The Pigeon’s Medicine Cabinet

The Pigeon’s Medicine Cabinet

ERYTHROMYCIN.(Gallimycin)- An antibiotic generally effective against respiratory infections,especially Mycoplasmosis. May also be useful against certain Staph infections. DOSAGE: 3-6 tsp per gallon for 4-7 days; PREVENTATIVE DOSE: ¾ tsp per gallon

OXYTETRACYCLINE (Terramycin)- A broad spectrum antibiotic useful against many types of infections, but often not highly effective. Most usually recommended for use after races as a general preventative Dosage: (for concentrate) 1 tsp per gallon.

CLORTETRACYCLINE ( Aureomycin) A broad spectrum antibiotic similar to Terramycin but probably more effective. Dosage: (concentrate) 1-2 tsp per gallon for as many as 15 days if positive results are noted.

LINCOMYCIN/SPECTINOMYCIN ( L/S 50 ) An antibiotic consisting of two synergistic antibiotics which are highly effective against Mycoplasmosis. Considered the drug of choice in treatment of respiratory infections. Spectinomycin may also be very effective against Salmonella and E-Coli. Dosage: 1 tsp per gallon for 5-7 days.

AMPICILLIN– An antibiotic in the Penicillin family which is effective against most strains of E-Coli, and probably other infections, but not a cure-all. Dosage: for 200 ml bottles. Make a stock solution and use 7 tsp per gallon for 7-10 days. Keep refrigerated

ENROFLOXACIN-(Baytril)- An antibacterial agent effective against both gram negative and gram positive bacteria. Considered the drug of choice against parathypoid if birds have not been vaccinated. May also be very effective against E-Coli Dosage: ¼ tablet twice a day for 5-10 days

SULFACHLORPYRIDAZINE(Vetisulid or Pyradan) A sulfa drug to which most strains of E-Coli are sensitive Also an effective coccidiostat. Dosage: 1 tsp per gallon for 5-7 days.

TYLOSIN (Tylan) – Most effective in concentrated form. An effective drug against respiratory infections, especially Mycoplasmosis. Dosage: 1 tsp per gallon for 5-7 days I mix this with L/S 50 for very good results.

Amprolium ( Amprol or Corid)- An inexpensive and very effective coccidiostat. Considered the drug of choice for coccidiosis…. Dosage: 1 tsp per gallon for 3-5 days. For an outbreakl; 1 tsp per gallon for 5 days than ½ tsp per gallon for 7 additional days.

MEBENDAZOLE(Telmentic)- A general wormer. Considered the wormer of choice by many as it is highly effective against all worms except tapeworms. Dosage: ¼ tsp per gallon for 5 days. Repeat within 10-15 days.

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  1. #1 by kevin on November 22, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    hi i need to know some medicinces to keep my pigeons flying for more hours and also make them fly in group..
    kindly help me becoz my pigeons dont fly together..
    plz help me as i m having competiton ahead

    • #2 by Lan on November 28, 2010 - 3:20 am


      To keep your pigeons strong and healthy in the first place, they need to be out of all disease. Parasites and diseases exist, even though we can't see them, it is good to give a medicinal supplement every 6 months, I give dacoxine 4 in 1 and it works real  well for my pigeons (1 tablet per pigeon on two consecutive days), you can find it here.

      After giving a treatment, they need a vitamin supplement to recover, I give mutltivit b12 (1 tablet per pigeon three consecutive days), this is my choice and I recommend it, it's going very well,  this treatment will have your pigeons healthy and strong for the flight (it's  a good treatment for breeding, just give it a month before the breeding season).

      After each flight (in competition) is good to give a pill Multivit b12 for recovery.
      I hope this will help.


  2. #3 by cyril on November 8, 2010 - 5:55 am

    hi there a very learning article and i really think if any person/s applied this to his loft ,good results can be expected .Let the knowledge keep flowing;

  3. #4 by mark on September 6, 2010 - 3:10 am

    Hi, i am a firm believer in garlic which is one of the best soures of medicine for both pigeons and humans.i also beleive in giving my pigeons fresh clean water which is drug free at least 4 days of the week. i love this site and find it very interseting. mark south africa

  4. #5 by Bill Jacobs on June 24, 2010 - 3:32 am

    Yes i have used these medicines when i have to however i’m MORE likely to use Ray Browers methods.
    The use of PROBIOTICS with honey and garlic using lemon juice to scour out the pigeons on return from a race. The LEMON juice is put on the food and i add brewers yeast to sweeten the food which is barley.
    PROBIOTICS IS ALL THE GOOD BACTERIAS. This is great all year round being really good in the breeding season.

  5. #6 by RAY BROWER on April 18, 2010 - 10:53 am

    i like honey and lemon juice in the water or appel cider vinigar. in the water. good bactiera will harden the droppings. RAY BROWER

    • #7 by Len Lyon on August 4, 2010 - 6:43 pm

      Like your remedies What is the dosage

  6. #8 by mike on March 3, 2010 - 11:28 am

    one medicine you forgot to mention…oxygen and remember this is free.what I am saying is don’t overcrowd your birds and you would not need the use of to many drugs. enjoy your birds mike

  7. #9 by Rolando on February 16, 2010 - 4:46 am

    For the pigeons can we take human antibiotics with the same generic name and use it directly as per unit or can you give the concentration of antibiotic for the pigieon to equate it to the concentration of antibiotics for humans

  8. #10 by gary on February 14, 2010 - 1:43 am

    thank you very much for sharing your knowledge!!very good site!! god bless!!!goodluck

  9. #11 by terry on February 13, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    The best advice is keeping the number of birds down, compaired to your loft size.I myself keep 20-30 yb’s in a 8 X 12 loft, which is 96 sq ft.My OB loft is the same size, with 12-13 pair of OB flyers.I do keep the Meds on hand, and treat once for worms yearly, and cocci & canker 2 weeks before the race season………thats all.


  10. #12 by Brown Kant on February 5, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Normally,I use some Taiwan local herbs instead of chemicals to prevent and cure the pigeon’s diseases and get a very good result.

  11. #13 by jamm on January 19, 2010 - 8:19 am

    thanks to tips for medecation of my pigeon more powers

  12. #14 by shakir on January 17, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    thanks thease tips will help me alot to keep my pigons fit

    • #15 by rammy on March 3, 2010 - 4:19 am

      hi shakir. i have also some racing pugeons.m from india.if u share something about pigeons i feel happy. my e mail is like pigeons too much.this web site helps me too much a lot of thanks to this site

  13. #16 by Claudian Ro on November 30, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Happened 7-8 years ago I went to the country from some friends
    had a beautiful homestead and many birds.
    In May vegetable garden in the back I noticed some threads (Aristolochia clematitis L.) apple wolf.
    I know from my dad that this plant has anticancer properties but
    is used only for external use.
    I asked if they know what this plant is good,
    Their answer surprised me
    -We know from your veterinarian as:
    “Tea made from this plant as a drinking water added to make the birds are no longer sick!
    New type of when using this method 20 years in May we were not sick or a bird.”
    What do you think?
    One can use this method and the pigeons?

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