Pigeon Pox Vaccination
Pox rarely shows up in our neck of the woods. However, some breeders take precautions and vaccinate their young birds when only 6 weeks old, followed by a booster. This vaccination program should end at least one month prior to the start of the race season. Beware of the flyer who purposely starts their vaccination program closer to the beginning of the race season. Unaware flyer's who did not vaccinate will learn the hard way and be eliminated from the race program very quickly. Clubs and Combines should discuss and rule on all compulsory and mandatory vaccination programs during the off season. Even if these organizations are unwilling to rule on this subject, at least the uneducated flyer is aware of the risk.