The Pigeon Racing Medicine Cabinet

The Pigeon Racing Medicine Cabinet

Medicines which the fancier may be wise to stock, and the reasons to use them:

Baytril–a good choice for serious infections, mainly intestinal or systemic. This drug comes in tablet form and individual pigeons can be dosed at 5mg per pigeon per day. Flock treat with the liquid Baytril only (the tablets will not go into solution). Use for 5-10 days.

Do not use during reproduction and rapid growth of squabs.

Amoxicillin–a safer alternative drug to Baytril. It can be used during reproduction and racing without side effects. Not as broad spectrum as Baytril but often very effective in treating serious infections. Comes in tablet form (50mg) which can be used once or twice daily on individual cases. Flock treatment best accomplished using 3grams per gallon for 5-10 days.

Tetracycline drug (Terramycin, Aeuromycin, Tetracycline , or Doxycycline)–good for respiratory infections; best when used in combination with Tylan. One usually has no distinct advantage over the other and they share a common spectrum of activity. With the exception of Doxycycline, they are all available over the counter as poultry preparations. Use 4 teaspoonsful per gallon of the regular strength or 2 teaspoonsful per gallon of the concentrate. Doxycyline is dosed at 500-1000mg per gallon. Use these for 7-14 days.

Tylan–use as mentioned above, in combination with a tetracycline for respiratory infections. Tylan powder is dosed at 1-2 teaspoonsful per gallon. Individual dose at 50 mg per pigeon per day.

Delta Albaplex— this is a veterinary tablet which can be quite useful in treating individual cases of respiratory disease. It contains a tetracycline plus albamycin as well as a small amount of corticosteroid. Use 1/2 tablet twice daily for 3-7 days.

Amprolium— the standby for coccidiosis..treat at 1tsp/gallon of the 20% powder for 3-5 days.

Baycox (Toltazuril)–a newer more effective coccidiostat, not yet avilable in the USA but seems to be available through various channels. Can be used instead of Amprolium. Dose for 1-2 days at 4cc (100mg) per gallon.

Ronidazole (RIdzol)– for trichomonas…this is the safest of the three products commonly used but is not approved for use in this country. 1tsp per gallon for 3-5 days.

Emtryl (Dimetridazole)–for trichomonas…not approved for use in this country. Mexican or Canadian Emtryl dosed at 1/4-3/8 tsp per gallon for 3-5 days. Can cause seizures at higher doses.

Flagyl (Metronidazole)–for trichomonas…25-50 mg per pigeon per day for 1-3 days or 1250-2500 mg per gallon for 3-5 days.

Ivomec (Ivermectin)–wormer–500-1000micrograms(ug) per pigeon. Effective against Capallaria (hairworms) and Tetrameres and Dyspharynx (stomach wall worms); less effective against Roundworms.

Pyrantel pamoate–1-3mg per pigeon (75mg per gallon) for 1-2 days for roundworms only.

Tramisol (levamisole) 1-1.5 grams per gallon for one day for roundworms only.

Panacur (fenbendazole) effective against the three major worms but has potential to cause feather damage. Do not use during reproduction or moult. 5mg per pigeon per day for 3 days.

Quinacrine–antimalarial drug..use only in areas where malaria or Haemoproteus is a problem. Use for 4 weeks before flying season then one day weekly during races. Dosse at 200mg per gallon

There are many other choice available and I’ve kept it to what I consider a minimal, giving choices for some conditions. Not all of these drugs are commonly available. Consult your friendly veterinarian for help in acquiring some of these handy drugs as some are by perscription only.

See also Pigeon Medications Part 2

The Pigeon Racing Medicine Cabinet by Dr. David E. Marx DVM

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  1. #1 by AlEsgar on April 2, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    I don’t like to use any medicine as a prevenative since the dosages are very low and it is an excellent way to develop resistant strains of any bug or bacteria. Plus as has already been mentioned, anytime you are killing any bug before the bosy has a chance you are lowering the capability of the body’s immune system to work. Good management and sensible feeding along with the use of some natural products should keep your birds happy, healthy, and you wise.

  2. #2 by Daka on March 21, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    Hi ,pigeon fanciers!
    All that medicine is OK,but I don’t use any of it.I use only garlick and vinegar to protect my bird from illnes.
    Best regard. Daka Bosna and Hercegovina

  3. #3 by ronaldsoriano on March 17, 2011 - 6:22 am

    nice info for newbie, it can really help a lot

  4. #4 by Rob Poley on February 1, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Hi, after reading all the comments above, I would like to share my experience of treating birds.

    I have been breeding exotic birds for a number of years and recently have started breeding fancy pigeons. I have always taken a scientic approach to my birds health and no birds are randomly treated. I use a Microbiologist to analyse dropping samples taken from the birds. They first check the sample for any parasites, and then culture the sample for Bacterial/Fungal infections.

    I have always used a seperate room as a quarantine/hospital room where all sick birds and new birds are kept. The room is temperature controlled and does not go below 27 c. Samples are taken of all new/sick birds. The birds remain in the quarantine room while they are treated and a follow-up test sample is taken. Only when a bird gets a “clean bill of health” is it released into the aviaries/lofts.

    Random samples are taken periodically from all avairies and lofts and where necessary the birds are treated. The number of random samples taken are increased before breeding season and before the molt. For treating the birds, I have become a big of the Medpet products which cater specifically for pigeons. I have had great success using these products on other birds from finches to Toucans with very good results. Most of their products are available in tablet or powder form.

  5. #5 by Lee Fessenden on December 15, 2010 - 12:32 pm

    I have a real problem using any drugs as a preventitivedose as I feel that it will eventually damage the imune system of the birds to where if they do get sick then nothing works. About the only thing I use as a preventitive medication is Distiled Apple Cider Vingar. Another med that I keep onhand is a penicilian family drug to treat severe cuts from hitting wires or getting hit by hawks or falcons and I use it directly on the cut to prevent infections. Other than that I do not use much of anything other than the dewormer and 7 dust. I do vacinate every other year and the young get vacinated every year. Not sure if this helps anyone or not but I have had very little illness other than respatory illness and this is what seems to work well for me here in New Mexico. One other thing I never give anything at the end of a race other than Red cell in the water apx 1 tablespoon per gallon and electrolites as I feel the birds need to get rehydrated just as we would.
    Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and profitable New Year.

  6. #6 by AROCK 7DS on December 2, 2010 - 9:10 am

    heads up susan good product

  7. #7 by Susan Good on December 1, 2010 - 11:49 pm

    Ivomec (Ivermectin) kills ALL round worms (including gapeworm) as well as external parasites. It’s effective up to 30 days, killing nits that hatch. It can also be used topically on skin. It’s the best all around de-wormer and for killing external parasites but does not kill tapeworm.

    Panacur (fenbendazole) kills tape worms and capillaria.

    Susan Good, R.N. CWR
    Wildlife Rescue

    • #8 by terry downs on January 7, 2011 - 4:58 pm

      I hate to disagree with a Lady, but MOXIDECTIN is a much better product for worms, and its made for pigeons.It also take care of tape worms. SIEGEL’s carries it.

  8. #9 by Michael Pys on November 26, 2010 - 6:43 pm

    Michael :
    No med in winter. every one that does not do well with out med have to go.

  9. #10 by john on October 17, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    no treatment in winter, only weak birds become ill in winter

  10. #11 by pij lover on October 8, 2010 - 3:14 am

    good article here
    someone told me to give teramycin+vibramycin for 4-5 days once in a month for the respiratory problems, can someone confirm if it helps?

  11. #12 by John on August 23, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    i am a fancier from the north of ireland and was wondering if anybody knew were to purchase tiamutin?

  12. #13 by Freebyrd Loft on August 20, 2010 - 7:37 am

    You have a good website here, just wanted to let you and your readers know that I enjoy reading your stories and that of your followers. Keep up the good work from SDouth Louisiana

  13. #14 by trev madigan on April 10, 2010 - 8:06 am

    I use antybyotics for my pigeons to keep Resportary at bay ,i give vitimens on race day its called Mallas the same you give Horses .The day after the race i give antybyotics to the race team ONLY ,NOT The Hole Team.
    Give it a go Guys.

  14. #15 by Craig poido on March 9, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    i do not use antibiotics on my pigeons i think over time they weaken the birds natural immune system i do also use bleach to clean out my loft i think it is so easy to get on the antibiotics merry go round you dont see road peckers falling over with wet canker and respitory because they have strong immune systems any way im a big believer in natural products etc garlic lemon which is a natural disinfectant poido

  15. #16 by COLM GIBSON on February 22, 2010 - 7:56 pm

    “Youngbird Sickness” first signs of YB Sickness,spongy crop,vomiting,birds drink a lot more water.birds will not take food,birds will not respond when you call them, floor is covered in slimy watery droppings.There is a product which a friend recommended to me called “pharma” He used this when his birds where sick and was amazed with the results as was i the following year when my birds got sick.This is one product i will certainly be keeping in my medicine box.Contact numbers for this product are :DR VAN der sluis labs,Tel:0031-346-242457….Fax:0031-346-242533…

    • #17 by terry downs on January 7, 2011 - 5:02 pm

      Chisholm Trail products also help. It keeps the birds very healthy,and in conjunction with apple cider, your birds should do well.

  16. #18 by josef on January 27, 2010 - 6:57 am

    dear experts if you know plz kindly let me know how to use herbal medicines for pegion racing thanks

  17. #19 by Ken Kobus on January 20, 2010 - 8:38 am

    Youngbird sickness is traveling the us also. Our club cancelled the race season early due to it. Try 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon per gallon of water for 3 days. Cinnamon has been used by oriental cultures for centuries for intestinal problems. It is thought to be anti bacterial, anti viral. Birds like the taste of it and will drink it easily. Give them a probiotic afterwards.

    • #20 by terry on February 13, 2010 - 4:57 pm

      Good advise Ken but also try pellets.If youngsters have a hard race give them pellets, or if ADENO hits( YB sickness), pellets also settle the gut…instant nutrition, and they recover quickly.


  18. #21 by Andy on January 19, 2010 - 12:46 pm


    • #22 by terry downs on January 7, 2011 - 5:04 pm

      Ed’s right, that stuff worked back in the day, but the concentration is a killer,stick with the natural products if you can, the birds will be the better for it.

  19. #23 by Ken Kobus on January 19, 2010 - 9:32 am


    Ivomec sheep drench .08% for flock treatment. 28 ml/cc per gallon of water for one day and repeat 10 days later. This gets the eggs that were not hatched on the first treatment. Loft should be cleaned after each treatment. If loft cannot be cleaned, treat every 21 days for six months. Worm eggs only are infective for up to 6 months. 10ml/cc per gallon in bath water for external parasites. Probiotics should be fed after treatment.

    • #24 by terry downs on January 7, 2011 - 5:08 pm

      Look at MOXIDECTIN for worming,it’s made for pigeons” DOWN UNDER “, and it doesn’t hurt them.After all, Ivomec is made for pigs not birds.

  20. #25 by Ken Kobus on January 19, 2010 - 9:11 am


    MEDPET Ronsec tablets for individual treatment of resistant crop canker are a combination of Ronidazole 25mg and Secnidazole 25mg. Dosage is: 1 tablet per pigeon (450-500g body weight)on full crop after feeding. Skip one day and repeat again on third day. Very effective single bird treatment.

    • #26 by terry on February 13, 2010 - 5:00 pm

      works for me too ken.The key is keeping down the number of birds so the cost isn’t to bad.I much prefer to treat the single bird than the whole flock, if the flock doesn’t need it why treat them.


  21. #27 by Ken Kobus on January 19, 2010 - 8:58 am


    Rondizole dosage is too low. Ridzol 10% jar has 1-1/2 tsp per gallon for 3 days prevention and 5 days cure. In case of resistance 2 tsp per gallon. In my own experience I used 3 tsp per gallon to be effective for the cure.

  22. #28 by erinn on January 18, 2010 - 6:15 am

    Good article…I think it is quite difficult to find those medicine here in the phillippines, any substitute medicines from the mentioned medicines that I can purchase at local markets?

  23. #29 by john glemser on January 17, 2010 - 10:14 am

    helpfull to everone you are the man.

  24. #30 by Issa on January 16, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    Helpfull article

  25. #31 by asif on January 7, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    hi i want this madicine .how i get this madecine, ple frind…asif

  26. #32 by Asim on January 2, 2010 - 5:57 am

    where to purchase medicines for pigeons I live in the pakistan Islamabda

  27. #35 by andi on December 21, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Helpfull article

  28. #36 by GEORGE VENABLES on December 8, 2009 - 7:53 am

    where to purchase medicines for pigeons I live in the north east of england

  29. #37 by alan healy on December 6, 2009 - 3:25 am

    trying to treat birds for paratyphoid because young bird sickness is rampint in ireland just doing it as a precauion

    • #38 by terry downs on January 7, 2011 - 5:13 pm

      Why would you do that, they are different.Mistreating will do nothing but ruin your birds.If it is YB sickness,Applecider vinegar in the water, and Chisholm Trail mix on the feed.If it’s paratyphiod, treat accordingly.

  30. #39 by Wes Askins on November 28, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Nolvasan is a brand name for Chlorhexidine diacetate
    Chlorhexidine diacetate is Disinfectant , Bactericide – Virucide

  31. #40 by PigeonRacingFan on November 26, 2009 - 9:31 am

    Alan, What are you trying to treat?

  32. #41 by alan healy on November 26, 2009 - 2:58 am

    would the name nolvasan be the same treatment for birds in ireland if not what would you recomend

    • #42 by Andy on January 19, 2010 - 12:43 pm

      I just attended a seminar by Ed Minville in Chicago. He informed everyone that more studies have been done on the use of Nolvasan and Bleach. DO NOT USE IT!!!! You are putting poison into your birds system. If you think it’s good for the birds than you drink it…

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