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Diseases That Affect Race Performance of Homing Pigeons. Part II: Bacterial, Fungal, and Parasitic Diseases

David J. Rupiper
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Sep., 1998), pp. 138-148
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30133166
Page Count: 11
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Diseases That Affect Race Performance of Homing Pigeons. Part II: Bacterial, Fungal, and Parasitic Diseases
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Abstract

With the advent of high-stakes races and intense competition of homing pigeons (Columba livia), pigeon aviculturists are turning to veterinary support to improve performance of their racing teams. Veterinarians are now being sought to diagnose and treat specific diseases that may limit performance. Husbandry practices and viral diseases were discussed in Part I of this report. In Part II, diagnosis and treatment of bacterial, mycotic, and parasitic diseases are reviewed. Among the bacterial species that cause disease, Salmonella typhimurium var. copenhagen, Escherichia coli, and a group of bacteria that are associated with chronic respiratory disease are frequently implicated in poor performance. Candidiasis is the primary mycosis affecting young homing pigeons. A myriad of parasitic diseases including coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, helminthiasis, hematozoanosis, and ectoparasitisms also contribute to poor race performance.

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