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Bird's disease: what can you get from pigeons?


Not only can street birds get sick, but also your pets. After all, it is always very important to monitor hygiene and hygiene in the cage, as well as to provide the birds with the right balanced nutrition. Otherwise, she could get sick. Further information is directed on how to recognize the most famous of pigeon diseases.

Ornithosis is a viral disease, the peak of which occurs during the cool season, when immunity is particularly weak. The virus causes chlamydia, as a result of which the respiratory system is affected. About 150 species of pigeons can be carriers of the infection.

How to understand that this pigeon has ornithosis? The symptoms are obvious: the chicks can suffer from diarrhea, shortness of breath. In addition, if the bird is sick, then it grows poorly, it has no appetite, and the plumage does not cause admiration.

It is necessary to carefully monitor adult birds. Runny nose, wheezing, heavy breathing, inflammation of the mucous membrane and eyes, as well as constant tearing are the main signs of this infectious disease that you should immediately pay attention to. In the last stage of the disease, the pigeons are paralyzed in the legs as well as the wings.

If a bird sneezes and shakes its head, it means that it wants to get rid of nasal discharge. Therefore, the disease is accompanied by shortness of breath and wheezing nasal sounds. If you do not provide the pigeon with proper care and treatment for several days, it will die.

If you meet on the street a languid pigeon that does not fly away when approaching - this is a cause for concern, because the virus is transmitted by airborne droplets.

You can become infected in another way: for example, sick birds have gathered on your windowsill in the morning. You just open the window to wind the room, and this can frighten them away. Birds soar, flying near your face. This can also cause infection.

But the main danger lies in the fact that the disease has a “hidden period” - when the bird is already infected, but there are no visible symptoms.

The first signs of illness in humans: the appearance of cough, chills, pain in the muscles and lungs. Also the temperature rises. The symptoms themselves resemble pneumonia, because of this the treatment will take several months. Therefore, you should always be especially careful with sick birds.


This disease affects the digestive tract. Salmonellosis is one of the most common and dangerous for humans infectious diseases of birds. Symptoms appear quickly (4-6 hours after infection) and sharply: the temperature rises, pains appear in the head, as well as the stomach, which are accompanied by vomiting, nausea, indigestion. But the particular danger of salmonellosis for a person is that the heart and blood vessels may also suffer.

Symptoms of birds are also pronounced, so they are difficult to confuse with any other disease: diarrhea, which is characterized by liquid droppings with the blood of a rich green color.
There are several forms of the disease. If a pigeon is affected by the articular, then their volume increases, the bird cannot fly, it constantly limp. The nervous form is accompanied by paralysis of the wings, head tremor.

Newcastle is the most insidious disease, because its symptoms are easily confused with a cold, which prevents the correct diagnosis and timely treatment. But you should definitely pay attention to conjunctivitis and a little fever. If during not to take measures, then digestive, respiratory, and also nervous systems will suffer. But still for a person the disease is not as dangerous as for a pigeon.

How to determine that the bird is sick exactly "pseudo-wit"? Pay attention to such symptoms: the mucous membrane of the eyes becomes inflamed, a discharge from the oral cavity of the viscous mucus and diarrhea with green droppings appear. The dove sneezes, his legs and wings are paralyzed. But there are cases when symptoms are hidden in an infected bird, but at the same time it is an active carrier of the disease. A particular danger is that even after recovery for about a month, they still secrete a virus with droppings.

Other diseases

But the list of pigeon-borne diseases does not end there. You are familiar with only the most common. But a pigeon can also become infected with tuberculosis, erysipelas, tularemia, toxoplasmosis, encephalitis, listeriosis.

When a tuberculosis is in the body of a pigeon, specific tuberculous foci form in various organs as well as tissues. This dangerous disease is difficult to diagnose, since there are no characteristic signs: the birds do not move much, there is no laying of eggs during the breeding season, the body weight is sharply reduced, even if the food is good. Therefore, in order to determine that the bird is ill with tuberculosis, one should pay attention to the appearance of the pallor of the beak and marigold, lameness, paralysis, swelling of the leg joints.

You can get infected from sick birds, as well as their secretions. The pigeon's organism affects the bird-type tubercle bacillus. Therefore, if it becomes the cause of a human disease, then the symptoms are different: lesions in the form of nodular lesions appear on the skin and mucous membranes.

The most dangerous disease that is tolerated by a dove is encephalitis. It affects the brain. Listeriosis is especially dangerous for pregnant women, because it affects the fetus.

How to protect yourself?

If your poultry is sick, then you need to think about personal protective equipment. Do not forget to wear cotton-gauze bandages. In addition, use gloves during feeding, because touching the bird with bare hands is strictly prohibited.

Even if you just fed a pigeon on the street - be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water after that. If a child helped you, then forbid him to rub his eyes with his hands and touch his face, as well as touch the food with his hands. Otherwise, if the pigeon is sick, then infection can not be avoided.

If you have any signs of the disease - the first thing to ask for help from a doctor. After all, it is simply impossible to diagnose yourself; you may confuse the symptoms of an insidious illness with a common cold.

Pigeons are the favorites of not only poultry farmers, but also ordinary city dwellers. Their charming cooing, as well as a beautiful color attracts attention. But take precautions will not be superfluous.

How not to get infected from a street bird?

Infection from street birds is difficult, but possible. In general, cases of the disease are rare. Usually, infection leads to hygiene.

Most diseases can get into the human body if you drink raw eggs, eat poultry, or if feces get into the digestive tract.

You can feed the birds using feeders or throwing food on the asphalt. You can not feed the birds with hands, worse than this can only be feeding right from the mouth.

Moreover, you can not touch the sick birds, it should be done only by experts. A sick bird looks sluggish, with pale plumage, watery eyes, refuses food, the tail can be smeared with liquid droppings.

If a sick bird has landed on your balcony, then it is better to drive it outside, then do a wet cleaning with the use of disinfectants using goggles, a cotton-gauze bandage and rubber gloves.

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Dangerous infection vectors

Considered to be symbols of peace and friendship, doves have been living with a person for centuries. They feed on waste, arranging nesting places in the attics of apartment buildings and abandoned buildings. Wild birds do not differ in accuracy and defecate in the same place where they eat.

The faeces mixed with the feed cause infection from bird to bird, causing the development of a number of dangerous diseases:

  • ornithosis
  • salmonellosis,
  • infectious listeriosis,
  • “Pseudo-pills” or Newcastle disease,
  • campiobacteriosis,
  • pseudotuberculosis,
  • acute focal tularemia infection.

Birds living in flocks are peddlers of various parasites, which you can find out by reading the article “Pigeon fleas, worms, ticks and other parasites”.

How and what you can get, tell below. And also we will teach you to identify diseased birds in a timely manner by external signs. Only by noticing the site of the infection in a timely manner, can the proper treatment be carried out, preventing the infection of other pigeons and people in contact with them.

Aviannithosis similar to pneumonia

If a domestic or wild bird begins to breathe heavily, uttering rattles, the mucous membrane is inflamed and constant tearing is manifested, then these are the first signs of avian ornithosis. The pigeon begins to sneeze frequently and shakes its head, trying to get rid of the mucus accumulated in the nasopharynx, and the gusts of the wind spread the pathogens.

As a rule, infected pigeons lose viability in a few days. Ornithosis leads to subsequent paralysis of the legs and wings, after which the individual perishes. The article "Treatment of ornithosis in a pigeon" will find all the details.

This is just one of dozens of many dangerous diseases transmitted by airborne droplets. Its pathogens, chlamydia, can get into the human nasal cavity even from infected birds flying past it, not to mention the cases of direct contact with a diseased bird.

In an infected person, the temperature rises, a cough, chills appear, the muscles begin to ache and the joints ache. In its manifestations, ornithosis resembles pneumonia and requires long-term treatment with the use of special medications and antibiotics.

Digestive tract salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is a common intestinal infection that can be transmitted from pigeons. The source of bird contamination is landfills, which are food waste.

Pigeons are happy to consume not only food of plant origin, but discarded meat, sausages, canned food, which may contain a very dangerous pathogen Salmonella.

After 4-6 hours, the temperature of the body rises sharply in an infected bird. There is a headache, expressed in constant anxiety. The pigeon starts to feel sick, he defies. In the discharge is a large number of blood clots rich green color.

With the development of the disease, the pathogen affects the muscular system. The bird loses its ability to fly, leaping uneasily on the spot.

If you see a wild pigeon on the street, which behaves sluggishly, not trying to fly away at your approach, then this may be a sign of infection with salmonella, and you should be extremely careful, avoiding contact with it.

With direct contact with a diseased bird, especially through time, unwashed hands that rub eyes or take food, the causative agent of salmonellosis can be transmitted to the human body. The characteristic signs of the disease is the appearance of intestinal disorders, accompanied by diarrhea and nausea.

Very often, the patient's body temperature rises sharply. If these symptoms appear, you should immediately consult a doctor and receive the prescribed medication.

Dirty hands disease

Wild and domestic pigeons are often exposed to bacterial parasites, among which bacteria of the genus Listeria occupy a special place.

In most cases, the disease is mild and resembles an allergy, accompanied by a slight increase in temperature and an increase in lymph nodes. In weakened birds with a low level of immunity, meningitis or encephalitis may develop.

Bacteria live in the intestines of a sick pigeon and are transmitted through bird feces.

Infectious listeriosis is sometimes called the disease of unwashed hands, because the pathogen is transmitted with particles of dirt remaining on the hands of a person who has been in contact with an infected individual. The pathogens are extremely viable and retain the ability to reproduce even with prolonged exposure to a dry environment.

In humans, listeriosis manifests itself in a mild form, since these bacteria are not adapted to life in the body of mammals. But when pregnant women become infected, the bacteria is transmitted to the fetus, negatively affecting its development.

Pseudocoma or Newcastle disease

Specialists have this extremely dangerous disease called pseudo-pigeon. On external signs, it resembles a cold and is accompanied by a slight increase in temperature. The bird has thick mucous discharge from the mouth and eyes become inflamed, and in the stool one can see lumpy formations of green color.

Pseudochuma and other diseases dangerous for humans from pigeons are transmitted mainly by airborne droplets. A microscopic virus can enter the body of an adult or a child during the laying of food in pigeon feeders, or when cleaning the house in which infected birds live.

Feed Lovers

Feed the birds and animals on the street with quality food! This is especially true for compassionate grandmothers. Many of you cannot buy normal grain for the bird, and feed sour foods. This causes pigeon indigestion.

Do not give the pigeons mildew! And those who do not know, I will explain.

Millet is very useful. When we cook porridge for ourselves, we make sure that it is fresh. Wash thoroughly, otherwise millet porridge will be bitter. And the stale is not used in food in any way. Is it dangerous!

Similarly, millet is washed thoroughly before cooking, in villages and villages, those who feed them chickens. Otherwise, the massive death of chicks will begin.

So why are so many so cruel to a free bird? Well, if you take care of the environment, then do it humanely! Feed pigeons with quality and healthy products. and not the fact that the arm will fall, just to entertain their children. From this neither pigeons nor children benefit will be! - Only harm!

If in Moscow, young people, in the main, chase their grandmothers so that they do not ruin the health of pigeons and people, in Kiev, on the contrary, young moms and daddies do evil themselves, putting their little ones in the thick of pigeon infections.

What a litter in birds where you feed the pigeons in the presence of your children! - The bulk of the birds with the most severe diarrhea!

Watch how pigeons behave in your yard, park, park! It's August now. Until the cold weather, healthy pigeons should practically be stocked with vitamins and microelements practically all daylight, fattening up for the whole winter. Strong flocks now do not sit near people, begging for food, like homeless strollers.

On the contrary, they graze on grasses and trees, eating various seeds and berries. I saw pigeons grazing in clean wastelands and clearings. They are scattered throughout the district and tirelessly pecking and pecking. In the silence, you hear their beak clicks. Here it is really good to see and hear! And they catch a lot of insects. Birds work!

Periodically flocks of pigeons fly to clean water to drink and make good spans, chasing themselves and their young. Thus, they strengthen themselves physically and take care of the health of their offspring.

And one more tip

Prepare for the winter a little grain, legumes, seeds, fruits, vegetables and berries. In times of long and damp cold weather, birds and animals have to be tight. Then the help of a person will be really appropriate.

In severe frosts, I sometimes feed all my supplies to the crows, pigeons, sparrows, titmouses and other birds. Help and you pigeons in need, but do not make of them year-round beggars! May they be strong, healthy and beautiful! And most importantly - useful and safe!

Think about what function should birds perform in nature? What is their purpose on our mother Earth? What will happen if the birds, instead of being medics, will themselves be a contagion?

I hope that I have not worked in vain over this material. I am very worried about my little Kiev residents.

Where are the children of pigeons

Where do pigeons hide their children? Where do little pigeon chicks fly? - Such questions are most often asked by people at the end of summer and autumn.

I answer. Birds bring offspring almost all year round - from two to five times. In the winter - rarely.

The female warms up the first clutch. Then the male feeds the chicks. A female sits on the next clutch.

The chicks are at first tiny, ugly, blind and almost completely naked. About a month later, babies begin to fly out of the nest. But the strongest survive.

In size, the dovetails look like an adult. Looking closer, you can see that they are not as powerful. Feet thin. The beak seems longer due to the lack of feathers on it.

Habitats: attics, ventilation shafts, abandoned buildings, very dense crowns of trees, sometimes - balconies.

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I do not like urban animals. First, it is their unnatural habitat. Secondly, they carry a huge number of viruses and bacteria.
Once I was in the attic and saw a dwelling, a birthplace, a toilet and a cemetery of pigeons at the same time. All in one place. It's horrible. The smell still causes ...

Just the opposite! - the city is not only natural, but also the only habitat of "urban animals". В природе синантропы не обитают.
— А запах голубятни далеко не так противен, как запах человеческой бомжатины.

Читая эту статью мне почему-то вспомнилась пословица: «Волков бояться в лес не ходить». В знакомом городе Печоры возле монастыря есть знак «Место кормления голубей». Так там постоянно туристы с маленькими детьми кормят голубей. Надо бы монахам Вашу статью показать. Ведь там не только «чистые» монахи живут, но и полно «грязных» бомжей обитает. Если монастырь ухожен, то сам город превращён в свалку. Garbage containers in some places in the fall are not removed.

So after all, in the end, not the birds are to blame for the whole mess. And those who breed them, keep the pigeons clean and tidy. And what breeds are wonderful! My stepfather also made pigeons and my children held them in their hands. - Oh, what were these pigeons! - Clean, beautiful, smart, noble, healthy!

Kids always love to feed pigeons. I often watch. And now she came from her mother, where pigeons fly to her every day, at the same time. She feeds them millet, and loves them very much. He pours grain, stands nearby, guards so that the crows do not come down. The crows are stronger than pigeons, pigeons usually fly away. And for some reason, a crow in our village is very much!

We also love to feed the birds, but sometimes we think with caution - but will we not have bird flu?

My husband specifically buys a packet of seeds so that the children can feed the pigeons. But with the same pleasure they chase them. Compassionate grandmothers, who are beginning to shout at two-year-old children, are always annoyed so that they do not chase pigeons. After all, the child's sense is not to chase away, but to catch up. It's good that pigeons are faster)

The fact that the children chase the pigeons, the only benefit. The faster the birds, the better their survival. It is also useful for children to run and laugh, but this is what they breathe in at this time and pick up their mouths from the ground? It's one thing when a child practically lives on the street and his immune system is perfectly adapted, although it also depends on heredity. And it is completely different when a baby is a resident of a megapolis and there are very few on the street. And if he also does not shine with health, then mothers of such babies need to be more careful, especially if the flock of pigeons is clearly sick.
We have met such a flock, almost entirely of sick pigeons, I met in the center of Kiev, near the restaurant "The Jug", which is located in the square between Gorky, Fedorov and Krasnoarmeyskaya streets. In the same place kids of different age walk every day. Some mothers feed children and pigeons at the same time. And the birds, I repeat, are very sick.
Usually a flock of their most sick relatives expels, and they then die somewhere far away from the pack. And here all the birds are sick. They are dying, wallowing in front of people and children. City services do not follow them. Only the wipers of dead birds are removed over time.
And, working in the Osokorki family, we fed the pigeons with the pupil without fear. First of all, the pigeons are all there, as if on selection - strong, strong. This is the outskirts of the city, and the bird often flies away to the lake and the forests, to natural food. The flock looks very healthy, because it does not beg and does not run hither through the trash bins, but lives mostly as prey of natural food. These birds do not fly over their heads, clinging to their faces, but try to make a circle, and keep aside fearfully. Try them again to feed them.
And secondly, there the mother always lays all the remnants of the table in the refrigerator with street animals, and the parents and grandmothers also feed the birds. They immediately helped the child to develop immunity, starting with frequent trips to the village, to the great-grandmother, where goats, chickens, and other living creatures. This is the only family in my practice where a baby with a cat in an embrace on the floor can sleep. In all other cases, cats brought harm to babies. Either worms, allergies, or an adult cat began to throw itself at the child, threatening its health.

Oh, how many things have to be considered for the child to be healthy! ... Of course, everything depends on the attitude of the parents, on their care and hygiene. Sterility is also harmful, has already been proven. Everything needs measure and common sense.

Yes, Irina, I had an idea that the pigeons were hawkers of various "contagion", but did not know that the situation was so serious. I carried in the yard I saw how mummies and young children fed the birds, the children managed to lift the uneaten pieces of bread and chop it up again. Nooo, now I will conduct an educational conversation among mothers - children must be protected!

In order for immunity to develop, contact with different agents of infections is necessary, but, of course, to a reasonable degree. Therefore, the responsibility of parents here is great. If you completely protect children from animals, then surely they will start to hurt from each collision with them. I am for a moderate reasonable approach, without extremes.

Pigeons can be fed in a contactless way.
I myself have been a catwoman since childhood. I picked up homeless cats, fed them, took them home until the adults were at home. And never once got infected from them.

An extraordinarily remarkable article that brings us closer to the natural world around us. Especially children who rejoice at the code run after the pigeons, I just remember myself as a child, when also walking in the park, I liked to feed the pigeons from the hand and when they are so close and pleasant these moments of children's unforgettable joy.
Sincerely, Denis!

Very emotional article you have turned out, my children love to feed the pigeons. We have a woman living in the stairwell, so she always feeds the pigeons and says that the pigeon is God's bird ...

I hope that our pigeons are mostly healthy. I myself with the children, when they were small, fed the pigeons directly from the hand. We have places where pigeons are constantly fed and they are accustomed to man.

Irina Olegovna, your recommendations are just a miracle. I adore feeding the pigeons so much, but I didn’t think much about such a danger ...
Interestingly, even in St. Petersburg they were, always took something in her purse, even bought seeds with a friend to feed the pigeons ... in short, I myself, as a child ...

Very interesting material. Did not attach earlier significance to the fact that bird droppings are poisonous. I immediately remembered how in Smolensk a huge number of crows sat on trees in the park and they politely marked people. It was necessary to be humble under an umbrella, as they flew over in flocks and did not forget to mark on the fly. What kind of luck here? But you can meet pigeons everywhere. And, indeed, there is a temptation to feed from the hand. Your information is sobering from this temptation.

Like many people born in the countryside, I used to chase pigeons, they are very graceful and beautiful. Not many people know that there are a large number of domestic pigeon breeds. Often, all knowledge ends in carrier pigeons. And I so want to say that children and pigeons are wonderful. But unfortunately you are right, pigeons in cities is a problem.

and I liked so much to drive pigeons in my childhood! and I also liked to feed them. I did not even think that they were dangerous until my friend from Vladisotok said that there were no pigeons in their city. They are there, it turns out, as it is exterminated.

They did not drive the pigeons, but I always liked to feed them. Of course you need to be careful. But, after all, children and pigeons are the communication of children with nature, the love of all living things. Very often, in a city or a park, I watch people feeding pigeons - the sight is very pleasant, you always want to smile and feed the doves too.
And my mother every day in the kitchen (on the windowsill) feeds a couple of doves.

What an interesting and relevant topic, well, who did not feed the pigeons? On the contrary, it was always encouraged by both teachers and society, but hardly anyone thought about this side of the coin. Thank you, Irina, enlighten, let's be careful ...

The article is useful, interesting and timely. Doves have to be wary. Although I kept pigeons when I was young, they were other birds. They were well fed, flew for hours and only sat on the dovecote. Such, I think, are safe, but a pigeon hungry picking up food is not clear where it may be contagious.

And, there are only dangers around. But after all such cases happen not so often. I think if you are afraid of everything, then why live in general

Yes, nonna, it is. About trouble, we do not think until it touches. So we are arranged. But our godfather died at 23 from tuberculosis. There are three kids left.
I think that kids do not need to contact with pigeons and street animals. They have not yet strengthened immunity.
In Ukraine, the epidemic is now growing slowly. There is something to think about.

“The godfather died at 23 from tuberculosis. There are three kids left ... ”if they are not triplets. But after a little while, it can be assumed that your relative had already had a very stormy life, and pigeons were not the cause of the disease, but the result. The conclusions as an option are exaggerated and most likely the health of your relative was already shaky.

Not an option. The first child was not his, and the third was not even a year.

A child is born with basic immunity and at first copes with the dangers of the constantly improving bacterial and viral world, he is helped by his mother's milk, which has the necessary antibodies. Then the child’s immune system begins to improve under the influence of external hazards. If children are prohibited from contacting the outside world, then this will not happen, because immunity needs to be developed, and if protected, first of all from automobile exhaust gases, cheap or low-quality products from the supermarket, etc., which, in fact, affects the stability of the immune system of a person of any age.

Alas, sadly, this is not about contact with the outside world, but with specific animals: pigeons, cats, dogs and other city animals that can really cause irreparable harm to a child and this side should not be neglected. After all, they are fed not with the quality food they eat themselves, but with waste and garbage. Such food is dangerous for people, but also for animals, and therefore indirectly can return to us, including children. If we are adults, we can still pass by without paying attention or grumble at fanatical grandmothers and other people fanatically loving animals. Often a fanatical love for animals becomes a cause for people's hatred. In such people, as a rule, in proportion to their love for animals, hatred towards people grows to varying degrees. Many tyrants and famous people who love animals to fanaticism, no less hate people, including neighbors. The most striking example is Hitler. Unearthly love for her sheepdog and unprecedented hatred for people. Anyone who sets a goal can find no less than their examples. Therefore, be more attentive to the conclusions of the author and protect the health of relatives and friends. You can not always restrict access to wild and wild animals for your children and grandchildren. And it is fraught. In other words, beware!

“From the exhaust gases of cars, cheap or low-quality products from the supermarket, etc.” - this is the bitter truth of the modern world, Victor is right, although not on the subject of the article.
I did not want to write here, but I can not stand it, I will write, confirming specifically your words, Vasily.
Walking with a small child in a large city park, I faced hatred for people, for children, a man, a woman who loved animals very much, but no less hated people.
We walked along the long sidewalk of the park, and ahead of the dogs a bloody big bone was divided. There was nowhere to turn. Back to get around - far away. Though fly to the sky.
The woman fed the dogs daily; they ran to her from all over the park. Why she thought it was on the path of people to arrange such a spectacle, I do not understand.
I made a remark to her, rather softly. Not for feeding the animals, but for doing it aside. It was impossible to see the kid and the bones of this scarecrow (it was even unpleasant to me), and the dogs could pounce on him if he suddenly escaped and ran towards them.
In response, she betrayed such an evil tirade that I almost fell through the ground. We have heard enough with the crumb and about "multiplied" and about "so that all of you would rest." It was more terrible than the fact of feeding animals. It was necessary to turn back, after all, in order not to hear it and not to see a face twisted with anger.

And right here in the kindergarten, pigeon feeders stand 🙁 next to the playground for little ones ((And the pigeons there were fed up, they eat right from their hands. Somehow I had never thought that this could be harmful (((

I finished the article and added it with convincing videos. I hope that now no one will have any doubt that pigeons and small children, pregnant women, people with weakened immunity are incompatible. Even veterinarians and ornithologists began to say that care should be taken when contacting pigeons on the street. Massive infectious diseases of pigeons in August is an annual phenomenon not only in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, but also in other countries.

Last autumn, my friend, a girl of seven, was seriously ill with meningitis. Doctors say that the source of infection with this disease is blue. Now the girl avoids all the pigeons.

Meningitis is a dangerous disease. Sometimes - with the worst consequences. The fact that pigeons can "give" him, learned for the first time. Although, based on the methods of infection to them, it is quite possible to allow such.

Information about the pigeon "infection" is greatly exaggerated and massaged a few years ago. Currently, a lot of research suggests that the chance of being infected by pigeons with something is much lower (!) Than from any other animal. The same ornithosis - almost all cases of infection are associated with the acquisition of exotic birds in the house (parrots, for example). Also do not forget that pigeons are revered in Orthodoxy. Besides, these are very cute creatures. If at least once was associated with them, for example, the chick came out, then this love for them will be forever. Winter is coming - hungry for birds, feed the birds!

Last summer, two kids in the family at the weekend fed the birds. I come back from the weekend, - their eyes are swollen, especially in the little ...

I am 21. I have now picked up a pigeon. He was sitting at my window from the very lunchtime and until the evening I felt sorry for him. Now I’m sitting here and I'm afraid I don’t have to get infected with something, what should I do?

Roya, the best, in my opinion, to show the bird to the vet!
Maybe he is quite healthy, but he flew out of the pigeon house and was lost. Or maybe sick.
Why dove asked for help, it's hard for me to say. In severe frosts, even shy birds and animals keep close to man.
We now have about zero, so that the birds feel great without us.

Rumors about pigeons, as carriers of infection, are too exaggerated. Pigeons suffer from their own specific diseases, even a specific form of tuberculosis, but people cannot get sick with these diseases, because Birds and mammals make up various life clusters and they have specific pathogens. All my life, and I'm 62, pick up sick pigeons. These are, as a rule, individuals traumatized by the kids, which crazy mothers use as toys for their youngsters. But come across and just sick. Hygiene rules for the maintenance of protozoa: as well as after visiting the street, wash hands more often, preferably with antibacterial soap, take a special place for the sick pigeon, at least for the first 40 days of quarantine. There are many websites on the Internet where you can learn about the features of the content of a pigeon in an apartment. And the most dangerous carriers of infection for people are people, dogs, cats, in general, all mammals.
I would also like to note that the concept of chasing pigeons was introduced by golubevodami, but not as it relates to juvenile izuverami for whom the mockery of living beings is a pleasure. The pigeons chase the pigeons entwined in the dovecote with a rag tied to a pole so that they fly.

Agree with you. Now I have a wounded crow living. Picked up in the yard 10 days ago. How can you pass by! And I teach my daughter from an early age to adequately communicate with animals — not to chase, not kick, but to feed, to look from the side. This is understandable since 2 years.

Respected, if not harmful!

In appearance, it is possible and cute, but ... witnessed several cases when these cute birds planted a seven-year-old boy on the fifth point, flying up in a flock. How many times have I had to show a reaction so that they do not crash into me. In relation to their relatives, they are generally very cruel. Another picture. Grandmother and grandson decided to feed the bread to the pigeons, so as not to throw it away. Grandmother and her grandson quietly left. And then it began ... 5-6 birds flew in turn. At first everything seemed to be peaceful. Each came to his piece. A few minutes later a few more friendly pigeons arrived. And then it began. They pounced on the first flock to take away the feed. Pecked them everywhere, including the back of the head. First, the first flock resisted, but not for long, they had to surrender. It was a cruel sight, not for the faint of heart. Hunger is not my aunt. Looking at this sight, I thought, if the birds of the world behave in such a way that they talk about others. People be alert. Beware of wild and feral animals, they are dangerous for health and for life. Be a worthy example to your children and grandchildren. Love animals at home without fanaticism, but also without unnecessary snot. Who, if not we, will pass on our invaluable experience to our children and grandchildren in relation to animals.
Sincerely, Vasily Solovyov

Dear friends, I used to think the same way as the author of the article. Somehow I picked up a sick bird and ... no longer pass by. I learned how to heal all pigeon sores. Birds constantly live at home and many are on treatment. This was helped by the old Myberls, where not indifferent people save the birds. For several years I have been doing this, and as you see, I am alive and well. From pigeon you can only become infected with ornithosis and salmonellosis - then if you do not wash your hands and eat it raw.
Зараза оказалась преувеличена- и все, кто лечит голубей- тому живой пример.
Причем, я сама врач, закончившая институт с красным дипломом.
Любите голубей, не отворачивайтесь от чужой беды , кормите пеловкой, а не хлебом и пшеном и просто мойте руки! Вот и все!

Лена, спасибо за то, что поделились своим жизненным опытом. У нас он разный, так же, как и контакты.
Часть людей общается в среде взрослых, им нечего опасаться, если они здоровы.
And people like me devote their lives to the smallest children, who are poorly protected from external ill effects. I have my own life experience, quite serious.
And about “washing hands with soap”, believe me, even adults do not always do this, what can we say about children. Immediately the pigeon is fed, it can be lifted up right there with the earth littered with liquid droppings, and we can put it in our mouth.

By the way, he rummaged through the entire Internet - he collected both this and that - “How many people got infected from pigeons”, “Statistics on the number of cases of diseases transmitted to people from pigeons”, “Cases of people getting infected from pigeons”, etc. - and not a single line! “And also:“ Why did I, climbing in my childhood and youth in attics and killing pigeons in dozens, then pluck them at home, gut, tar, cook and eat (the teacher’s family was starving), ”didn’t catch anything! - though, - I became bald after 40, and I had treated caries in 3 teeth! - probably because of the pigeons. And the destruction of poultry in farms (ostensibly from the probability of infection with bird flu) was deliberately produced by the anti-people government in order to earn on the import of imported chickens, disrupting the country's agriculture. The pigs were also to blame, if you remember. But - now Obama is to blame! “And if pigeons are still enemies of people's lives, overfill everyone and take them to jails for food, they will only thank you!” “Or does the hai chew on a rancid moldy millet with a rotten, frozen potato?” In short: - If pigeons interfere with people, they (pigeons) should be poisoned and the question should be closed.

God created people and animals, gave them a body, a soul, and an equal right to live on earth, but endowed man with a higher intelligence by breathing spirit into him. The presence of the spirit automatically meant the appointment of a man as a brother in relation to our smaller brothers. But it seems to me that God also has a marriage in the production of the created world. And instead of a highly developed intellect, some people have the brain and the logic of life at the level of the brain and the logic of the smaller brothers.
To crush all the pigeons, of course, the cardinal proposal, then there will be no one to scratch the lacquer of precious cars, smear them, etc., then some people will not need to invent mythical theories about the infectiousness of pigeons. But, in my opinion, normal people need to realize that the human form does not determine the presence of a person of highly developed intelligence, and decisively indicate their place in the society of various doghunters, bird-killers and similar morons.

Happy New Year, Ανδρεας!
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The answer is δνδρεας to Viktor, with the permission of Ανδρεας ("I’ve got enough of everything and no inspiration. Do what you want. The Internet also ends - it's buggy and there is no money"):

“I will not argue about the origin of man, about spirit, divine“ marriage ”and“ original law ”in order not to look like an idiot.
On the topic of the infectiousness of pigeons let unbiased experts polemicize.
Based on time experience, I will instinctively observe basic hygienic standards.
Killing pigeons for food has already ceased as 25 years old (thank God for the shitty pupil from 5-chiki money is still enough).
And I just love pigeons, being a humanist by nature and a biologist by training (although I do not work in the specialty).
And to be afraid and hate nature is possible only from ugly upbringing and undevelopedness.
I propose to draw attention to the problems that are much more important: - The oncoming Islamization, the fratricidal war in Ukraine and the catastrophic impoverishment of the population, including the mundane consciousness. “Let the pigeons die and multiply.”

An article about pigeons. Ugly upbringing ?! What are you doing here with your suggestions about Ukraine, etc.?

Barbara, in vain you make noise here. Any phenomenon in society is connected with many connections with other processes occurring in it. You are mistaken if you think that the discussion of the article should occur only at the level: “Pigeons poop and pee or whine”. The ability to philosophize is one of the main qualities that distinguish man from animals.
And about the article to which you link, I can say the following. Not one representative of either world religion or sectarian god, for serving him, did not issue a license. That is how people serve, as they can, who, strictly observing the canons, and who, carrying gag. Repent, if need be, God and forgive.

It is one thing when you are philosophizing, and another thing is when it comes to the physical survival of a person.
When these letters .. like .. fly into window leaves and windows all year round, then this is no longer a philosophy, but a serious threat to immunity, and there is no place for sentiment.

Usually, such as the author, the children are forever and sick, they themselves say pigeons are useful for chasing them .. who said that? Pigeons ate 50 years ago from the hands of people, now there is almost no such find .. so your greenhouse kids are therefore always sick that you bake too much, you are afraid to open the window at home ... all the diseases of pigeons, almost all are transmitted to them by people. As for the comment, why do comments when your larvae chase pigeons and other animals, because the current mothers do not have culture, I have seen how the larvae of such mothers are kicking cats and puppies and this mother does not even make a remark! If you tell the child that the cat is dangerous, the bird too, the puppy, then this can cause not fear, but hatred of the animal! And most importantly, the article noted the phrase beast in relation to urban animals, and so the beast is a man!

Your comment, Alexey, touched me deeply. Good mood to you!
I answer immediately, so that the labels are glued to where they should be.

The most interesting thing about "children get sick."
So here. In the class of my grandson (and he is already 14 years old, by the way!), Both children and parents still remember how he and his grandmother (with me, that is) rode from the steep shore of the lake in the cold winter. Some of the children watched from the window, acquiring envy.
Now with our granddaughter (1.4 g) we don’t miss a single day, we walk twice a day, both in the rain and in the snow. At this time, the apartment is well ventilated.
Sleeps "larva" without socks, in a sweater and thin pants on diapers. At the same time, both during the day and all night long, the window is open for airing. Blanket absolutely does not want to hide. That's just starting to cover slightly, because we have a repair, and in my room, where she is now sleeping, the temperature drops already to 16-17 times.

I worked as a nanny in families only in those where parents love the fresh air, where I had the opportunity to regularly and long walk with children so that they could grow healthy.
Maybe that's why our family is so long-lived.

Concerning "my beast" - you ask for a start, whether it is roughly said.
"... I am happy that I kissed women,
Crumpled flowers, lay on the grass
And the beasts, like our smaller brothers,
I never hit the head ... ”(Sergey Yesenin)

How many poets, writers, owners of entire retail chains, etc. etc. use this capacious word!

People. Do not feed the birds with large pieces of bread. Birds are infected from each other through pieces of bread. grind to size one piece one gulp of the bird. So sorry to watch sick pigeons. Do not throw food, do not put plates with food for animals or feed one and remove the dishes. Paul

I wish I never thought that pigeons are so contagious. My children feed them on the court. Before you go outside, be sure to take millet or bread. Now I know. Thank you for the article.

Diagnosis of the disease

Most often ornithosis occurs in pigeons.. Moreover, this disease is often the answer to the question why doves pigeons die. On the first day of the disease, young animals experience symptoms such as shortness of breath and diarrhea, which develop over time and can lead to the death of chicks (usually at the age of 24 weeks).

If you have noticed similar signs of ornithosis in your pigeons, then this is a serious reason for panic. Infected young individuals grow poorly, poorly fledged and poorly eaten. In adult birds, the disease can manifest as shortness of breath, runny nose, and wheezing. Also often observed conjunctivitis, accompanied by profuse tearing.

You can not guess why the pigeon is trembling, but as soon as the bird begins to sneeze and constantly shake its head, wanting to get rid of nasal discharge, you should think about the possibility of such a disease. After a few days without proper care, the pigeon is draining and will perish.

Treatment and Prevention

The most effective agents in the treatment of ornithosis are azithromycin and erythromycinprescribed in moderate therapeutic doses. It is also possible to use tetracycline antibiotics.

The duration of the course depends on the clinical effect, and as a means of pathogenetic treatment, detoxification therapy is performed using bronchodilators, vitamins, oxygen.

When treating poultry, regulation of the number of individuals and limiting contact with them is not excluded.

Sick birds are often destroyed and rooms are disinfected. All personnel must be provided with protective clothing and disinfectants.

As for people, patients may be hospitalized for clinical and epidemiological indications, and for persons who are at risk of infection, medical observation can be established for up to 30 days.

Emergency prophylaxis is carried out for 10 days, using doxycycline and tetracycline.

What is dangerous for man

Human infection with ornithosis occurs by inhalation of dust, dried particles of excrement and discharge from the birds beak. The incubation period of the disease lasts from 1 to 3 weeks, and the infection itself can be acute or chronic.

It all starts with a rapid increase in temperature, chills, increased sweating, headache, pain in muscles and joints. A sick person may complain of weakness, sleep disturbance, sore throat, and constipation. In some cases, nausea and diarrhea may occur.

On examination, a conjunctivitis is often found in patients, and in the first week of the disease a hepatolienal syndrome is formed. The heart rhythm is muffled, there is a tendency to bradycardia and lower blood pressure. Insomnia, irritability, tearfulness, apathy, or adynamia may also develop.

The first sign of lung damage is a cough (appears on 3-4 days of illness).

Most often, the infection affects the brain, spleen, liver, and myocardium. If conditionally pathogenic flora joins in the development of the disease, large-focal or lobar pneumonia may occur.


Trichomoniasis is another widespread disease of wild and domestic pigeons. It is caused by a flagellated microorganism called “trichomonas”. A characteristic feature of this pathogen is the ability to live in drinking water, but drying out moisture leads to the rapid death of harmful microorganisms.


Pseudotuberculosis (or, as it is also called, “false tuberculosis”) - This is a chronic disease of animals and birds, which, due to pathological changes, is similar to human tuberculosis and is characterized by the appearance of nodular formations in the affected tissues and organs. Pathogens can cause a variety of symptoms.


Cryptococcosis is another infectious disease caused by the vital activity of the yeast fungi Cryptococcus neoformans. Their favorite habitat is a soil that was fertilized by bird droppings. It is also easy to catch the infection from pigeon nests.

Infectious diseases of pigeons

If you are touched by the picture of feeding the inhabitants of the parks with hands, then you should know - this may result in a hospital stay. Birds are literally hundreds of pathogenic microflora species. For a person, only some are dangerous, but few people want to get infected with a virus, bacterial infection, parasites or fungi. Here is a general list:

  • salmonellosis
  • listeriosis
  • ornithosis
  • tularemia
  • pseudotuberculosis,
  • campylobacteriosis,
  • Newcastle disease.

Consider each ailment separately - what are the symptoms, methods of infection, what is the damage to health.

Preventive measures

Although cases of transmission of infections from birds to humans are not as frequent, they are quite possible. To preserve health, you must follow the rules of hygiene. Only in this way the harm from pigeons can be minimized. You can become infected through the eggs and meat of sick birds, if you accidentally hit the litter particles in food. You should not eat and buy drinks where they do not comply with sanitary requirements - if you plan a long walk in the park, it is better to take a snack and water with you.

Communicate with the inhabitants of the parks should be without direct contact - you can throw food on the track or put it in the feeders. Touching sick individuals should not be. If a pigeon has flown on the balcony, it is better to drive it off carefully and carry out wet cleaning, wearing gloves and a protective mask.

How to save yourself

It is quite difficult to infect with any disease from street birds, but this does not mean that this will not happen to you. Although such cases are rare, but non-compliance with the rules of hygiene can lead to completely undesirable consequences.

Most poultry diseases are transmitted to humans along with the consumption of raw eggs or when particles of excrement enter the gastrointestinal tract.

Therefore, if you feed pigeons by throwing food on the asphalt or using feeders for this, the risk of contracting an unpleasant illness is practically reduced to zero. Of course, if you like to give the birds food from their hands, the main thing is to wash them immediately.

To protect yourself from diseases, also you can not touch the sick individuals- this should be done only by specialists. Drowsiness, tearing of the eyes, coughing and refusal to eat are among the first signs of the disease in pigeons.

If a sick pigeon has landed on your balcony, then it would be best to take him to the vet carefully. However, if you do not want to risk it, then simply remove it, and then do a wet cleaning with disinfectants.