pigeon dust?

birdy.929

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I have a lovebird and a green cheek conure and am looking into getting a pair of pigeons. They will of course be housed separately and, if needed, I will be able to provide separate play times. However, their cages will be in the same room. The room has proper ventilation, has an air filter running 24/7, and in the summer I can open up the screened-in windows during the day. My only concern is the dust. From my research, I have learned that pigeons produce dander. Will exposure to pigeons put my conure at risk? As much as I want pigeons, I don't want to do anything that could be harmful to Salem.
 

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The dust easies their flight feathers as the action of flight results in the feathers moving across each other. There are several Bird Species that are heavy dust producers and they can create quite a mess. As far as the dust effecting other Parrots, it is commonly not a serious problem. BUT, it all comes down to increased effort at keeping the dust under control!

You may want to slow down increasing the size of your flock. As the number of members increase, your time with each begins to drop!
 
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birdy.929

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thank you for the response. i decided not to risk my conure’s health. i would never forgive myself if something happened to him that i could’ve prevented. also, i would never compromise my time with my parrots or get new birds that i’m not prepared to handle.
 

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thank you for the response. i decided not to risk my conure?s health. i would never forgive myself if something happened to him that i could?ve prevented. also, i would never compromise my time with my parrots or get new birds that i?m not prepared to handle.

Wise decision on your part. Pigeons can not only pose a risk to the Parrots but also to you , though with just two birds, the risk may be low.
But it is perhaps not worth it.

This is a slightly unrelated topic but may interest some of you. How pigeons are causing a massive public health crisis in many Indian cities
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bsz5yizuE0&list=PLvfjCS9azkaoceQ4222-7QEch4o2KuymZ&index=1&t=23s"]PIGEONS CAN DAMAGE YOUR LUNGS, BEWARE - YouTube[/ame]

:yellow1::yellow1::yellow1:
 

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thank you for the response. i decided not to risk my conure?s health. i would never forgive myself if something happened to him that i could?ve prevented. also, i would never compromise my time with my parrots or get new birds that i?m not prepared to handle.

Wise decision on your part. Pigeons can not only pose a risk to the Parrots but also to you , though with just two birds, the risk may be low.
But it is perhaps not worth it.

This is a slightly unrelated topic but may interest some of you. How pigeons are causing a massive public health crisis in many Indian cities
[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bsz5yizuE0&list=PLvfjCS9azkaoceQ4222-7QEch4o2KuymZ&index=1&t=23s"]PIGEONS CAN DAMAGE YOUR LUNGS, BEWARE - YouTube[/ame]

:yellow1::yellow1::yellow1:

It seems that the video you posted talks about the dangers of excessive pigeon droppings. Which I would hazard to guess would be the same for any bird in those numbers. I suspect that the information in the video is irrelevant to a couple of pet pigeons that are well taken care of.
 

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It seems that the video you posted talks about the dangers of excessive pigeon droppings. Which I would hazard to guess would be the same for any bird in those numbers. I suspect that the information in the video is irrelevant to a couple of pet pigeons that are well taken care of.

Although I have not watched this video I do personally know a couple, of whom the Husband has lung damage which is directly due to Dust (NOT dropping) from a pair of pigeons. They were well taken-care-of, cage kept well-cleaned etc., but were housed in the couple's bedroom, and the husband now must use oxygen for breathing.
 

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Currently I have none, but I have the capacity to adopt a minimum and maximum of two budgies - preferably a bonded pair or two males.
It seems that the video you posted talks about the dangers of excessive pigeon droppings. Which I would hazard to guess would be the same for any bird in those numbers. I suspect that the information in the video is irrelevant to a couple of pet pigeons that are well taken care of.

Although I have not watched this video I do personally know a couple, of whom the Husband has lung damage which is directly due to Dust (NOT dropping) from a pair of pigeons. They were well taken-care-of, cage kept well-cleaned etc., but were housed in the couple's bedroom, and the husband now must use oxygen for breathing.

Thanks for highlighting this

Please do watch the Video! The Pigeon is a health hazard in public spaces and as you now point out even as a pets. Even I was under the impression that a couple of pet pigeons may do no harm.

A good substitute may be Diamond Doves.
 
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birdy.929

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i never knew the extent of the harm they could potentially create! i assume this is why most people keep pigeons outside in lofts. i’m glad i decided against bringing them home. i think i’m going to stick with parrots, i have more experience with them and there is a greater chance for them to get along with my current birds.
 

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