In almost any pigeon loft we can find coccidiosis, but only a very serious infection will cause visible clinical signs. In contrast with a trichomonosis infection the pigeon is able to build up some natural resistance against coccidiosis and therefore a treatment will only be necessary in case of a very serious infection. Eimeria labbeana and Eimeria columbarum are parasites multiplying in the intestinal cells and damaging them.
In case of a serious infection the digestion will be less efficient, the droppings will become watery green and the pigeons will lose their condition. A good daily hygiene is of the utmost importance and should always be coupled with a good treatment and a dry climate on the loft.
There are three infection ways by which the disease is being transmitted:
- dirty contaminated baskets,
- eating and/or drinking of contaminated food or drinking water,
- drinking of contaminated water on roofs or out of gutters.
- Disturbed digestion
- Flat and watery droppings
- Weakness causing other secondary infections
- Delayed growth of young pigeons
Photo: Poultry and Special Animal Diseases
Veter. Medical School University Ghent
In case of illness:
- 1 sachet (or measuring spoon) of Coxi Plus per 2 litres of water during 5 days.
- In case of serious infections repeat the treatment after 14 days.
- Treat all the pigeons of the same loft together at the same time.
- After the Coxi Plus treatment administer B-Chol during 3 to 5 days.
- Treat all breeding pigeons at least 1 month before the breeding season.
- In case of a delayed arrival the pigeon has to be treated individually.
- After purchase the new pigeons need to be treated individually.
- Clean the loft at least once a day to prevent a reinfection.
- Disinfect and burn the loft regularly.
- Refresh the medicated water daily.