Sick Pigeons

Sick Pigeons
Pigeons sometimes get sick even in the cleanest lofts. Sick pigeons often ruffle their feathers and look droopy. When they are sick, they often have watery droppings. Many different diseases will cause these symptoms. Asking an experienced pigeon flier for help is a good idea. If you have no one to help you, it would be a good idea to remove the sick pigeon and place it in a small pen or cage. This may help to prevent the disease from spreading. You can call one of the pigeon supply companies for help.

Pigeons also may get lice. They live on the pigeons and in the cracks in the loft. Dusting powders and roost paints will get rid of lice. The lice and miter drink the pigeons blood and chew on their feathers. Dusting your birds several times a year will get rid of the lice. A handful of Borax laundry detergent in their bath water also helps remove and prevent lice. Dusting powders and roost paints can be purchased from any pigeon supply house.

The bottom of the aviary should be made from wire. The wire should have a small size mesh because pigeons will not walk on it if the mesh is too large. The mesh bottom allows the droppings and rain to fall through it.

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  1. #1 by John Narciso on May 12, 2010 - 11:02 am

    Can someone please tell me what the different types of “sypmtoms” would be for the various types of worms. I don’t SEE anything in their droppings to suggest that they may have worms but I don’t think the previous owner of my birds treated them for anything. Is it a good idea to worm birds a couple times a year? I have a couple birds that have ruffled feathers and perch on one leg. Would that be a sign of possible worms? I checked the throats and there is no canker,thank goodness.. I know that the previous owner also had chickens and livestock.Any info is most appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • #2 by Sunrise loft on April 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

      hello John
      yes I would treat them for worms especially if they were with chickens,
      the very first sympton are droppings, there is another dont eat much loose lots of weight and died very soon, yes you can treat birds I have used pipperazine not more than once a year, but if you let birds wander too much out side the loft make whatch them closley on what they pick on, the ruffle feather means also cocidiocis , healthy drpping should not be green or slimy should be brownish with white tip and solid.

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