Healthy Pigeons Win Races Part 4 “A Realistic Health Program”

A Realistic Health Program

Before Young Bird Races: Vaccinate for pox, PMV and paratyphoid 30 to 45 days before training starts.

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

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  1. #1 by Paul on July 7, 2010 - 12:52 am

    Hi, thanks I have found this information helpful.

  2. #2 by trev madigan on June 24, 2010 - 8:26 pm

    Good info , But we only treat for POX in Australia .
    I like the info on Health as my birds are a little behind at the moment
    keep the info coming

  3. #3 by Anthony on June 9, 2010 - 9:20 am

    I have raised racing pigeons most of my 51 years, and I have found that medication is something to be very careful about. I think some of the best medicans are : NEVER over-crowd, have paitence with the birds and always remember that when entering the Loft, we are “guest”. Treat them with love and respect and one will have birds that will want to return home with all the zeal one can ask for.

  4. #4 by john glemser on April 7, 2010 - 7:05 am

    Start 6 weeks before frist race.Sunday week one 3 days canker week two 3 days respiratory .week 4 coccidiosis 3 days

  5. #5 by HERMAN BAPTISTE SR on March 21, 2010 - 8:47 am

    your infomation as been very helpfull keep it comeing GOD BLESS

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