A Realistic Health Program
Before Breeding in the Winter: Vaccinate all old birds, breeders and young birds you are keeping for PMV and paratyphoid. This will get all young birds vaccinated 2 times for PMV and paratyphoid as youngsters and will give all old birds and breeders a yearly booster.
Before Racing: Screen race birds( especially old birds) for haemoproteus. Treat if you have it with atabrine and then treat 2 days weekly during the season. If your performance drops off during the season and you aren’t treating because you didn’t find it before the season, recheck you may have missed it.
Treat all race birds for ornithose complex for 10 days. Treat at least every other week during the season for 3 days the first of each week to prevent infection from exposure to other race birds.
Treat for canker for 3 to 5 days. Treat at least every other week during the season to control canker picked up in the shipping crates.
Before Breeding: Check all birds for worms and coccidia. Treat if needed. Recheck every two weeks during the season and treat if needed. Treat all birds for canker and retreat every 2 to 3 weeks during the breeding season.
If you follow this health plan you will control the common bugs that your birds will get. If you are getting sick pigeons on this program you need to consult a pigeon veterinarian to help you solve the problem, as it won’t be the easy stuff.
Healthy Pigeons Win Races Part 4 “A Realistic Health Program” by Dr. Steive Weir DVM