Loft Update for 04/22/2012
I’ve moved my second round of young birds into the loft during the last week. All of my pigeons seem to be doing really well and quite healthy. I’ve been quite lucky thus far and I have been able to keep good health in the loft. I attribute this partially to the use of Foy’s Pigeon Builder in the water 3 to 4 times a week. I am very happy with the results from this vitamin supplement. On days that I don’t add the Pigeon Builder, I will use plain water or add some Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
Foy's Pigeon BuilderContains a small amount of Chlorotetracycline to boost production and fertility. Also contains Vitamin D3, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Dextrose, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin and Dextrorotatory. Any vitamin is most effective given on a regular, long-term basis.
I have been feeding a seed mix from Wheatland Seed which is coated in probiotics. Lately I have been mixing this with barley, hemp seed, turkey grower pellets, and a few times a week I will toss in some dry dog premium food. I have been trying to stay on the higher end of protein levels while they are developing early. I feel that this will aid in feather and muscle development. They all seem to be strong, fit, and growing well. I will adjust this mix to my liking and drop the turkey pellets completely once I begin flying the birds.
New Pigeons In the Loft
I added some birds to the loft this week from Eric Ellis (Stealth Loft) and from Bill Rixey (Golden Loft). Eric was our club’s Champion Loft for both Old Birds and Young Birds Last year. He has decided not to fly Young Birds this year, so he is helping me out with some really nice pigeons. Bill flies his birds only in One Loft Races. He has done quite a bit of winning and owns some spectacular birds, including direct children of Sure Bet and others from Ganus Family Loft.
In the video I mentioned “Virkon S”. This is a product that I read about on Frank Mclaughlin’s “Secrets” Page. I’ve been wondering about it for quite some time and I recently picked some up for my loft. I thought it was a good time to try it out right now with bringing in birds from a couple of different lofts. Below is some of the details Frank gives about this product.
Virkon S is a disinfectant sold by Dupont. Not only is it the most amazing disinfectant you will ever use in the lofts for sanitation but it is simply magic when used in the pigeons drinking water.
Virkon S should be the first line of defense for any young bird sickness. If the pigeons start to go off whether it is a young bird sickness or possible other affliction add 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon to the gallon of water for five days. Usually within two days all symptoms have disappeared. By day five the birds look spectacular. Virkon S must be added to the water after the containers are filled and then stirred. It will form up if added first and then water is added. Like any disinfectant be careful to keep Virkon S out of your eyes and try not to inhale the powder. Better to be safe.
As a general health aid give the pigeons three days of Virkon S every six to eight weeks. Virkon S seems to have a positive effect against all bacteria, virus, fungi and canker. We use it during breeding, molting and racing will no ill effects.
Chicken breeders have been giving Virkon S to chicks for years. The chicks live better, grow better and losses are lessened.
We add Virkon S to the bath water in the same above dose Virkon S is an unbelievable disinfectant to be sprayed in the lofts and all general disinfection and sanitation needs. Buy in the powdered form in the 10 pound container. It looks like Virkon S is only sold in 10lb containers but it is well worth it.
After treating with Virkon S please give several days of friendly gut bacteria and vitamins.
Virkon S can be given at the dose of one teaspoon to the gallon if your pigeons are experiencing Circo-virus. The product will not cure infected pigeons but it will stop the spread of the virus. In the case of Circo Virus you can remove sick pigeons and keep the remaining pigeons on Virkon S until the pigeons are no longer becoming sick. This may take a week to ten days. Like I said if the pigeons is already infected with Circo, Virkon S may or may not help. The benefit lies in stopping the virus from spreading.
I get asked all the time “can you use Virkon S during breeding season”? On June 18th I put all my breeders on Virkon S at the dose of 3/4 teaspoon to the gallon. I have babies at all stages of development and every breeder and youngster looks a super as ever. Droppings are firm and normal. We experimented with our pigeons but I do not recommend using during breeding.
You will notice that if a pigeon has a minor respiratory problem the Virkon S will turn the wattle slightly yellow. At the end of the five day treatment the wattle will be white and dry.
I have been reading how Koi Fish Breeders and keepers used Virkon S in the ponds and tanks to cure and prevent many difference virus and bacteria. They also claim it works at a very low dose and does not effect the biological filter (friendly bacteria). If fish can thrive in the presence of Virkon S, this is a very good sign.
I hope that I will be able to get some work done on the young bird loft next weekend. I really need to have aviaries and traps. Actually I needed these several weeks ago. My first round birds should be loft flying by now. I am in real danger of losing them when I first let them go now, as they will be very strong on the wing. I need to get more perches in the loft and some better ventilation. Once this is all done I can start trap training the birds and get them loft flying.
I hope you all are doing well with your birds. I wish you the best!