Turning point in healthcare… (Antibiotics)
The last major European fairs, especially for pigeon racing in Kassel and Dortmund, marked a turning point. The government and the inspection services of the Ministries of Health and Agriculture specifically focused on the illegal sale of medicines in pigeon food distribution, in particular the misuse of antibiotics. It was no surprise that numerous offenders were discovered among the exhibitors. Unfortunately, this problem also exists in birdwatching. For decades we have bred generations using antibiotics, which has led to varieties that can no longer survive without antibiotics. The resistance of birds to infectious diseases is significantly reduced. The word ‘disease’ doesn’t really fit into the world of sports.
Vaccinations and medical checks at the vet of the manure and crop mucus, and possibly checking the blood, are absolutely necessary. In fact, these checks should be used to determine which specimens should be better removed from the bloodline. I dare say that birds that cannot breed without antibiotics should simply be replaced. I really advocate using as little antibiotics as possible and preferably no antibiotics at all. For me, Comedgamma is a revelation. I was intrigued by the system of a certain Willem De Bruijn, who apparently managed to race pigeons without antibiotics with Comed. You can of course doubt the “so-called system” of a super champion… if it weren’t for the fact that Willem is a special man. This noble Dutchman is the “eminence grise” of the Low Countries in pigeon racing; he is an academic, dentist, married to a doctor. The intellectual integrity that exists among all scientists when faced with a scientific problem was encouraging. They see, more than anyone else, that the “antibiotic-based system” has no future. However, antibiotic mixes (three-in-one, four-in-one…) are still very popular, but are actually equivalent to medical prostitution. Worse still, mixing different antibiotics causes more and more persistent fungal infections in the digestive system. Combating this requires a difficult treatment that completely pushes the carefree nature of the hobby into the background.