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Sickly Looking Pigeons

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Just lately I have seen several pigeons that have certainly got something wrong with them , last week I was talking to one of the farmers on the estate where I go and he was saying he have seen several pigeons that just sit about feeling sorry for themselves , today I was around twelve miles away and I saw at least half a dozen pigeons mainly sitting on the verge underneath Oak trees , some carried on sitting there when you slowed down while driving past and some just about managed to take off when you were nearly on to them .

I wonder if the acorns have anything to do with it ? , with this problem being at least 12 miles apart it is not localised to a small area  ,  so have YOU have seen anything similar in your area ?

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Probably gorged on acorns? Their crops are probably so full and heavy they are lethargic and have difficulty taking off!

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22 minutes ago, panoma1 said:

Probably gorged on acorns? Their crops are probably so full and heavy they are lethargic and have difficulty taking off!

You could well be right , a few years ago when there was a glut of acorns people were saying they ( pigeons ) were getting drugged on the amount they were eating due to the toxin in the acorn , that year they were still eating acorns up to at least Christmas and possibly longer , this year the acorns haven't been on the ground for that long and I haven't seen it other years .

The ones I saw were both young and old with the body feathers puffed out .

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Talking to one of my Farmers last week some of his sheep had to be medicated due to eating acorns, at the stables one of the paddocks had a glut on the floor and the owner had to sweep them up as the horse in that field was sickly. I'm not sure if it is the tannin in them ??

looking at the hide position this week the floor was littered but some were going rotten already.

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5 minutes ago, pigeon controller said:

Talking to one of my Farmers last week some of his sheep had to be medicated due to eating acorns, at the stables one of the paddocks had a glut on the floor and the owner had to sweep them up as the horse in that field was sickly. I'm not sure if it is the tannin in them ??

looking at the hide position this week the floor was littered but some were going rotten already.

Due to the long hot summer Oak trees along with some other trees started to shed there leaves early and I was thinking if the acorns matured long enough before they started to drop to the ground .

With the ones I saw under or very close to Oak trees , I am now convinced acorns have something to do with it .

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50 minutes ago, getthegat said:

Saw one on Saturday, flying so slow I was able to shoot it😂

:lol:...thats my style .............

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Possibly pigeon canker, seen a lot of it the last couple of years around this time of year, we get them in the garden acting very lethargic, almost as if they are drugged up, usually find them dead in the garden after a few days, on inspection their throats are almost blocked by the canker growth and they starve to death.

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as it seems to be this time of year ...........i wonder if it is anything to do with the dressing the farmers have on their seed when drilling.........:hmm:

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2 hours ago, pigeon controller said:

Thanks Old'un for the heads up, I feel I qualify for a degree now I've read all that!!!!!

Yep, it was a bit of a long read….over the years it surprised me the amount of people who have never heard or seen of pigeon canker, I only know about it because my uncle used to keep racing pigeons, It is common in racing pigeons but easily treated with medication in the drinking water.

As my earlier post, the last couple of years I have noticed a fair few birds with canker, don’t know if you have noticed it in any of the birds you have shot?  

 

You should get your diploma in the post in the next couple of days.:smartass:

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Late but relevant, this pigeon canker is blamed on Beech masts round these parts, (NE Hampshire.) We have millions of Oak trees with varying crops of acorns every year but the sickness only occurs in a "Beech mast year." The last I remember was about three years ago.

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