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Dear Sirs, I notice that the last 4 days in all of the team of my racing pigeons the skin around the eyes from white color became grey and after of in loft training the pigeons breathing with open beak for a short period of time. Please let me know the disease with these symptoms and the neccessary treatment. Any advise is of great help. Regards Gino
I think there are possible 2 problems in your loft
1/ Maybe there is an infection with tricho , so I advice to give them a tablet against tricho per pigeon
2/ The symptoms that you are describing are typically for ornithosis ( respiratory ) problems. The skin around the eyes become dark, brown and the pigeons are after flying sitting with open beak. Also they scratchs on their head and ears. It would be better to give them a treatment of 8 days of a combination of the antibiotics doxycycline + lincospectine together and also put some consecutive days after eachother an antibiotic eye-drops in the eyes ( f.e. Neobacitracine droppings ). Important also if you give a treatment with doxycycline is that you use calcium free water ( bottle-water ) and also give them no grit during the treatment ( only some redstone ).
Afterwards give them 3 days some multi-vitamins + amino-acids and then they aere ready again to perform.
Hello to everyone.. I just have one question to you if you dont mind... I have almost the whole flock who suffers from a dark red to dark throat and the larynx is all the time pumping in and out i mean it's never stable... what do you think is the problem? 10x for your help in advance... bdw I 've treated the flock for respiratory and they still look like that...
The symptoms you describe are indicative for a throat inflammation. This can be caused by trichomoniasis, herpes, candida and/or other bacteria like E. coli, staphylococcus, pelistega. A simple diagnostic examination by a vet could show if the birds are infected with trichomoniasis or candidiasis. It is always first important to rule out canker (trichomoniasis) before you can take other steps. When the pigeons are free from canker or candida and the symptoms remain, you can give antibiotics for bacterial problems. Lincomycine-spectinomycine and amoxicillin are mostly good antibiotics for these indications, but an antibiogram (after isolation of pathogenic bacteria in throat swabs) could give more information on what antibiotic is best. But even then we should not underestimate the influence herpes virus could have on the symptoms, even an underlying problem like paratyphus could be of great importance. Try to rule out all of these causes and give the pigeons enough space and fresh air.
Hello dr, my problem is while eating to swallow the food the pigeons strech their neck and twists his stomach. When flying on the loft they return with open mouth. I gave medication doxycicline, tylosine, deworming for hair tape and round worms, vaccination for Salmonella pt (colombovac), e. coli, cancer. I don't know what to do any more. If you can please help me. Thank you.
In the symptoms that you are giving there are 2 types of symptoms :
1/ After flying they are sitting with open mouth :
This is typically a respiratory problem , normally ornithosis . This has to be treaten with a treatment of 4 to 6 weeks with doxycycline.
2/ The second kind of symptoms with eating could be also a problem of digestion , or an infected throat or stomach. So here fore I would treat with f.e. lincospectine for 10 days.
So , if I have to advice I would give them 10 days doxycycline + lincospectine together , and then further on for 4 weeks doxycycline alone.
But to be honest , the best way to do is firstly let make an autopsy and analysis to know 100 % what the problem is.
Could you please tell me if linco spectin injectable is a banned substance as I've been told it contains cortisone? thanks
Linco-spectin is a combination of two antibiotics that work synergetic. It reaches a high tissue concentration in upper airways so it is mostly used for respiratory problems. It is effective for a lot of the bacteria that are usually (partially) responsible for upper respiratory inflammation. There is no cortisone in this product, so it is no doping. It must be used after veterinary diagnosis and prescription.
One of my pigeons has a white layer on one of its eyes, sometimes it is completely shut and it swells. What has happened to it ? Tell me a cure too.
Hi, i need some advice please. My birds are scratching around there beak and head and also sneezing. I have treated for resportary and canker and it didnt stop. Then i was told it could be mites so i have treated for mites aswell. I have had a pigeon man come to check my birds and said they are fine they had no resportary problems. The birds are fine and droppings are perfect. They are flying well round home about 45 minuted. I was also given some young birds and within 3 days they were also sratching beak and head and sneezing. Have you any idea what it could be. Thanks Mass
I have a problem with some of the racing pigeons in my loft. The problem is a white spot on the tonsil that sits on the floor of the windpipe. It's a raised white line at the entrance of the windpipe on the third tonsil. When pigeons in the loft have this condition, the losses are very heavy. Can you identify this disease and advise me of the appropriate medication to give the birds to eradicate this disease from my loft? I have tried doxycyclin - it keeps it at bay for a few weeks, but then it returns. I live in Western Australia and we have no avian vets here - we only have local vets which are mainly treating cats and dogs.
I would like to know if there`s a broad spectrum antibiotic product that can be injected into a pigeon, instead of medication in the water for five to seven days? Gert South Africa
There are multiple antibiotics that can be injected. Most of the time they work for a short time so the injections have to be repeated. Also some products can cause side-effects with pigeons. Some products that can be used are Baytril (broad-spectrum, intestinal problems, organ inflammation) and Linco-spectin (respiratory and intestinal problems). Use these products with caution and only under guidance from a veterinarian.
In het begin van het seizoen is het moeilijk om bij de eersten te geraken. Naargelang het seizoen vorderd begint het beter te gaan. Wat moet ik doen om mijn duiven van in het begin in de goede form te krijgen en het zo lang mogelijk te houden?
Welke producten zou U geven tegen bvb trichomonas, tegen kopziekte en op welk ogenblik geef ik ze best? (wat zijn de beste producten?
Ik heb een vraag aangaande de oogrand van een duiver bij mij op het vlieghok. Ik heb momenteel een duiver waarbij de oogrand, normaal wit, nu licht rood is. Is dit een vorm van een ontsteking ? Kan dit behandeld worden ?
De duiver is bij een oefenvlucht tijdig huiswaarts gekomen, dus ik denk niet dat hij er echt last van heeft.