Aspergillosis (Thrush) in pigeons
- Aspergillosis is readily avoidable by not useing mouldy damp hay or straw in the loft.
- Never buy store or feed damp corn or feed.
Diagnosis; White plaque - like lesions seen in the mouths of pigeons and the failure of birds to respond adequately to antibiotic
treatment & canker treatment & the presence of mouldy bedding & food in the loft.
Candida is the name of the fungi causing Aspergillosis, Candida tends to colonise in birds which have a compromised immune system & there
is a challenge from a very large number of Candid spores.
There are general health principles that all lofts should adhere to:
- Breed your birds with potential immune capability in mind
- Minimise Stress Factors
- Maintain a 'Good Loft' management & husbandry
- Don't introduce 'strangers' without a quarantine period (14 days is recommended)
- Regard medicines as the 'Angel in your back pocket' and something to fall back on if all else fails
- Avoid Damp in the loft. Especially true for the survival of moulds, fungi, yeasts, canker, bacteria, viruses, chlamydia, worms & coccidia - almost everything in fact!
We recommend the use of Cider Vinegar as a treatment & for prevention of Aspergillosis & to use dry bedding & corn + feed.
Mr S D Samrai