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should a fancier know about Coccidiosis?
Coccidiosis is a highly infectious and very common disease caused by a protozoan that infects the intestines of our birds. It is usually present to some degree in all pigeons, but most adult birds have developed enough immunity to the disease to remain healthy. Young pigeons are most often infected, or birds that have been subjected to severe stress (i.e., racing, showing, lack of feed and water, or relocation). Adult birds may become infected from drinking unclean water or from being in contact with moist droppings.
Symptoms of Coccidiosis include little or no desire to eat or drink. Pigeons with Coccidiosis will remain puffed up on perches, and they lack any desire to move, often closing their eyes. Droppings are usually very loose, greenish in color, and may become very watery. Weight loss is another symptom, and death can occur in young birds.
To prevent Coccidiosis, keep the loft dry and sanitary. Do not allow feed to come into contact with droppings, and regularly disinfect drinkers. Do not allow birds to drink from gutters or mud puddles, and keep the feed and water free from contact with rodents. Always isolate new birds for several weeks, since they are a primary target for the spread of Coccidiosis. Birds returning from a race should be given a preventative treatment shortly after their return, especially if out overnight. Race baskets should be disinfected weekly.
See the Coccidiosis section of the Siegelís catalog for medications for prevention and cure.