Pigeon Tales

June 13, 2012

Micky makes Love, Gino bites Toes and a new String Injury

From the

Diary as of 3/16 – 3/18/2012

3/16   Today was a lovely warm day. I hardly can believe that it is only midth of March but today was a real spring day. Micky made love with her new boyfriend – we called him Manny – Emma and Lucky were cuddling with each other – everything seemed to be perfect.


Micky came in this evening to stay for the night. Don’t know whether she missed her classical music or watching tv in the evening or if she was depressed because she lost her egg yesterday. Our sweet one is at home as ususal.

3/17   Such a lovely day today! I put Gino into his box, covered it with the grill from my oven and out he went on the balcony. He very much enjoyed being in the sun, watching the other pigeons. Whenever one of the other pijjies jumped on his roof little Gino was very cheaky and bit (very lightly) the “obnoxious” pigeon into the toe. We had to laugh all the time watching this. Lucky loved to lie on Gino’s roof – he seemed to have adopted Gino as a son…

Lucky and Gino

preening together…


3/18   I could finally catch a new string injury!!! I have seen this guy for a couple of times already but he never came inside. So today he was lucky, coming inside and being treated finally.

It looked not as bad as I had feared – his left leg had looked awfully swollen. When I started to cut off the string he had on his left foot I realized that it had grown into the flesh already but thank heaven I could remove everything quite easily as it came off with old skin.  This injury must have been quite old. There was a large swelling but no pus. The string apparently did not stop the blood flow completely – otherwise he would have lost the whole foot. I desinfected erverything with peroxide and then applied some antibiotic cream (Neosporin). He had already lost one toe on this foot but the spot had healed nicely already.

There was another string on his right foot also but that had not caused any damage yet besides a little bruise on one toe. So removal was easy. He had a little injury on the side of his beak so I treated this as well with peroxide to avoid any infection. Propably he had some fight with another pijjie.

The whole treatment did not last longer than 10 minutes and off he went again. Phew!!!!!

That’s all the stuff I removed from his toes:




  1. Pigeons are such grateful patients, aren’t they?

    Comment by Jan James — June 14, 2012 @ 5:55 am | Reply

  2. Thank you for helping him before it got worse.
    But by the way, i was told not to use peroxide on pigeon’s skin. Saline water is the best.
    It’s the first time on your site. I am looking forward to reading it every day.

    Comment by Margot — June 25, 2012 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for this info but all my rescue friends are using peroxide. Where did you get this info from and why shouldn’t you use it?

      Comment by pigeonwriter — June 27, 2012 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  3. I was using it on a rescued string feet pigeon and i was told the following: Hydrogen peroxide or H202 is a great antiseptic because it readily gives up the extra oxygen atom, but it also sets up redox reactions in healthy tissue, so be cautious.
    So now i use saline water.

    Comment by Margot — June 28, 2012 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

    • Hi Margot, thank you again for your reply. I wonder whether this applies also to a 3% solution – which I am using. The problem with saline water is that it stings which is not so good for a creature who is already stressed.

      Comment by pigeonwriter — June 29, 2012 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

      • My pigeon’s toe fell 2 weeks ago. When i captured him he was so badly tangled in hair around toe and ankles and feet tied. I carefully removed the hair. That was in August last yr. In April 2012 he started to limp and one of his toe which had the marking of the hair tie was getting swollen. I would use a tooth pick and soften the callous ( that was constantly forming around his toe like a fishing line, cutting his blood supply) with peroxide. One week would be fine, then after, his toe swollen again. Then i found out on my favourite site PIGEON TALK, that i was damaging his skin by using Peroxide. His toe was not getting better; then i used Neem oil one day bandaged it for 2 days. Then after a week his toe was going pale. It’s been pale for about 4 days then, suddenly withing hours, turned grey. I was so sorry. His toe got dark black in 2 days. Luckly only from the injury ,the base of his toe to the tip of his nail. I bandaged it along with other toes so he won’t knock it off and bleed (it happened the first time i saw his toe in blood). After 3 days somehow, somewhere on the floor his toe fell. Couldn’t find his toe! LOL(a souvenir).
        Until nowadays i wonder if it was the Peroxide.

        Comment by Margot — July 16, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

      • Margot, I am so sorry that your rescue lost his toe but I don’t think it was the peroxide. BTW – what concentration do you use? I use a 3% solution for stopping bleeding and dilute it further with water when cleaning a wound. I think the infection was already gone too far or there was still something sticking in the former wound. Did you use a magnifying glass?
        With Rudi I am constantly monitoring his damaged toe and have to remove any dirt or dry skin that is sticking in his former wound from time to time. In the meanwhile I am often using propolis (20% solution) on infected areas and my experiences with this are magnificent.

        Comment by pigeonwriter — July 22, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  4. Yes, i used 3%. Thinking about it, i am sure it was not peroxide causing a toe to fall. That callous kept coming back and i gave up soaking it and removing it. But now he is happy and still dancing on 3 toes.

    Comment by Margot — August 20, 2012 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

    • That’s why I am keeping a close eye on Rudi’s feet – especially where the string marks are. If necessary I clean these marks to avoid any new callouses re-building.

      Comment by pigeonwriter — August 20, 2012 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

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