Baytril–a good choice for serious infections, mainly intestinal or
systemic. This drug comes in tablet form and individual pigeons can be dosed at 5mg per pigeon per day. Flock treat with the liquid Baytril only
(the tablets will not go into solution). Use for 5-10 days.
Do not use during reproduction and rapid growth of squabs.
Amoxicillin–a safer alternative drug to Baytril. It can be used during
reproduction and racing without side effects. Not as broad spectrum as
Baytril but often very effective in treating serious infections. Comes in
tablet form (50mg) which can be used once or twice daily on individual
cases. Flock treatment best accomplished using 3grams per gallon for
Tetracycline drug (Terramycin, Aeuromycin, Tetracycline , or
Doxycycline)–good for respiratory infections; best when used in
combination with Tylan. One usually has no distinct advantage over the
other and they share a common spectrum of activity. With the exception
of Doxycycline, they are all available over the counter as poultry
preparations. Use 4 teaspoonsful per gallon of the regular strength or 2 teaspoonsful per gallon of the concentrate. Doxycyline is dosed at 500-
1000mg per gallon. Use these for 7-14 days.
Tylan–use as mentioned above, in combination with a tetracycline for
respiratory infections. Tylan powder is dosed at 1-2 teaspoonsful per
gallon. Individual dose at 50 mg per pigeon per day.
Delta Albaplex– this is a veterinary tablet which can be quite useful in
treating individual cases of respiratory disease. It contains a tetracycline
plus albamycin as well as a small amount of corticosteroid. Use 1/2
Amprolium– the standby for coccidiosis.treat at 1tsp/gallon of the 20%
Baycox (Toltazuril)–a newer more effective coccidiostat, not yet avilable in the USA but seems to be available through various channels. Can be
used instead of Amprolium. Dose for 1-2 days at 4cc (100mg) per
Ronidazole (RIdzol)– for trichomonas…this is the safest of the three
products commonly used but is not approved for use in this country.
Emtryl (Dimetridazole)–for trichomonas…not approved for use in this
country. Mexican or Canadian Emtryl dosed at 1/4-3/8 tsp per gallon for
3-5 days. Can cause seizures at higher doses.
Flagyl (Metronidazole)–for trichomonas…25-50 mg per pigeon per day
for 1-3 days or 1250-2500 mg per gallon for 3-5 days.
Ivomec (Ivermectin)–wormer–500-1000micrograms(ug) per pigeon.
Effective against Capallaria (hairworms) and Tetrameres and
Dyspharynx (stomach wall worms); less effective against Roundworms.
Pyrantel pamoate–1-3mg per pigeon (75mg per gallon) for 1-2 days for
Tramisol (levamisole) 1-1.5 grams per gallon for one day for
Panacur (fenbendazole) effective against the three major worms but
has potential to cause feather damage. Do not use during reproduction
or moult. 5mg per pigeon per day for 3 days.
Quinacrine–antimalarial drug.use only in areas where malaria or
Haemoproteus is a problem. Use for 4 weeks before flying season then
one day weekly during races. Dosse at 200mg per gallon
There are many other choice available and I’ve kept it to what I consider
a minimal, giving choices for some conditions. Not all of these drugs are
commonly available. Consult your friendly veterinarian for help in
acquiring some of these handy drugs as some are by perscription only.
ERYTHROMYCIN.(Gallimycin)- An antibiotic generally effective against respiratory
infections,especially Mycoplasmosis. May also be useful against certain Staph infections.
DOSAGE: 3-6 tsp per gallon for 4-7 days; PREVENTATIVE DOSE: ¾ tsp per gallon
OXYTETRACYCLINE (Terramycin)- A broad spectrum antibiotic useful
against many types of infections, but often not highly effective. Most
usually recommended for use after races as a general preventative
Dosage: (for concentrate) 1 tsp per gallon.
CLORTETRACYCLINE ( Aureomycin) A broad spectrum antibiotic
similar to Terramycin but probably more effective. Dosage:
(concentrate) 1-2 tsp per gallon for as many as 15 days if positive
LINCOMYCIN/SPECTINOMYCIN ( L/S 50 ) An antibiotic consisting of
two synergistic antibiotics which are highly effective against
Mycoplasmosis. Considered the drug of choice in treatment of
respiratory infections. Spectinomycin may also be very effective against
Salmonella and E-Coli. Dosage: 1 tsp per gallon for 5-7 days.
AMPICILLIN- An antibiotic in the Penicillin family which is effective
against most strains of E-Coli, and probably other infections, but not a
cure-all. Dosage: for 200 ml bottles. Make a stock solution and use 7
tsp per gallon for 7-10 days. Keep refrigerated
ENROFLOXACIN-(Baytril)- An antibacterial agent effective against both
gram negative and gram positive bacteria. Considered the drug of
choice against parathypoid if birds have not been vaccinated. May also
be very effective against E-Coli Dosage: ¼ tablet twice a day for 5-10
SULFACHLORPYRIDAZINE(Vetisulid or Pyradan) A sulfa drug to which
most strains of E-Coli are sensitive Also an effective coccidiostat.
Dosage: 1 tsp per gallon for 5-7 days.
TYLOSIN (Tylan) – Most effective in concentrated form. An effective
drug against respiratory infections, especially Mycoplasmosis. Dosage:
1 tsp per gallon for 5-7 days I mix this with L/S 50 for very good results.
Amprolium ( Amprol or Corid)- An inexpensive and very effective
coccidiostat. Considered the drug of choice for coccidiosis…. Dosage: 1
tsp per gallon for 3-5 days. For an outbreakl; 1 tsp per gallon for 5 days
than ½ tsp per gallon for 7 additional days.
MEBENDAZOLE(Telmentic)- A general wormer. Considered the wormer
of choice by many as it is highly effective against all worms except
tapeworms. Dosage: ¼ tsp per gallon for 5 days. Repeat within 10-15 days.
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