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Moulds, fungi & yeasts - what you need to know!

Posted by sharmila Samrai on

Moulds, fungi & yeasts are present in the atmosphere, especially in damp environments - Just try leaving damp bread out on the kitchen work surface & within a couple of days you will see a mould growth on the bread! Poorly ventilated lofts & feeding damp musty feed can indeed increase the risk of your birds, do not feed brewers yeast to unwell birds as this may exacerbate the condition. Please note that the disease 'pigeon fanciers lung' is caused by an allergy to 'pigeon bloom' and not mould. Aspergillus mould is the most common mould affecting pigeons. This mould colonises...

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How are you looking after your birds in this hot weather?

Posted by Dave Page on

The current hot weather will affect your pigeons in 2 ways; Firstly, dehydration. In order to combat this give YBS as a supplement to counter the loss in essential salts & vitamins on a daily basis. Secondly the warm weather conditions are ideal for diseases like cocci, worms & mite.  We recommend the 4 in 1 to control the Cocci, Canker, worms & mite. Make sure there are no damp patches around the loft surfaces as this could lead to re-infestation with cocci & worms. Mr SD Samrai (pigeon pharmacist). www.meditechuk.com  

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Paramyxovirus disease

Posted by Dave Page on

Paramyxovirus disease Paramyxovirus is a deadly & very contagious disease. Pigeons should be vaccinated from 4 weeks of age.  Paramyxo has an incubation period of 5 weeks i.e the affected bird will not show signs of being infected for 5 weeks from coming into contact with the PMV. It is very important to vaccinate all the birds in the loft since a vaccinated bird can spread the virus without showing signs of the disease. Some features of the paramyxovirus disease: Usually the first signs of the disease are watery loose droppings Nervous signs e.g missing pecking of grains, wing &...

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Mites & lice !!

Posted by Dave Page on

With the launch of our new product Medimite oral drops, our expert pigeon pharmacist shares a few precautions and treatments for mites, lice and worms... Mites & Lice (Skin Parasites) Feather loss & damage can be as a result of physical damage e.g rubbing up against the drinker or the pigeon may have pecked out feathers as a result of itching. To overcome the problem of the bald pigeon chest: Observe the pigeon when it is feeding or drinking, if there is the slightest suspicion that the bird is rubbing its chest against a drinker the you may choose to either...

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Herpes Virus Alert!

Posted by Dave Page on

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Herpes Virus alert: It has been reported to Meditech that some pigeon fanciers are suspecting that the Herpes Virus is affecting their pigeons. We would summarise below the symptoms to look out for & how to prevent this deadly virus. Background information Most pigeons carry antibodies to the herpes virus which means that these pigeons have had contact or challenge from this virus or to be still carrying the virus, but showing no signs of disease because they have produced a satisfactory immune response. The disease state comes about when the immune system is compromised most likely through...

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