What you should do before introducing more pigeons to your already existing birdsr

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Quacking Pigeon, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

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    Today I’m going to talk about the do’s and don’ts of introducing new pigeons to your already existing flock.

    Do’s
    -Keep new pigeons separate in an area far away from your pigeons for about 4-6 weeks quarantine (as you wouldn’t want to just risk loosing all your birds from an illness).

    -(WHAT I DO) So I would wash my new pigeons before putting them in the quarantine area, just to get all that stuff off their feet from the other place and also to feel the bird and check it looks healthy and keep a mental note of it.

    -Watch the new birds behavior and stance. They will most likely be standing still and not doing much (which is normal). A healthy bird will have a great stance. You should write down how the birds look.

    -Give the new birds apple cider vinegar in their water. Now this apparently is good for them but just get other people’s opinions on that first.

    -Add more points if you feel like it.

    Don’ts
    -Don’t put the pigeons with your other pigeons right away (no excuses)

    -Don’t buy sick birds in the first place (unless you get no say, I am with you as it’s happened to me.... once)

    -Don’t keep sick birds with healthy ones (just why would you do that)

    -Add more points if you feel like it.

    This is just some of the do’s and don’ts I have. Feel free to add more and share stories.
     
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  2. biophiliac

    biophiliac Traveler in BYCLand

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    What about vaccinations? Do you have any thoughts on that?
     
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  3. LamarshFish

    LamarshFish Songster

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    One additional thing to consider. When quarantining birds, if you have the resources, it is best to quarantine the birds in pairs or small groups. For example, if you have 10 new birds to quarantine, keep them in 5 groups of 2. That way if there is illness, you already have it isolated to some degree and will have a better chance of preventing it spreading and also an easier time treating affected birds.

    My birds' water always has ACV and garlic in it. Only time it doesn't is a few times a month they have water with only probiotics in it for a day or so.
     
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  4. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

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    @biophiliac yes vaccines are important. I don’t vaccinated my birds because they are too old and I’m not sure where I would get the vaccines and the price. I’ve seen some available in Melbourne I think.
     
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  5. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Crowing

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    @LamarshFish Good points about quarantine and what the birds have in their water.
     
  6. Crzytrkr

    Crzytrkr Chirping

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    Quarteen, quarteen, quarteen 2 to three weeks I know it sucks but if u don't yull be picking up dead birds with tears running down your face! That's how important it is trust me friend.
    Good luck!
    Crzytrkr
     

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