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Worming Your Pigeons - Why Do it & What To Use

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Hairworms and roundworms are widespread in pigeon flocks, whereas tapeworms are less common. These worm types live as parasites in the small intestine of pigeons. Pathogen: The hairworm, Capillaria obsignata - a very slender, hair-like parasite - infests various poultry species in addition to pigeons. Hairworm eggs become infective in the environment after 8-9 days. The pigeon roundworm, Ascaridia columbae, only occurs in pigeons. The eggs become infective in the environment after 2-3 weeks. Two types of tapeworm, Hymenolepis columbae and Raillietina columbae, infest pigeons. Their emergence is dependent on suitable intermediate hosts (snails, beetles, ants), which they require in order to develop. Pigeons only become...

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Paramyxovirus infections - What do we know and how can we treat it?

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Paramyxovirus infections - What do we know and how can we treat it?

Paramyxovirus infection occurs in pigeons as an acute disease, taking an epidemic course. Pathogen: The paramyxovirus is related to the Newcastle disease pathogen, but not identical. The virus is highly pathogenic for pigeons, but not for other domestic bird species. Course of the disease: Within just a few days of infection, both visibly and latently affected birds shed the virus in secretions from the conjunctiva, nose and throat, as well as in the faeces. The incubation period ranges from 3 to 21 days. Up to 30% of affected pigeons may recover spontaneously after around 4 weeks of illness. Symptoms of...

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Friday Postage - Now Available!

Posted by Dave Page on

GOOD NEWS!!! With effect from today October 2nd, we will be posting out via the Royal Mail 'Tracked' service all orders that are placed before 12.30. Please note we have two options for postage which are available to chose via our online shop, or should you wish to call us on 0121 505 6370. Please note ALL vaccine orders placed on Fridays will not be posted unless specially requested to do so unless ordered via the 'Signed For' Royal Mail service.  www.meditechuk.com

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Medimite - What is it and what does it treat?

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Medimite - What is it and what does it treat?

  What is Medimite? Medimite is a product developed by Meditech for the effective treatment of Redmite, Worms & Lice. Treatment is given orally as opposed to externally thereby ensuring 100% of the treatment is given, if given externally there is a risk of part of the treatment not reaching areas needed.   What is Redmite? Both lice and mites can be harmful to the wellbeing of the pigeons. Not all lice and mites can be detected with the eye. Shaft mites for instance are smaller than 1 millimetre. You can see these mites only through a microscope or when...

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Fat Eye

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Fat Eye; It has been reported that there appear to be more cases of the 'Fat Eye' reported recently. In the 'Fat Eye' the eye is almost always dry whereas in the eye infected with ornithosis the eye is wet also the fat eye has a tinge of yellow. Young pigeons with the fat eye tend to avoid sunlight. Also it has been reported that chloramphenicol eye drops have successfully cleared the problem. It is important to keep some disinfecting agent (eg Virkon S) in the drinking water as the 'fat eye' can spread via the drinking water. Contact us on 0121...

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