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Good day Dr
My doves are getting weak every comming day.nd I can see dark red poop in the cage of birds. I doubt that bird food I am using might not be right. Also if my dove dont get healthy they may die.this is first time that iam taling care of birds. Kindly seggest me things that I might be missing in terms of taking care of these birds. Attached is image of birds with food nd image of poop. Doves are thinner than they look in image. Nd we haven't given bath to birds of small cage since they were bought .. that is 3 months as it was very cold in winter

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Dear mahreen,
Reddish droppings primarly suggest coccidiosis(protozoon infection) or can be round worm infestation, which are common in birds.Confirmation can be made by laboratory exam of the droppings.Spoiled food containing fungal growth can cause similar symptoms.Hence please get in touch with your vet to assess the situation ASAP.

Wish you good luck
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Anand

Tips :Do not overfeed your doves and keep the loft clean and dry. Give them enough seeds for one day and do not give them new seeds until they finish all the seeds they have, including those on the dirt. This ensures that no old seeds remain and spoil. Old spoiled seeds harbor mold and bacteria that are harmful to the birds.
Give the doves clean water at least twice a day. Throw away the old water and replace it with fresh water. In the case of homing pigeons, give them water outside their loft to keep their loft free of moisture, which harbors bacteria and mold.
And don't forget to provide grit for your doves or pigeons to help with their digestion. You can buy grit at the feed stores and pet shops where you buy dove feed. A good pigeon mix that includes millet, wheat, safflower, and pop corn.
If the birds get diarrhea (green stools) or lice and mites, you can get over the counter medication at your nearest pet shop or bird shop.
Follow these tips, and your doves will live long, healthy lives! Some doves can live more than 20 years with good care.

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

Experience

A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

Organizations
Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

Education/Credentials
BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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