Cause:Candidiasis is caused by a yeast called Candida albicans

Symptoms:Candidiasis was seen in the past only as an opportunistic infection after heavy treatment weith antibiotics or when pigeons had a serious immune deficiency. Lately the organism has become more virulent and can cause primary infections without any predisposing factors other than stress being prevalent. Although it will seldom cause the typical inflammation with frothy slime accumalation in the back of the throat pigeons will often be seen trying to swallow their food with the necks outstretched. It causes a mild to severe inflammation of the crop lining. This will result in slower emptying of the crop with food often still found in the crop in the morning. Sub-clinical infections will cause no visible signs other than mild appetite loss a noticeable loss in racing performance. 

Diagnosis:A crops smear is stained with a special stain and examined under the microscope. Large numbers of typical blue budding oblong Candida organisms are seen in profusion.

Treatment:Once pigeons have contracted the virulent form of the disease they have to be treated with a specific antimicrobial called Nystatin. Because Nystatin is not water soluble it has to be given over the food. This antimicrobial has no side effect and is only effective against yeasts.

Prevention:Candidiasis (even the virulent form) can be very effectively prevented with the regular supplementation of Probiotics combined with apple cider vinegar. The addition of grape fruit seed extract enhances the effect of the above

1-AVIO gel

Inhibit Candida, bad bacteria and acts as a potent antioxidan


Avio – gel is a unique powder that is used to ensure maximum attachment of any powder or liquids to pigeon food. This is amazing powder turns into a highly digestible gel when mixed with water. The gel attaches well to grain and dries to form a permanent film around the grain and thereby ensures that none of the added products are lost. It is fortified with Grape fruit seed and apple cider vinegar extracts to inhibit Candida, bad bacteria and acts as a potent antioxidant.

Recommended use:

Determine the amount of supplement or medication that is needed to add to 2kg of pigeon food. Add this to 5 grams of Avio – gel powder. Mix well and then add 250ml of water. Mix well until an even paste is formed. Mix the Avio – gel paste to 2kg of pigeon food and leave the food for 30 minutes. Then feed to pigeons.


Digestible pigeon food gel powder
Apple Cider Vinegar extract
Grape fruit seed extract