Generalized disease in pigeons around the world. Mainlyaffects to young animals.
Parasites are found in the pigeons intestine and are expelled by droppings. Eggs that hatch in the outside (humidity and heat accelerate their development) and are eaten by other pigeons in the dovecote. Pass through the trachea, esophagus, stomach to the intestine.
Worms can be easily seen by droppings and vomits.
Sick pigeons droppings have different consistence. 10-12 days after the ingestion of the infective eggs or an intermediate host with food or drinking water. At first the appetite increases, but decreases with the progressive presence of the worms, so the pigeons loose weight.
In case of a extreme invasion there are changes in behavior, depression, apathy and ruffled and spoiled feathers.
Prevention: deworm often, especially at birth. make periodic analyzes of droppings. Treatment: Levamisol, Tetramisol, piperazina, Albendazol or Palomisol.