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DOVE BITE - Two deaths

Sad news from my aviary - both Mariette and Pascal have died. Both got poorly at the same time and died within 24 hours of each other, leaving Pan and Primrose without their mates.

Mariette was about 13 months and Pascal 18 months.

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Pascal (first picture) and Mariette feeling poorly.

Primrose left the aviary when Pascal got ill but has now returned. I showed Mariette's body to Pan, like I did Chino's (his first mate). He seems depressed - he was top bird and now he has no mate, and it looks like Sorrel and Serafina have taken over his position - with their three offspring, Solitaire + Biba & Nova all living in the aviary.

I wonder if Pan will team up with Primrose...... and I also wonder if there is a sickness going round and how all of them will fare. I have had three other pigeons die, and there is another one in the 'hospital' tonight. But it is the time of year that the pigeons seem to die - I have noticed this before in previous years. They use all their energy for breeding in the summer, then die off.

I am sad about both my pidgies, but particularly Pascal - he was so pretty, and did his best, always trying to make a nest for Primrose, but never able to fly. Here is the last picture of him, in a hay bed in the hospital. He died quietly, in the same position I left him - as did Mariette.

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Posted at 10th Sep 2017 - 10:00PM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE - Two deaths Comments: 7

Fennie's Avatar Very sad tales, Faith. The tailless Pascal was a clear favourite of yours. But I wonder if pigeons get depressed and when the nights begin to draw in and the prospect looms of a cold hungry winter without whatever cheers pigeons up, they just ruffle their feathers and turn their faces to the wall.

What might there be for pigeon entertainment. Music perhaps - apparently pigs like Mozart - I have never heard of birds liking music but they have inspired enough of it so maybe they do. Would it be possible to construct two identical huts one with a radio playing Classic FM and the other not? And see which one was popularised? That would be a real contribution to science and would get you name in lights. And pigeons are we all know intelligent.

Or it could be something to do with magnetism which some people believe pigeons use to navigate. Isn't the earth's magnetism disrupted when the Northern Lights are on? FN would know. But some kind of magnetic therapy might help.
Some magnets in the aviary or an iron bar even. And perhaps a window from which they could see the night time stars.

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Posted by: Fennie on 11th Sep 2017 at 10:15AM

Camilla's Avatar Terribly sad news indeed Faith, so sorry for your loss.Sad

Big hug for you dear Faith.xx

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Sep 2017 at 10:58AM

Faith's Avatar Thanks both of you. Fennie, it's taken me 2 hours today to clean the aviary let alone all your romantic fal-de-dalsLaughing

The birds do have a window in the aviary, plus of course the 'flight' part. I doubt they look at the stars though. In bed and asleep by 7pm ish nowadaysLaughing

Posted by: Faith on 11th Sep 2017 at 04:22PM

Inthemud's Avatar Oh what sad news Faith, so sorry to read this

Posted by: Inthemud on 11th Sep 2017 at 09:50PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Aww poor Pigies.

I have no doubt Pigeons can get depressed much like most animals, my Budgie loved music (just as well in our house) and used to sing along and bob about to it.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Sep 2017 at 09:48AM

Camilla's Avatar I think Pigeons do get depressed my adult Tatiana collared dove who lost her two baby nestlings was cooing for hours in the nest when they had not made it.Sad

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Sep 2017 at 11:20AM

Faith's Avatar Oh yes, they def do get depressed. They are flock birds and shouldnt be kept alone, and they certainly do feel their losses.

Posted by: Faith on 13th Sep 2017 at 07:54AM

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