Droppings: picture of the pigeon’s health

It is good to inspect pigeon’s droppings daily because they show the state of the pigeon’s health. The droppings should be firm, like little marbles, and if they have some down bloom feathers on them, it is even better.

Wet droppigns show different problems in the pigeon’s metabolism, not necessarily disease, but anyway something is wrong.

The picture below shows some loose wet pigeon droppings – they are from a yearling bird I have. He is one of the wildest pigeons, always stressed and nervous. I think that this affects it’s well being and so the entire body becomes unstable, loose droppings being one of the results. I also noticed that more pigeons get these loose droppings when the weather changes suddenly, especially when the temperature rises.
loose wet pigeon droppings

While many fanciers told me they had pigeons with loose droppings that won nice prizes, it is still better to find something like this when you check the nest boxes – dry firm droppings with some down feathers:
firm down feathers bloom pigeon feces

Here are two good videos showing healthy pigeon droppings:
(by John Lamberton)


  1. carmel

    This has been very interesting my son is trying to breed homing pigeons. A baby had been feeding had soft poop and lots of fluid. I had fed it fresh sweet corn because it was easier because I had to hand feed it. Now it eats parrot food because it is smaller. I force feed it solids peas and wheat etc. It loves bread crumbs. But when I leave it to eat alone I do not feel any food in its crop it is soft and spongy.
    He was abandoned by it mother at one month. As it got a bit larger I noticed it was doing the splits must had something wrong with it. Later I think it hurt itself when it jumped out of my hands. He began limping and was lopsided. His wings grew and he tripped over them I cut them short. To day he is much better. I have graduated him to a perch not too high. He wants to fly. He is not so wobbly and is more settled at night not much moving around. His poop is now like little balls so I am happy because before it was large slurry. I took him down to see his cousin Doe si Doe another abandoned pigeon older. He has a funny wing. He can fly down and climb up. Today I introduced them to each other the 2nd time I had about a month ago Doe si Doe tried to peck his eyes out. Had to remove Birdie.
    I was letting Doe si Doe out for a walk and fly and had both in my hands close to my chest and Little Birdie tried to peck his eyes out it was really going for him it was so funny Birdie being jealous. I hope this means Birdie is on his way to recovery. It probably won’t race but I wonder if we should a allow these birds to breed may be something is wrong with their genes.

    When Doe si Doe was abandoned half his body seemed twisted. I fed it and propped it. AS it got on it’s feet he had no co ordination. He took one step forth and two steps back and would go round in circles. He is better now except for its wing which I think I broke because I thought it needed physical therapy because he was stiff. I believe he may have had brain damage when he was born and as the clot disappeared he became more mobile. I told my son not to bring any more dying birds up as we can not have an aviary full of rehab pigeons.

  2. ali

    hi, i have two pairs of pigeon since i bought them, the dropping is wet but not like shown in 2 picture from top and not even like shown in picture 3 from top, what do you suggest.

    Hyderabad India.

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