There is no product anyone sells that will replace sound loft management. If you are a beginner or “old pro”, it makes good sense to invest in a good book that will answer many basic of often complex questions. #836 "Pigeons for Pleasure and Profit" or #805 "The Pigeon Guide" are both good books which cover all phases of pigeon raising. Two books on pigeon health that I recommend are #880 “A Veterinary Approach To Pigeon Health" or #881 "The Flying Vet's Pigeon Health and Management".
Have you thought of throwing one egg, from each clutch, away? When the pair raises only one young at a time, the young are usually healthier and grow faster. If you allow your loft to become overcrowded, disease will pay your birds a visit.
WHAT IS A SOUND LOFT MANAGEMENT PLAN?
There are some basics however. I talk to people all day about the health of their pigeons. Most people do not vaccinate and all people should. It is something anyone can do. You need to vaccinate for Paramyxovirus (PMV), Paratyphoid and Pox. I use the regular syringes and needles that we carry.
I am not a big believer in using antibiotics or medicines as preventatives. I think you should have medications on hand in case of an outbreak. I do believe you should treat, before breeding, for worms and Canker. We have individual treatments for both. Try to rotate, from time to time, to prevent your birds from building up a resistance.
What should you have on hand? That question is best answered by your wallet. You can never have everything, but it is a good idea to build up a medicine chest of pigeon medications.
Try to have some one eye cold treatment such as “1 Drop 1 Eye 1 Time”. A good treatment for Paratyphoid is Salm-A-Bloc or Batryl. Coccidiosis medications must be rotated so keep Baycox and Cocci-Cide around.
I like to keep individual tablets around to treat birds that seem to be sick or when I don't want to treat the whole loft. Baytril tablets or Aureomycin capsules are good to have around. Parasites are always a problem. I dip all my birds once or twice a year. Use Permectrin II as directed. Dusting your birds is a popular way to control bugs and Diatomaceous Earth is excellent.
Be sure to remember that when you use any drug on a pigeon, you must not eat them. No one really knows how long it takes for a drug to clear out of a pigeon's system. If you're raising them to eat, then make it natural for your health's sake.
We are a family business and when you call, you'll get Vickie, my wife; Kim, my daughter or once in a while, myself! The business was purchased by our family in 2000. We are only the third owners in the 115 year history of Foy’s. We make every effort to get your order out the day you call or the next day.
I spend much of my day talking to pigeon people about their bird’s health. I usually know what diseases are crossing the country or what products are best for your bird's problems. Having access to all the books and products on our shelves, I have formed some opinions about which products to use and will do my best to help you.
I am no vet, but experience is a great teacher. Most symptoms of sick birds are the same; when you call, I’ll ask you questions that might help me figure out what might help.
I receive many calls as to my personal choice of product(s). Here are some of my choices, which change from time to time based on new products or experiences.
As mentioned previously, I scrape my loft floor regularly and once every 2 or 3 times, I sprinkle Belgium White on the floor using a broom to cover the whole floor and to get into the cracks. We live in a cold climate but I do not use a heater. I use the #315 Ideal Fount/Feeder and use an extra crock bowl. I do this year round. If it freezes, I bring it in and clean the bowl while replacing it with the one I used the day before. I’ve never broken a crock in cold weather. I use #1001 to hold my grit.
The “T” perches are my favorite perch because they stay fairly clean with most of the droppings going onto the floor. I also love to use the nest boxes, either the Simplicity Box or the Oversized Nest Box with a plastic front. When it comes to feeders, I have really enjoyed using our new Cafeteria Feeders. I use them when I am not flying my birds. They save me lots of time as I can dump a full bag of feed; I don't have to worry about feeding that section for a month or so. When I start flying in the Spring and Summer, I switch to the feeder with the guard.
I certainly hope this information is of some use to you and remember…. the reason we have so many choices is that everyone has a different idea or need.We've have a great new item that will measure teaspoons, tablespoons, milliliters or an ounce. This new measuring shot glass has all the measurements conveniently marked on the side of the glass. A great gift, you'll want one for yourself or what a nice idea to give them away as a prize at as how. Comes with a generic pigeon on it, but you may order it with your own special breed. Minimum order of 150 when you want to have a custom print.