Pigeon Health

Red Mites

pigeon red mite

Red Mites live in the cracks and crevices all around the pigeon loft. They only move on to pigeons for the duration of the evening to suck blood. These mites can easily go undetected during the day. Hefty infestations can cause anaemia and might even result in the death of squabs. Bloodsucking lice may possibly […]


Coccidiosis in Pigeons

coccidiosis in pigeons

Coccidiosis is highly infectious and quite a common illness that infects the intestines of birds. It usually exists to some degree in all pigeons, but most adult birds produce sufficient immunity to the disease to continue to be healthy. Symptoms Signs of a Coccidiosis infection in pigeons include: Loss of appetite and weight-loss Birds sit […]



paramyxovirus in pigeons

Paramyxovirus in pigeons is very serious and has been known to wipe-out entire lofts. Sick birds can die inside of 3 days. The infection spreads very easily between birds and there is no specific remedy. If you are not sure how to handle a potential infection or have little experience please contact a veterinarian. Otherwise known as […]


Salmonella and Paratyphoid

Salmonella is the causative/pathogen agent and paratyphoid is the outcome. Salmonella are gram negative bacteria that infect pigeons, other birds and even animals or humans. There are about 2000 species. Free-ranging birds can be sub-clinical carriers and so they, simply put, are a reservoir of Salmonella. It is known that mice and rats (and even […]


Sour Crop in Pigeons

sour crop

Sour crop in pigeons can be quite common and is usually linked with the poor grit or the consumption of bad grains. The term “sour crop” generally refers to an infection in the crop or digestive tract. The infection causes the crop to shut-down and any food content in the crop to turn “sour”. Additionally, the […]


Canker in Pigeons

pigeon canker

Trichomoniasis or Canker, as it’s known in pigeons,  is quite widespread in the pigeon world, especially in the UK. It can also affect birds of prey (known as “frounce”) that feed on other birds that are contaminated with the parasite. Adult pigeons can often be inflicted without showing any outward signs and may infect their […]