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.

Clinical symptoms

  • 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.

As prevention:

  • 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.

Important tips:

  • Clean the loft at least once a day to prevent a reinfection.
  • Disinfect and burn the loft regularly.
  • Refresh the medicated water daily.