Yearling A one year old pigeon.

Young Bird


A pigeon that doesn't have one year old.


It represents the abreviation of one yard per minute and it is used to give the spead of a pigeon when they are officially in a racing homer race. Flights as long as 1,800 km (1,100 mi) have been recorded by birds in competition pigeon racing.[3] Their average flying speed over moderate distances (500 miles) is around 80 km/h (50 mph),[citation needed] but speeds of up to 177 km/h (110 mph) have been observed in top racers for short distance (100 miles).[4]-


From: Dr. David E. Marx D.V.M

Young Birds Dying In the Nest Early

This breeding season I have received about 10 consultations concerning

youngsters dying at an average of 2 days of age.


There are many reasons for young to die in the nest. The obvious ones of

being trampled, chilled, etc. occur only occasionally.


Trichomonas can overwhelm a squab but this is not epidemic in most cases.

When it occurs in extraordinary numbers, it is usually symptomatic of a

septicemic (bodywide, being spread via the blood stream) infection caused by



The infection can be started before hatching, the egg being contaminated

before being laid or through bacteria penetrating the shell (this usually

when conditions are damp and fecal contamination present. Most often it

happens immediately after hatching.


A correlation which I have just figured out is the use of nest pads. Nest

pads have been the common denominator in all the cases that I have been

involved with this season.


Granted, nest pads are commonly used with good results, but for some reason

I believe that they become a good place for bacteria to increase in numbers.

These bacteria serve to infect the babies as they hatch, probably invading

through the umbilicus before it dries.


All babies are exposed to some bacteria, as they are never in very aseptic

condition at hatching. I takes an infective dose of bacteria to begin an

infection, the numbers depending on many variables.


The more bacteria that are present, the easier it is for them to infect. If

nest pads are used (either commercial varieties or homemade from

carpet,etc.), they should be disinfected and dried thoroughly before use,

and should be replaced just before the babies hatch to discourage this from



This is recommended for lofts having this problem. For those who use them

with no problems, it may be something to consider. A Clorox soulution, or

Nolvasan solution can be used to disinfect, but remember to wash away as

much organic material before soaking. Soaking time of an hour or so should

be adequate. They should be thouroughly dry and aired before reuse.


It is possible that I am making an inaccurate assumption, but I feel it is

my duty to share what I suspect to hopefully help as many fanciers prevent



In cases where no pads are used, it is still wise to change nest material

with each new clutch and just before eggs hatch. Culturing a fresh dead baby

may also help understand this syndrome.


Babies dying early on occurs occasionally but when this becomes epidemic,

nest pads should be at the top of the rule-out list.




Recently, the German have developped a very good
product to treat young birds diseases. As you know,
Chevita (German company) is working very hard to be
amoung the first company to produce the best pigeon
products in the world. This product is called:
ADENOSAN and is now sold by Jedd's in USA and you can
found it in most countries. It is a product that is
higly recommanded to give to our pigeons after a show.


By Pigeon Paradise

Young bird sickness is caused by an adenovirus typical for pigeons (type I). This virus primary causes damage to the liver and intestines. The liver and intestinal inflammation causes diarrhoea. The hepatitis causes also the vomiting and the not digesting of food. In a lot of cases other agents such as Escherichia coli (a bacteria) or hexamita (protozoön) takes advantage of the situation and causes more intestinal inflammation and diarrhoea. E. coli is normally present in the intestines of ALL pigeons. There is no such thing as getting rid of E. coli. This is the same for other bacteria like staphylococs, streptococs, etc... There is no treatment against the adenovirus although I have seen that pigeons vaccinated for paratyphus are less susceptible for the disease (and all kinds of diseases). Off course you can treat for the secondary infections (treatment for E. coli and hexamita) after clinical examination of the birds and exclusion of other possible infections. If the antibiotics do not help, it could be wise to do an antibiogram of the E. coli as there is a tremendous antibiotic resistance rate in E. coli. At the same time it is wise to give light digestible food and perhaps also a liver protection like sedochol, biochol



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