Inoculation of your pigeons

There are many fanciers in the world that believe it is not necessary to inoculate pigeons against certain viruses and diseases. The ailments I am referring to is Paramyxo virus, Pox virus and the bacteria group Paratyphoid and Salmonella. I am a firm believer that you must inoculate your pigeons. It is also compulsory to the Department of Agriculture that pigeons must be inoculated against Paramyxo and Pox virus. Clubs can refuse to accept your pigeons if they are not properly inoculated. Let us have a look at the different inoculations and when it is a good time to administer it.

Paramyxo Virus

I find it very successful to inoculate the young birds when I wean them from their parents. There are three good products on the market being Chevivac P200, Nobivac and PMV I. An external lice product, IO Backdrops, is also used on day of weaning to assist against all blood sucking parasites. Another product Avio Ekto/Endo is also very useful. During the month of March the pigeons can then again be inoculated against Paramyxo. We have found that many fanciers use products that are suitable against New Castle disease to inoculate against Paramyxo virus. This is a big mistake as many of these fanciers end up encountering Paramyxo in their lofts before the racing season started. Do things properly and use the correct vaccines. Stop listening to every pigeon fanciers' advice. They only confuse you and you sit with the problem at the end of the day. You can not believe the problem you have when Paramyxo attacks your loft. So be careful.

Pox Virus

It is absolutely necessary to inoculate your pigeons against pox. A loft that attracted the Pox virus is a sight for sore eyes. It is also very uncomfortable for the pigeons. They find it hard to eat and their appearance is ugly. The correct time to inoculate against this virus is when all your young birds have been weaned and are in the race loft. This is the period during February / March. I like the product Medipox and I found it to be a stable product since it came on the market. I have also found that some years the inoculations do not grow like I want it to, but my pigeons never get pox.

Salmonella / Paratyphoid inoculation

It is wise to inoculate against the above bacteria as the cost of treatments to keep this group under control can run into hundreds of rands. If your loft contracts these bacteria, a treatment of ten days is necessary to control it. Therefore I like to inoculate all my pigeons (breeding and race birds) against it. Firstly you must treat your pigeons for ten days to ensure that the bacteria are not present in them. Seven days later you can inoculate the pigeons. Any of the following products can be used for the ten day treatment: Baytril, Trimeto Plus, Altabactine, Typhoid Cure, Mediprim, YBD 7 in 1, Chevimulen T, Furazolidone + and Furazol.

Seven days after this treatment you can inoculate with Autogenous Bacterin Paratyphoid, or Chevivac -S, or OJB Paratyphoid vaccine.

Make sure that you inoculate twice when you use Autogenous Bacterin Paratyphoid or OJB Paratyphoid. A good time to vaccinate the birds against Paratyphoid / Salmonella is during the month of March.

By Derick Streak

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