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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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Common diseases affecting pigeons Part 2

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Diseases affecting pigeons - Part 2. The four most common diseases affecting racing pigeons are: ·   Coccidiosis ·   Canker ·   Worms ·   Mite Coccidia are single celled organisms not related to bacteria, worms, fungi or viruses. All pigeons carry cocci to a lesser or greater degree. Pigeons pick up the coccidia in the form of an oocyst. This develops inside the gut and is released as sporozoites by the pigeon’s digestive tract. Sporozoites penetrate the gut wall. Inside the gut cell wall the sporozoites divide to form a merozoite, the merozoites rupture to release more which invade...

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Common diseases affecting racing pigeons. The first of a series - Ornithosis

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Common diseases Affecting Racing Pigeons. The first of a series. Ornithosis Ornithosis starts as a watery eye which quickly goes sticky or purulent due to secondary infection. Ornithosis is caused by a Chlamydial organism. A large percentage of pigeons in a flock carry chlamydia in their blood stream. The cause of ‘one eyed cold’ is usually due to for example a new pigeon entering a loft will undergo stress, this causes a shedding of the infective chlamydia. The other birds in the loft are susceptible since they would not have immunity to the newly introduced chlamydia. Other main stress factors are;...

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Champion pigeon fanciers give top tips from combined 40 years experience!

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Champion pigeon fanciers give top tips from combined 40 years experience!

  How does it feel to be a winner?  After months of training, enhancing and preparing to get that 1st place culminating in all your efforts that have materialised into something tangible with a renewed energy that next time it’ll be better! What a feeling would that be? Take a look at a few of our grand champion pigeon fanciers and what they attribute their success to. Tony Whitehouse, from West Bromwich has always been interested in pigeon racing from an early age, he has won many competitions both here and abroad and now reflects on his achievements and how...

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Canker and routine treatments

Posted by parteek mahay on

What routine treatments do I have to do in my team of racing pigeons.  When do I do it and what should I use? By David Palmer B.V.Sc, M.R.C.V.S Racing pigeons “carry” many diseases which need treatment to keep them under control. They also carry several diseases which can be lived with quite happily, can flare up into clinical disease under conditions of stress e.g. racing, overcrowding. Molting, dampness, concurrent disease, breeding, rearing, moving loft.  In other words, living the life of a racing pigeon!  All these “carried” diseases need looking out for, as when they flare up they produce...

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