Vaccinating pigeons

Vaccinating pigeons is a crucial part of bird care. As experienced pigeon fanciers, we know that taking this preventative measure is essential to protect our pigeons from diseases. In this article, we will discuss the key aspects of vaccinating pigeons, including the proper vaccination schedule, the different vaccination methods, and some important considerations to keep in mind.

Vaccination Schedule

It is important to be aware of the proper vaccination schedule for pigeons. Generally, young pigeons are vaccinated from 6 weeks old. There are several vaccines available for different diseases, including paramyxovirus, pox, paratyphoid, and Adeno-Coli syndrome. It is important to follow the vaccination schedule closely and ensure that the pigeons are vaccinated on time.

A good vaccination schedule is crucial for a healthy and strong pigeon population. It is important to know which vaccines are needed and when they should be administered. The vaccination schedule provides the pigeon fancier with guidance to vaccinate the pigeons at the right time.

The vaccination schedule starts with young pigeons. From six weeks old, the pigeons can be vaccinated against paramyxovirus-rotavirus, also known as ‘pseudo bird flu.’ This disease can occur at a young age. The vaccine against paramyxovirus-rotavirus is administered in the pigeon’s neck and offers protection for one year.

After the first vaccination against paramyxovirus-rotavirus at five to six weeks old, there is usually another vaccination against paramyxovirus-rotavirus. These vaccinations are administered at the age of 8 weeks. In addition, there is another vaccination against pox. This usually happens when the pigeons are four to five months old.

In addition to the annual vaccinations against paramyxovirus-rotavirus, there are a few other vaccinations that are administered periodically. For example, there is the vaccination against paratyphoid virus, which must be given once a year. First, “parastop” is administered for ten days. This is first administered through drinking, and on the twelfth day, an injection follows. Vaccination can also be given against the adenovirus, also known as ‘young pigeon disease.’ This usually happens in the months of April and May.

Vaccination Methods

There are different methods for vaccinating pigeons, including the injection method and the feather follicle method. With the injection method, the vaccine is injected directly into the pigeon’s muscle. The feather follicle method involves applying the vaccine to the bird’s skin, usually on the neck or wing. The vaccine is then absorbed into the feathers’ follicles and taken up by the pigeon in that way.

Importance of Vaccination

Vaccinating pigeons is essential to protect them from diseases. Diseases such as paramyxovirus, pox, and paratyphoid can make pigeons seriously ill and even be fatal. It is important to protect the pigeons from these diseases to ensure that they remain healthy and can perform optimally.

Considerations for Vaccination

When vaccinating pigeons, there are some considerations to keep in mind. For example, it is important to vaccinate the pigeons before the racing season begins so that they are optimally protected during the flying season. Additionally, it is important not to vaccinate the pigeons during the molting period, as the birds’ immune systems are weakened, and they may not be able to build up sufficient resistance to the disease.


Vaccinating pigeons is an important preventative measure that must be taken to protect the birds from diseases. It is crucial to follow the proper vaccination schedule and vaccinate the pigeons on time. By doing so, we can ensure that our pigeons remain healthy and perform at their best.

Vaccinations are important for the health of pigeons, but it is also important for the pigeon fancier to realize that the vaccine does not guarantee complete protection against disease. It is therefore important to always stay alert and keep a close eye on the pigeons at the first signs of illness and intervene quickly if necessary.

Finally, it is advisable to vaccinate pigeons under the right conditions and according to the proper guidelines. It is important to pay close attention to the expiration date of the vaccine and to sterilize the injections properly. By vaccinating properly and keeping a close eye on the pigeons, the pigeon fancier can ensure a healthy and strong pigeon population.

Please note that the information on this website is intended as advice only. The described methods are based on our own experiences and may not be suitable for all situations. For professional advice, always consult a licensed veterinarian.

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