The Pigeon Racing Season; May

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During this time of year in the pigeon racing sport, my attention turns to old birds, especially to their health care and to their desire for racing.

Coccidiosis and canker germs are bigsignificant health threats that our pigeons are very likely to pick up from shipping crates or from drinking contaminated water out on the race course. Thoughtful flyers take care of this exposure before it can turn into a problem. It’s a good idea to give every pigeon a canker treatment approximately 3 to 4 hours after returning from a race, and then check again the next day.

Racing pigeons require a time released dose of vitamin B, amino acids and carnitine into their systems so that these supplements are present in the muscles during the race. This is one of the best ways to prevent stress in race birds. My best suggestion is to give them Carmine liquid (Versele-Laga) (carnitine) for at least five to seven days before shipping them to a long race. On the night you basket your birds, give one Carni-Tab tablet (Colombine) and a Supra Pill (Colombine) to each bird.

I recommend using Turbosole to control canker in your loft and advise you not to overlook your old pigeon race team regarding the threat of canker. This is extremely important step for serious flyers to take. Turbosole is a phonominal product, and I think its the best choice for canker in pigeons. I trust that it can be safely used during racing, breeding, or moulting.

I use an eye loupe to check for acute respiratory infections. I do this by checking the rim of the eye and look for bubbles of air in an overly moist eye. If the eye looks to be watery and has numerous air bubbles in the liquid around the rim of the eye, then that pigeon most likely needs to be treated with a good respiratory product for a minimum of 7. Doxyvet and Doxy-T, from the Australian Pigeon Company, are very effective antibiotics. Always remember to take out the grit and mineral supplements from the loft whenever you are medicating the birds with respiratory antibiotics.

I am glad to share with you a product that I get fantastic results from for my breeding pigeons and squeakers: Calcium/Vitamin D3 Syrup from the Australian Pigeon Company. It works extremely well when administered along with Pigeon Power. It’s a great boost to the overall strength of both the parents and the young. I mix this calcium supplement and Pigeon Power into water at the same time according to directions and give it to my breeders and to the babies they are raising. This is a great thing to do for your racing pigeons.

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