Pigeon diseases – the most common seven health problems

1.TRICOMONIASIS (CANKER)

It is a serious disease that produces a cheesy, yellow substance, generally observed in the beak. However, only 10% of trichomoniasis is external, the remaining 90% being internal. It occurs at any age, both in adults and in chicks still in the nest. It is caused by a flagellate (a single-celled organism) that lives on the mucous membranes of the neck and crop.

Symptoms of trichomoniasis:

Loss of appetite
Digestive problems
“Yellow stuff” in the throat and beak
Apathy

Treatment:

Ronidazol 10%
Tricoplus
Carnix Tab
Ambronil

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  1. PARATYPHOSIS (Salmonella)

Paratyphosis can be caused by unsanitary conditions and contamination of feed by rodents. It can also occur when new pigeons are introduced into the farm, without first checking to see if they are healthy. Before bringing new pigeons to the farm, isolate them and observe them for 5 days and give them a preventive medicine.

Simptoms of paratyphoid:

Loss of form and weight
Green excrement
Swelling of the joints of the leg and wing hobble
Infertile eggs
Twisted neck (rare)
One-eyed blindness (rare)

Tratment:

Cestamicin Plus

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  1. PARAMYXOVIRUS (PMV)

To prevent Paramyxovirus in your loft, it is recommended that all birds be vaccinated at least once a year. Young birds should be vaccinated at 4 to 8 weeks of age, but no later than 4 weeks before the young bird racing season. Vaccinate all birds again 4 weeks before the breeding season. Once a pigeon has Paramixovirus, you can do very little for him; vaccination at this time will not help. We recommend that those pigeons that have the disease be treated with La-Sota, which has proven successful in this regard. This can be done individually by putting a drop in each eye for three consecutive days or adding it in drinking water for the treatment of the whole lot.

Symptoms of paramixovirous:

Weight loss
Green and watery droppings
Twisting the neck and head

Vaccines:

PMV1 Vaccin
La Sota
PHA

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* NOTE: If a visible paramixovirus problem occurs, you can try the following remedy (this has been recommended by some of the leading veterinarians in the Netherlands and Belgium): vaccinate the affected pigeon 3 times a week with the PMV-1 dead virus vaccine, 0.5 cm3 in the throat, on Sunday, Wednesday and Sunday. After treatment, keep the pigeon isolated for another week to make sure all the symptoms are gone. Remember that the bird will always remain a carrier.

  1. COCCIDIOSIS

This problem can be caused by unsanitary conditions in the loft and the pigeons allowed to nibbling on the ground. Coccidiosis is highly infectious and quite a common illness that infects the intestines of birds.

Symptoms of coccidiosis:

Weight loss
Dark green droppings
Lethargy
Lack of appetite
Thirst

Treatment:

Tricoplus
Ambronil
Cestamicin Plus

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  1. ADENO-COLI SYNDROME (young bird disease)

In the last decade, this has been the biggest problem in young birds aged 6-9 months. Up to 70% can be infected and have symptoms. The disease is a combination of an Adeno virus, which paves the way for the suddenly aggressive E-Coli bacterium, often involving a Circovirus. The same symptoms can be seen with Paramyxovirus, however, in this case, the pigeons drink more and may have a central nervous problem, such as twisting the head. Although there is no known cure for Adeno and Circo virus, several of the products listed below have been shown to be effective.

Symptoms of  Adeno-Coli syndrome:

Decreased appetite
Clear aqueous excrement with traces of fecal matter
Vomiting
Rapid weight loss
Death in a few days

Although the problems listed are not common, they can occur under certain conditions and should not be overlooked.

Products for prevention or cure:

Cestamicin Plus

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  1. WORMS (hair worms, round worms și tape worms)

The cause is generally unhealthy hygiene conditions or letting the pigeons nibble from the ground. The appetite will be high, because the worms consume almost all the nutrition in the pigeons’ body.

Symptoms of worm infestation:

Loss of general condition
Weight loss
Unhealthy excrements

Treatment:

Worm Tabs

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  1. ORNITHOSIS COMPLEX

Over 50% of young birds have problems with the ornithosis complex. Loss of  any desire to fly, loss of pigeons and poor results, both in old and young birds.

Symptoms of ornithosis complex:

Lack of condition
Runny nose
Decreased desire to fly
Scratching the head and beak
Swollen eyelids and wet eyes
Sneezing, rumbling and coughing
Mucus in the throat

Tratament:

Respiratory Plus
Ambronil

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