flirting from foreign males. She even becomes really aggressive and attacks much bigger males even – they really get a heavy slap from her wings and if this is not enough she behaves like a torro. In all cases the big males are that much taken by surprise that they take off immediately. What a couragious sweet little wife…
Emma and Pete in pigeon city
Pete and Emma in their spa