The removal of infected birds is recommended for combating
trichomoniasis in poultry and captive pigeons and in
captive collections of wild birds. The focus in both instances
is on birds that harbor virulent strains of the parasite. Elimination
of infection from adult birds by drug treatment has
also been recommended, but this is not a practical approach
for wild birds. Prevention of the build-up of large concentrations
of doves at birdfeeders and artificial watering areas is
recommended to minimize disease transmission in the wild.
Stock tanks, livestock feedlots, grain storage facilities and
clusters of urban birdfeeders should be targeted for disease
prevention activities. Although the environmental persistence
for T. gallinae is rather limited, contaminated feed is suspected
as a significant source of disease transmission. Therefore,
fresh feed should be placed in feeders daily, if it is practical.
Platforms and other surfaces where feed may collect,
including the area under feeders, should be frequently decontaminated
with 10 percent solution of household bleach
in water, preferably just prior to placing clean feed in the
Steps you can take to help control the outbreak of Trichomoniasis
If you feed Band-tailed Pigeons you can be part of the solution to arrest the disease Trichomoniasis:
- Remove any water source the pigeons use.
- Only fresh feed should be placed in feeders each day.
- Platforms and other surfaces where feed collects, including under feeders, should be frequently decontaminated with 10 percent solution of household bleach in water or with bird-safe products, preferably just prior to placing clean feed in your feeder.
- And clean all other seed feeders in your yard.
Call the store with questions: 1-408-358-9453.
Additional information on avian trichomoniasis can be found in this excerpt from the USGS Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases.
Handy Tips for Birders
Ever wonder how to keep pesky squirrels from stealing bird seed? How about what types of plants attract specific birds? Los Gatos Birdwatcher is here to help! Below are several “Tips Flyers” we have created which are chocked full of useful information to address these topics and more. You are also welcome to call or drop by our store to speak with our knowledgeable staff.