Pigeon Tales

April 27, 2014

Jimi plays Couch Potato and Hermine is free again!

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From the

Diary as of 1/16 – 1/21/2014

1/16   Our little Hermine with the bite on her wing makes good progress.
Now that all the swelling is gone and most of the bruises healed I could see that no bone was damaged although she is still dragging her wing. She was VERY lucky.

Her flying exercises in our bedroom show me that she will completely recover again. She is a little rascal and I swear if I knew not better she could be the female twin of our Gino: same voice, nearly same colour and always those triumphant howls when she achieved something new – such as flying up to the bookshelf and landing on top of it just 5 cm below the ceiling.
Just as Gino she is very communicative and singing the whole day. What a sweet personality!

She only needs a bit more time to exercise and we are waiting for dry and mild weather to release her…

Now look at Jimi † – our couch potato and his favourite napping place in front of but BEHIND the large window in our bedroom:

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(Oh – how I miss you my darling boy ♥♥♥♥♥)

1/17   Micky laid her first egg #39 and Maggie as well. Hers is #35.

1/18   Had to cut Rudi’s nails again – especially the one that grows in a circle horizontally. I am always afraid that he might entangle himself somewhere if I don’t do it because it does not get worn as usual. But other than that his feet are in good condition despite the string injury.

1/19   Micky laid her second egg #40 and Maggie did so too. Egg #36.

1/20   I am a bit sad today: we released our Hermine this morning after she tried desperately to get out of her box. I did not have the heart to confine her any longer. The weather has dried up a bit – not so foggy as it was during the last days but quite dark due to the high fog.
You should have seen her when I put the box on the balcony and opened the cover. Hermine flew immediately on one of the hanging pots and did her triumph dance. She was soooooo happy. I will miss her terribly. She is such a cheerful pijjie and sang nearly the whole day. Even Rudi liked her and sang together with her each morning before we let them out of their boxes.

At the moment she is still around, making friends with our other balcony pijjies. So my hope is that she will come for breakfast or dinner regularly.
Fly safe little Hermine ♥

As I could not predict how long her wing would be drooping still and due to her exercises inside where she showed us that she could fly perfectly we did not have the heart to confine her any longer. Some time later she appeared again as if she wanted to tell us that everything was okay. What a sweet pijjie!

1/21   Fifi laid her first egg today – it was #15.

I was a bit nervous this morning because the weather had turned into an ugly rainy day again and Hermine had spent her first night outside. But she came with the others to take her breakfast and she ate with great appetite. I was very relieved! In the afternoon she appeared again to eat her supper together with the others. What a relief. Everything was perfect.

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April 6, 2014

Hermine is recovering and Pina is furious

From the

Diary as of 1/1 – 1/15/2014

1/1   NEW YEAR!

When I checked our new patient, Hermine, today I realized that the swelling had come down drastically and also the green parts have become smaller. I also realized that the wing was definitely not broken but also saw now that there WAS a bite from something that must have been bigger than a cat: definitely 2 puncture wounds which I could not see yesterday due to the swelling. I put her on Baytril this evening.

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Hermine is a young pigeon, maybe 1/2 a year old but she has a good weight – 330 gr. Her condition is good – she made a lot of absolutely perfect little :poop: during the night and during the day. So everything she needs is peace, medicine, food and drink. She is a real sweetie. But again – how on earth did she find us on the 13th floor!!? That really puzzles me because she is definitely not one of our balcony flock.

I would say that the prognosis is good at the moment. And this is a big relief for me because I could not have kept a disabled pigeon here…

The irony is that Droopy, the other pigeon with a wing injury,  is missing since yesterday. I hope she will turn up eventually.

1/5   Hermine is doing very well. Despite the antibiotics she is making good :poop: which means that her digestion works well still.

1/6   Droopy is still missing. I really woder what happened to her after she came here for so long.

1/7   Today Hermine received her last Baytril. In the evening  I started her on Bene Bac (pro-biotic) just in case.

1/8   In the morning I gave Hermine her first Calcivet (extra Calcium) portion and in the evening Bene Bac again. Will continue this program during the next 3 days.

1/9   Our pijjie gang is behaving spring-like and they are all doing well.

Hermine’s bite seems to heal without any complications and she has started to sing in the morning two days ago. How sweet is that? Yesterday evening – when I put her to bed – she opened both her wings and did a slight helicoptering as if she wanted to tell me that her wing will be alright again. I was a bit worried so far as it is drooping still. This weekend we are going to let her out of her box in a controlled environment to see whether she will be able to use her wing normally again. Since 2 days she is off Baytril and I give her pro-biotic and calcium.

Rudi is working like crazy again to prepare the NESTS for Pina again. Yes – he has to work on TWO because Pina cannot decide which one she will prefer. Poor Rudi – but on the other hand this is a perfect exercise for him – he is very beefy. I have calculated that when I cut 6 cardboard rolls into stripes and Rudi uses every one he has to fly up to the cupboard 120 times. No wonder he is such a muscleman!!! This is mostly going on for several days – now you can calculate also…

1/10   Rudi seems to cope with the presence of Hermine – because he does not show big interest in her but then she is only a baby and not a competitor or a danger for his home.

At the moment Pina is very jaleous because of Jimi and Hermine though. She takes any chance to attack him when he leaves our bedroom to go outside. And when she sees me talking to Hermine she is getting really angry. She even tried to bite me into my naked heels today, running after me like a little poudle and I had to be very careful not to step on her. Btw – it hurts when she is in one of her jealousy rages, using her beak like a rapier and I have my hands full to change this into a game so that she calms down again. My poor little baby is very possessive for fear of losing her Mommy. Oh my…

1/11   Weighing day for Hermine again:  320 gr – so she has only lost 12 gr. I am very happy about that because I feared that due to the antibiotics she might lose her appetite.

Pina has finally decided which nest she would take and I gave her a plaster egg after she had not laid in the night.

1/12   Yesterday we let Hermine out of her box for the first time to see how she was able to use her wing. I closed our little entrance “hall” with a piece of cloth so that she had some space to move around. At first she was very reluctant to leave her box and it took several minutes until she jumped on the edge. Then she did a little helicoptering and flew right around the corner into the kitchen. We could hardly react. Quickly I closed this area for fear that she could hurt herself but she landed on the laundry basket without problems. While she was flattering you would not have realized that she had problems with her wing ever. I thought she had enough exercise for the first time and guided her carefully back to her box and she jumped deliberately into it.

Today we did the same. I was still a bit worried because Hermine is dragging her wing still very much but when she flew up to the ceiling and then tried to land on my jacket which is hanging quite high in the wardrobe and flapping her wings for quite some time to keep her balance I was surprised that she could do so without problems. So I assume that some nerves of the wing muscles have been damaged and that this is the reason why she is dragging her wing still while she is standing in her box as well as moving around on her feet. From time to time she seems to remember to hold her wing in the right position though. Also she did some helicoptering today while she was outside to train her muscles. Good sign – isn’t it?

Tomorrow I will give her more room for exercises with the mosquito net. We did this with Gino and in other cases also. It is always very difficult here to give sick pigeons some room while we have Pina and Rudi here. They both are not specifically amused about our new guest. But now I know that this will be only a matter of time. I am grateful that Hermine will recover again and I know already that I will miss her. She is such a sweetie!!!

1/13   Today was Hermine’s free flying day in the bedroom and she mastered it with bravery. Look at that cheeky little creature – higher you cannot fly:

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1/15   Another day for Hermine’s training. She is doing really well, exploring everything she can and I am sure that she will be out again soon!

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April 3, 2014

Two new Squeakers in the Gang, Jimi is Egg sitting and a new Patient

From the

Diary as of 12/16 – 12/31/2013

12/16   Nothing special. They are battling about nest material. It’s always so funny to watch who is going to win most of the cardboard stripes. Everybody tries to get them quicker than the other…

12/17   Micky was the first to start the new breeding cycle: she laid her first egg #37. The others are late already.

Woodie and Maggie are cuddling. It is so sweet to see them sitting tightly together on the nest and “talking” to each other very softly. So it won’t be long until Maggie is laying again.

Bathing day for Pina and Rudi. As Pina did not want to fly out – for several days now – I thought I might give her a nice bath so that she does not get bored. She could hardly wait until I had the water in it. I put the bathtub on the floor and she jumped into it although there was no water yet. It always looks so funny when she does this and then looks at me with such a reproachfull look in her eyes as if she wanted to say: ” hey, hurry up Mommy – don’t be always so slow – I want my bath!!!”  That gives me always a good chuckle especially when she makes splish-splash immediately with nearly a somersault…

Btw – Rudi had his bath in the late afternoon after 3 °clock when it started to get dark already!!! It was ice cold but he loved it nevertheless.

12/18   Pina flew out today after she had preferred not to do so for about 2 weeks. Apparently she did not feel like it but today she went out for an hour or so. I was relieved to see her this happy.

Maggie laid her first egg #33.

12/19   Micky laid her second egg #38 and so I could exchange them with the plaster eggs.

12/20   Maggie laid her second egg #34 and as usual perfect little eggs. Also exchanged them by plaster eggs.

12/21   Jimi and Fifi are still together. Much longer than I anticipated. I am so happy for them both. The weather is unusually mild so Jimi seems to enjoy the time outside.

12/22   Jimi and Fifi are still heavily cuddling and grooming each other. This is really very nice after Jimi left his wife alone so long during the last breeding cycle. But then he did not feel very well. Now it is completely different.

Micky has canker. I saw her vomiting once last week already but it stopped totally. So I thought that it was nothing. This morning though she sat on the edge of the large food box and vomited heavily. So I snatched her, checked her mouth, discovered the red colour inside and gave her a Spartrix.

12/23   Finally  Fifi laid her first egg #13 and it is perfect as usual.

Gave Micky her secoond Spartrix in the evening.

We have 2 new squeakers in the gang. I don’t know who the parents are but we named them Norman and Herbert. As usual they are mobbed by the others and more then once I have to intervene when they are attacked too heavily. Norman is really funny because he squeaks his soul out of his little body when someone gets near. He was very skinny but now that he has learned to come inside and to find lots of food here he is doing very well.

12/24   Jimi took up his turns of egg sitting. He comes inside though during the morning in order to enjoy his peace in our bedroom while the gang on the balcony makes the usual chaos.

12/25   Micky seems to be totally okay again besides that she is stargazing quite heavily again. But when she finds a place inside where she has her peace = when Rudi is sitting on the eggs she stops again. Poor Micky – she is getting into stress very easily but then she is naturally already a very nervous bird and always was. I hate it when she needs to be handled because she always makes such a fuss but a few minutes later she behaves as if nothing had happened.

Fifi laid her second egg #14.

The weather is still quite unusually mild and due to the forecast there is no real winter in sight currently. I have never experienced so much light at this time of the year. Normally the days are grey and dark. But this year everything is different. My chrysanthemes are growing like crazy and I don’t really like this because the winter is coming in some time. There is always winter here and very cold. And this will kill the new shoots again. Bummer…

12/26   Today is a typical winter day: cold, wet and dark. And the pijjies seek shelter on our balcony of course and are pooping as usual: much, wet, smelly.

12/27   The sun is out again – oh miracle. And the pijjies are tortured by spring feelings…

12/28   Feeding chaos again. I had to laugh today because little squeaky Norman ate that much that you could see his little crop bulge like a belly. This reminded me very much of Gino when he once was that hungry baby.

12/29   Norman and Herbert are still here and eating with the others. But they don’t squeak any more – they are “grown up” now – LOL. They don’t know yet that one of the worst nights will arrive soon…

12/31   Betty is still sitting on the same plaster eggs: now since 74 days!!! This is an absolute record in our pigeon gang. My only explanation is that she is afraid that one of the other pijjies on the balcony could occupy her house which has once been Emma’s house.

We have a new patient: Hermine, a juvenile maybe 1/2 year old, heavily moulting with an injured wing.

This morning when I fed our balcony gang I realized that there was a new pigeon with a wing problem. First I thought it was Droopy – the one with an old wing injury and drooping wing but doing fine with it since more than a year now. The new wing injury came inside and ate together with the others. Later I realized that she was still on the balcony, trying to hide from the others. It was not Droopy. So I took her in – she did not even try to escape really and I put her into one of my boxes to give her the opportunity to get a bit used to us.

Later I examined her, realized that her right wing was injured – there was some fresh blood – but I could not feel a broken bone. Besides some fresh blood though there were also parts on her right side just beneath the first joint of the wing and on the wing itself which were already garishly green from the bruises.  So the injury was not quite fresh. I cleaned the injured part of the wing as good as I could and disinfected the whole area with peroxide. Afterwards I applied an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin).

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I am not sure whether this was a bite from a predator – to me it looked rather as if the bird was trapped somewhere and injured himself by trying to free himself. I really don’t know. I could not see any puncture wounds but then the whole area was so swollen that no details were recognisable. Due to the first signs of canker in her mouth I gave her a Spartrix. I am not sure though whether I should really put her on Antibiotics as the injury was not new. Have to wait until the swelling has come down to make a decision.

I am dreading tonight when all the rocket noise is starting.

(Tonight WAS dreadful with all the noise. To me it sounded as if we were in the middle of a war. Terrible. We closed the windows, put the shutters down and went to bed at 11.30 out of protest. While my partner fell asleep soon despite the noise I could not sleep of course. I went outside several times to check on the birds and of course they were quite in panic. Poor pijjies. We had a thick fog so you could not really see very much but the noise was deafening nevertheless. It went on and on until past 1 °clock. Thank heaven it is nearly over. Some idiots have not realized yet that silvester night is over and still are shooting rockets and make a lot of noise. Hopefully this is ending soon. It drives me nuts and makes my heart beat like crazy)

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