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Racing Pigeons Dying in Egg

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05.02.2011
Author: Gyosport.ro  

Were received regular calls from fanciers that fertile eggs are failing to hatch i.e. that the embryos these eggs contain are dying through the incubation time. Many fanciers immediately think of Salmonella when they see this, when in fact all infections together including Salmonella account for less than 5% of all dead in-shell youngsters. And so just why do these youngsters...

Panting in Racing Pigeons

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05.01.2011
Author: Gyosport.ro  

Anatomically speaking, a bird’s respiratory system has some similarity to our own in that inhaled air travels down a central windpipe, which then opens into a set of lungs. There are, however, several critical differences. In an evolutionary sense, the respiratory system of birds is more primitive anatomically than our own. Birds do not have a diaphragm, which is the...

Absorption of Vitamins and medicine from Racing Pigeons

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04.01.2011
Author: Gyosport.ro  

Most medicines for internal use, however they are administered (by mouth, injection, spraying), have to be absorbed from the point at which this occurs, i.e. have to travel further in order to reach the appropriate organ or organs. There are clear differences in the way the various active ingredients are absorbed, and to ignore these can cause treatment to be...

Effects of Heat and Humidity During a Pigeon Race

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28.12.2010
Author: Gyosport.ro  

Pigeons do not have sweat glands and so cannot lose body heat through sweating. In birds, body heat is lost by evaporative cooling from the air sacs. When birds become hot, they start to pant. This increases air flow over the air sacs, in the process increasing evaporative loss, leading to cooling. Lost moisture is replaced by drinking. In this...

Paratyphoid: One of the most frequent bacterial diseases in Racing Pigeons

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26.12.2010
Author: Gyosport.ro  

Paratyphoid is caused by a Salmonella bacteria. This Salmonella var. Copenhagen is specific for pigeons. Although this disease is widely acknowledged by pigeon fanciers it is still an underestimated illness. A lot of fanciers have carriers of paratyphoid in their lofts without knowing or suspecting it. This is exactly the main problem with paratyphoid. As soon as there are clear symptoms...

What should a fancier know about worm diseases ?

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23.12.2010
Author: Gyosport.ro  

The most common worms found in pigeons today are roundworms, hair worms, stomach wall worms, gapeworms, stronglylids, and tapeworms. Symptoms of worm disease vary with the type of infestation. It is conceivable for pigeons to live with slight infestations with no ill effects. Severe infestations generally cause droopiness, loss of weight, and some diarrhea. Gapeworms can cause breathing problems.The best way...

Racing Pigeons - Old Birds, Canker and Respiratory Diseases

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22.12.2010
Author: Gyosport.ro  

During this time of year in the pigeon racing sport, my focus turns to old birds, especially to their healthcare and to their motivation for racing. Canker germs are big, significant health threats that our racing pigeons are most likely to pick up from shipping crates or from drinking tainted water out on the race course. Thoughtful flyers take care of...

All about the Streptococcus & the Racing Pigeons

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18.12.2010
Author: Gyosport.ro  

Streptococcus is the name given to a group of dot-shaped bacteria that are capable of causing disease in pigeons. They are everywhere in the environment, mainly in the dust and air. Many species have been isolated from pigeons and they are considered part of the normal bacteria found on the skin and the lining of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive...