posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 07:43 PM
Bread tends to clog birds up if they have too much, but a small amount of wholemeal is OK. I'd like to reiterate what I said before though,
especially over the peanut butter - avoid anything with salt in it.
On feeding and the emergency room - in the case of something that could be left for a little while as distinct from something that needs surgery
immediately to save a life - if a bird goes to a rescue centre and they think it might have eaten, they could just postpone any surgery/anaesthetic
for 4+ hours. There is also such a thing as a pre-anaesthetic test because some animals react to anaesthetic - not sure whether they do this for
birds. My experience of human emergency rooms is that, unless immediately life-threatening, nobody does anything much for more than that length of
time anyway, and you might just as well have had that cup of tea you so much wanted, in spite of what it says in the first-aid books!
I took a hen to the vet today - not a broken wing, but something else that required minor surgery. She hadn't eaten anyway but the vet gave her a
morphine injection before he treated her, which isn't dependent on whether she had eaten or not. She did, and is doing, fine. (There is another vet
who thought hens automatically ought to be culled if there is anything wrong with them, who no longer gets my custom.)
All the best with your care for the pigeon.