My aim in this section is to provide an understanding of some of the common health problems. I will cover each bird in a separate paragraph. Please not that im not a vet and the information that I provide should only be used as a guild and a vet should always be contacted.
Prevention is the main aim; you are unlikely to have any health problems with doves as long as they are housed correctly in dry clean conditions.
If you are buying new birds its some times best to keep them away from your own birds for a short time this gives you the chance to see if they are all well.
All doves and pigeons will have lice, fleas or red might, If your bird looks a little of colour than his is one of the first things you should look for. Lice live on the bird and do very little harm. fleas and red might can live on and off the bird and feed on the blood these can cause more harm as if the bird has large numbers of them if can led to death. Parasites are introduced by wild birds so cannot be avoided. The best way to deal with them is a regular spray of Johnsonís anti mite will do the job. As well as the birds the nest box should also be sprayed.
Once again these are spread by wild birds and introduced stock and included Round, tape and hair worm. As there are no signs of a worm infestation until its to late try to worm regular using panacur, piperazine, avicas and harkers. Garlic can also be used and iv used if for many years and seems to work. Boil a few cloves of crushed Garlic in a pan and them allow it to cool the can then be put into the birds drinker for them. It should be removed after a day as if soon goes of. i give my birds this once a week.
This one of the most common problems to face all doves and pigeons and is brought on by stress and poor conditions. It is said that over 80% of all birds carry it. The problem with canker is that most of the time youíre unable to tell until itís to late. The first sign in an adult bird is feathers ruffled and looking life less on closer in section you will see a cheese looking mass on the inside if the mouth next to the join. This will grow so large that the bird will not be able to feed and if untreated will soon die. The bird should be removed straight away, as it will soon spread to the rest of the group.
All my birds are treated ever 6 months with Metronidozale tablets. These are given to the birds direct and ensures that they all get treated. 1/2 tablet per adult bird 1/4 for birds being weaned. these tablets can only be obtained in 100s but if you require them please contact me as im willing to sell them in 10s.
This is commonly called coxy and mainly appears in damp weather or when the aviary litter has been left to become wet as with canker coxy is very much stress related. The symptoms include diahorrea and birds looking cold and mopey. Most of the treatments that are used are added to the birds drinking water there are several brands Hakers vanhee and Norvet. Touch wood I have never has this problem with any of my birds but as I understand it is quite easy to treat.
This is all I intend to say about doves as these are the main illness that you are going to encounter IF YOU ARE UNSURE PLEASE SPEAK TO A VET AS IM NOT ONE