There are pathogens in pigeons that we should not trivialize on one hand, but which we should not overestimate the importance of it either. Fungi and yeasts are examples of this.
I read an article, a while back, written by an microbiologist who argued that all life on earth would be far eradicated, but the fungi and yeasts would still be there. They are essentially the salvage workers of nature. They are ubiquitous and trying to be everywhere they can be. A large number of yeasts and fungi plays a role in the food industry, but also in medicine, for example, think about the penicillin-producing fungi of the genus Ascomycetes. Fungi as Champions, Maitake, etc. are also counted among the fungi. The fungi fact constitute only a small part of the fungus.
In the Pigeonsport there are a number of bacterial infections an important role. These infections can give proper clinical signs that can affect many pigeons. Most textbooks are full of these infections. Less attention is given to those infections where the clinical signs are usually not that bad, but it can greatly affect the condition and performance of the pigeons negatively during the racing season. But precisely because they usually give little phenomena is often downplayed its importance. Not entirely justified, especially if we consider that the unrestrained use of antibiotics in these infections often seems to be counterproductive. Reason enough to discuss any of these infections here: the Staphylococcus.
The Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can be observed in crippled pigeons by a thick sub-base, or can’t fly as a result of an inflammation in a joint. The lovers will then usually equivalent of an infection with Salmonella bacteria but that is not always correct. This inflammation of the joints can be very persistent and need to be treated with a targeted antibiotic. Preferable after performing a sensitivity test. This bacterium is sometimes difficult to kill off under practical conditions.
The habit of many enthusiasts is that they only want to give antibiotics for only a few days doesn’t usually work in these cases. To solve these kind of problems an antibacterial therapy should be used. But then sufficiently long. The Staphylococcus is a bacterium that loves to rise to the formation of pus. This also contributes to the persistence of the infection.