Letter from the readers n°21 – racing pigeons
Mrs. Mireille Brevers writes to us to announce the birth of a baby pigeon with a blue wing and another brown one!
Never seen! How to explain this?
This curious anomaly occurs from time to time. About twenty years ago I knew a good sucker pigeon (pale) on one side with a rooster eye and blue on the other with a white eye. All along a perfect center line from head to tail. This case is the most spectacular because one of the parents is a red (with its miller variants etc.), and the other a blue with its variants as well (scaled etc.).
In fact, it can also exist in the coupling between 2 blues or 2 reds. This is obviously much more difficult to see, unless the parents have different eyes (white eye in one, “rooster” eye in the other, for example the pipant then having one rooster eye and the other white. This phenomenon is due to a genetic “accident” of the first cell divisions, which is called “crossing over”. The paternal and maternal chromosones unite in pairs, parallel. But they can sometimes cross in X, this X then separating in 2 vertically during subsequent cell multiplications.It is this accident, when it reaches the chromosomes bearing the colors of the plumage and which gives these pigeons phenomena.
Mr. Didier Bougelet from Andenne, says he is worried because he cannot prevent his pigeons from going to the field as soon as he releases them and from where they return with their beaks stained with earth.
However, he specifies, they always have grit, vitamineral and pecking stone available and the water in the trough is renewed every day. Every time he presents them to the veterinarian Dr, he finds them perfectly healthy. What to do?
There is no doubt that your pigeons suffer from a deficiency. Which? Here is the problem.
It takes 5 to 6%. She is satisfied with legumes, barley, dari, sunflower. We only see it in amateurs who give only maize + wheat, for example. But this way of doing things has become rare.
It’s much more common and much more complicated, at least in theory. The most common deficiency is that of salt (sodium chloride). But you give Vitamineral which contains salt.
As for the other minerals, everything is possible and, in practical terms, can only have a global solution, because it is not clear which mineral is missing. So, I advise for a few days, in the drinking water per liter: 1 teaspoon of salt + a little electrolytes. You continue, of course, to leave available Vitamineral – pecking stone – grit etc. and if necessary yeast on the seeds for some time.
You keep us informed of the results, whatever they are.
A reader who has been practicing for eight years says he is faced with the following problem:
At the hour following meals (morning and evening), some youngsterseject liquid, transparent or white droppings; others make slightly fluid excrement. After an hour everything is back to normal. A cure of Furoxine did not change anything, nor did the closing of the ventilation openings on the floor and the ceiling, and the change of mixture.
The transit of water through the digestive tract is very rapid. Your youngsters therefore quickly reject excess water, just after the meal. Inflammation of the first digestive tract causes thirst. Have you regularly treated for trichomoniasis?
It is absolutely essential in all the colonies (nobody escapes it) and it is necessary to make regular reminders (2 days in a row every 3 weeks, every 15 days in very hot weather).
Take this seriously. Furoxin is a small disinfectant without value on trichomoniasis and coccidiosis. How were the flights of your youngsters?
Pierre Dubois (lvoz-Ramet) feels some fear regarding the administration of spiramycin (Suanovil) to fight against coryza. He asks for a straightforward opinion.
Spiramycin is a good anticoryza especially against mycoplasma and staphylococcal coryzas.
We must always, as with all coryzas:
– add an antitrichomoniasis treatment (Ridzol type)
– check the ventilation of the installations (you have often read this under my pen) all under penalty of very rapid recidivism. The dose is 1 gram of the product for 1/41 of water, ie one teaspoon for 6 I of water. The leaflet says that this dose can be doubled in case of severe infection.
I add that:
– the product is not dangerous but being very bitter, any excessive dose reduces the consumption accordingly – therefore, keep the pigeons locked up during the treatment.
Distribute lightly salted (or sweet) seeds to increase thirst. – treatment should be continued for 4 to 5 days.
Mr. Thierry Motte (Thorembais) questions:
– What do you think of Linco Spectin (in injection) and Baytril to fight coryza?
– Is the repeated use of these products not harmful? One of my pigeons, sensitive to coryza, ranks honestly, except in hot weather; it opens its beak regularly then. How to remedy this?
As I have written countless times coryza = trichomoniasis + microbes + quite often herpes viruses + above all insufficient ventilation.
The treatment follows.
The products mentioned are effective against the germs in question if they are sensitive to them: it all depends on the microbes and strains in question.
Some pigeons, chronic carriers of coryza, have a deformation of the sinus turbinates and a recurrent infection.
The use of anticoryza is not harmful but the role of the amateur is to avoid having to use it continuously (see again… aeration).
[ Source:Article edited by Dr. J.P. Stosskopf – PIGEON RIT Magazine]
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