The pigeon season 2018 is really on the doorstep now.

Posted on 27/03/2018, Author: Pitts

The pigeon season 2018 is really on the doorstep now. The fanciers for the short distance start their season in mid-March, weather permitting, of course. And a few weeks later we all start to race. Let the races start as soon as possible !


What is currently happening in the lofts and in practice? 

  • 1/ Currently we vaccinate!

Indeed, it is now vaccination time in most lofts. Smallpox, paramyxo, some paratyphoid or adeno or herpes: these are busy times for both fancier and veterinarian. Pay special attention to vaccinate in time: preferably at least 3 weeks between the vaccination and starting the training. There are actually 2 reasons for this: 1 ° time is needed to get the necessary protection and 2 ° the development of a vaccine takes some time and during this stressful period you do not want to burden the pigeon even more with the stressful first training flights. 

  • 2 / Pay extra attention to the airways.

Traditionally, the start of the season is an extra burden for mainly the upper airways. Several factors play a role here:

- the weather conditions with often humid, cool and windy periods that put extra load on the airways.

- The pigeons that often stayed inside for a long time and are now suddenly exposed to these circumstances.

- Often a long period of untreated pigeons, so they are often tricho-infected, which makes them certainly more sensitive to other respiratory tract infections. Or just had the chance to develop germs in the airways since the end of the previous season.

How do you respond?

- A firm cure at the start of the season to clear heads and airways seems to me a must: not 2 or 3 days, certainly insufficient, but rather a 7-8-day treatment. The choice of antibiotic can be a gamble here, but it is better to use a throat swab combined with an antibiogram.

- Once the airways have been set clean and healthy in this way, I think you should mainly work preventively. Dripping in the eye and nose are a great tool here. Especially before and after the flight, but actually you can never do this "too frequently". The main goal here is to prevent the infections from entering the airways and causing damage and illness. If you stop them there, you will prevent them having to be cured all the time. Many of you may start shivering and shaking when they see and / or hear the word "drip." And I know, it can sometimes seem terribly time-consuming, but absolutely useful. Which drop? That is of course a different pair of sleeves, because there is a choice of a multitude of possibilities. Natural and other, ointments and gels and drops, greasy and watery, tremendously irritating and non-irritating, etc. My opinion on this? As an eye product, I would prefer an antibiotic gel: an antibiotic that specifically targets the bacteria and a gel that works longer than a drop. For the nose I would prefer a slightly irritating natural drop, so that stubborn mucus comes loose and is removed and the airways are free for a necessary good breathing.

- At the moment there are also some very good products based on herbal mixtures, which do their job preventatively well. With the main goal: trying to limit antibiotic treatments. Also the "yellow drop" can have a very useful and positive effect here: tricho braking and a protective effect on the airway mucous membranes and an anti-mucus effect.


  • 3 / many young pigeons with respiratory problems and ornithosis-like symptoms.

Indeed we saw the last 14 days a lot of youngsters with dirty noses, inflamed eyes, snot from the nose and red throats. This problem is actually much more extensive in practice than in previous years. Of course the cause is not to be found far. The youngsters have to go outside to gain experience, often several hours. But what they were already served: cold, lashing east wind, often in insufficiently shielded aviaries or sputniks. Ideal for the development of infections of the upper airways, especially in relatively fragile youngsters.

Research shows that there is almost always a tricho infection. Furthermore, they are ornithosis-like symptoms. Watery eyes with dirty brownish eye rims, rumbling and / or brownish-water nasal discharge with pressures on the nose caps, brownish dirty nose caps, etc ... Several germs here will be the culprits, but the combinations can vary from loft to loft: chlamydia, mycoplasms, coliforms, streptococci and staphylococci, etc.

What is there to do? Of course, the tricho must be treated! In addition, choose an appropriate antibiotic, preferably even a combination of 2 drugs. Both will be allowed to be administered for 5 to 7 days. Usually the healing will proceed quite smoothly and you will quickly notice improvement. The worse cases leave you in the loft, but give you an additional individual treatment with eye gel and nasal drops for several days.


  • 4 / urgently "degrease" widowers

When we currently have the widowers on consultation, at least half of them are absolutely fat. Barely or not yet flown away, relatively heavily fed, by the longer winter period and large appetite also more fed than really needed: all factors that promote the fat intake. Realize that now is the absolute moment to do something about this, because otherwise you will guaranteed be running behind the facts  for the first races and be clearly short.

What can you do about it ?

- definitely start the training and gradually increase it. Do not force, but gradually increase, to prevent muscle distractions. If not, you will have 1 or a few who will not progress a meter more after the first training sessions.

- Add supplements that can support degreasing: tea, liquid brewer's yeast, sulfur powder, liver degreasers such as sedochol, biochol or codichol or chol-plus.

- Adjust the feed: give a purifying feed and limit the quantity.

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