A Few Exciting tips to kick off the season with a bang!

A Few Exciting tips to kick off the season with a bang!

Jan de Wijs

The start of pigeon season varies globally, with some regions beginning as early as March and others waiting for warmer weather. This variation underscores the importance of local knowledge and adaptation to climatic conditions, as cold temperatures can be particularly detrimental to pigeon health.

Beyond the Cold
The comparison to human susceptibility to colds after exposure to the cold is striking. For pigeons, a cold snap can lead to an increased risk of infections, which, although often latent, can become active under stressful conditions such as basketing and the season's first flights. 

The Invisible Burden
Pigeons can carry a range of infections, from ectoparasites like lice and shaft mites to endoparasites and a variety of viruses and bacteria, including Circovirus, Adeno, Paramyxo, and Herpes. Under normal circumstances, these infections are latent, but they can flare up when conditions change, such as stress, temperature fluctuations, and the stress of the first competitions. Keep a close eye on your pigeons, observing repeatedly is key!

The Microbial Mélange
Gut health plays a central role in pigeon well-being, where a balance between the immune system and pathogens is essential. This balance is supported by a healthy gut flora, which helps keep potentially harmful bacteria at bay and strengthens the pigeon's natural defenses. Don't skimp on good quality feed, ensure regularity, and maintain a certain level of hygiene in your loft!

The Impact of Stress Is Often Underestimated
Stressful events, such as the stress of basketing and exposure to cold during the first flights, can disrupt this delicate balance, making pigeons susceptible to diseases. This underscores the importance of strategic care and management to guide pigeons through these vulnerable periods.

The Role of Preventive Care
Traditions in pigeon racing, such as preventive disinfection after flights, can sometimes do more harm than good, especially for pigeons in top condition. A more targeted approach, treating weaker pigeons individually without compromising the health of the top performers, is recommended.
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Maintaining pigeon health throughout the season requires a careful balance between preventive care and avoiding unnecessary interventions. By remaining critical and supporting the natural resistance of pigeons, enthusiasts can aim for a season of outstanding performance and well-being.

Until the next blog,

Jan de Wijs

Blogger and Racing Pigeon Expert

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