Illness of the upper respiratory tract.
- picking of feathers
- dirty noses
- scratching head
- blue flesh
- red throat
- swollen heads
- one eye cold
- wet eyes
- inflamed third eyelid (expecially in young pigeons)
Once both old and young birds have started their training and racing program they are likely to develop an ornithosis problem, showing symptoms of swollen or puffed feathers around the ears, dry plumage, blue flesh and a holt on the moult. 60% of young birds will develop ornithosis problems resulting in an increase of losses. The pigeons will get home very tired after racing, when showing these symptoms pigeons must be directly treated with a combination of prescribed treatments and should be kept home in more severe cases for at least 1 week to avoid even bigger losses.
Combination possibilities in case of more severe ornithosis: