newsletter June 2011-1

Hidden (?) defects (4) - Youngsters

In recent weeks many emails reached me in response to the newsletters of May. Intended as food for thought it provoked multiple responses. Also recognizing their own problems. Of course there were fanciers that reported that they never had to do with the described complaints. Everything is possible. It's not all black and white.
I was absent the last few days. When I opened my mailbox today I noticed the large number of complaints about problems with the youngsters. Thus, there have been reports of vestibular dysfunction in young, yellow herds in the mouth, yellowish or greenish liquid manure, vomit, etc.
Most of the emails were accompanied by the question whether there is a good medicine to cure them.Of course I understand the problems.And Yes we should treat them.
But simultaneously we should be thinking about taking measures to prevent occurring in the future.
Considering everything we have described various problems in our newsletters of June.




If we during the grafting of the youngsters talk about the youngsters there are many (older) fanciers who lament that today's diseases didn't exist earlier.Why do they ow exist is often the question, often their reply is ventilated with conviction.
Earlier. I am a veterinarian for almost 30 years . In the eighties pigeons medicine seemed a lot simpler than today. There were illnesses. But if we had looked at the yellow, and Hexamitiasis, ornithosis and manure. We examined for coccidiosis or worms and then we're already far advanced. We sometimes saw the membrane (herpesvirus) but that was something we didn't worry about. The Paramyxo outbreaks of the 70 had been brought under control by vaccination. With rather short and simple medical examinations much misery could be eliminated.

Late in the eighties moss pecking started. Initially solvable with a simple cure.But later there were needed heavy cures.. Even such drastic means that I began to wonder whether the product was sometimes more worse than the disease.
That's the time I started thinking about a more natural approach to the pigeons.Why was that necessary? Indeed, there were still means which could cure the disease.
Fortunately, there were a number of amateurs who shared my opinion that heavier drugs could be a disaster.
In essence, the support of these fanciers gave me the tenacity to continue.

The philosophy was then to keep the resistance of the birds as high as possible.Now it is proven. So we can help prevent the diseases.
The problems of moss pecking were getting bigger. Now it was shown that a combination of E.coli and Adenovirus had a part in this phenomenon . That does not mean that this condition no longer exists. But now it is mixed with other diseases making it not as simple to speak of Adenocoli . Many fanciers cling to the notion that this disease is still the only concern and they repeat antibiotics after antibiotics. Often with little or no result.
The disease has become more complicated as in some cases. Therefore it is better to speak of youngsters Syndrome.
Now I know that scientists abhor syndromes of the disease and prefer to mention the cause. However, I believe that the additional infections are most causing problems.
Late last century the Circovirus in pigeons was first established and it is probable that this virus has had an important mark in the development of the youngsters Syndrome.