A few newsletters ago, I talked about the viruses that struck the pigeon harder than they used to. I discussed shortly these viruses, whereby I emphasized the practical consequences. With these newsletters arose a lot of questions about these various viruses. So in the near future I will give more information on these different viruses and discuss them a bit more meticulously.


Youngsters (3) - Preventive approach

Last week I discussed the problem that year after year Circovirus increasingly begins to form. This due to the range of diseases in the slipstream of this virus that cause problems during periods of stress. And stress is seen of course as soon as we start the training race.
There are more and more fanciers who report large losses at home. But also youngsters who do not want to fly and as sit on the roof picking the feathers.
In recent years, however, the fanciers are increasingly reporting disappointing results of treatments.
Research makes it so clear that a variety of diseases can be demonstrated. Ranging from streptococci, staphylococci, Candida, adenovirus, paramyxovirus and herpesvirus.
Since about 2005 we saw increasing problems with the herpesvirus what made us decide to go and see if the use of a vaccine against this virus can contribute to solving some of the problems.
We have an increasing number of pigeons vaccinated twice against the disease. It should be noted that very often a revival of the youngsters after the vaccination is mentioned . They are eager, eating better and have more punch.
An explanation is not immediately available. That will require further investigation. It is a combination of vaccination, with Herpes and Paramyxo which must be administered twice ,a few weeks apart.
The double vaccination against paramyxovirus is an additional advantage because it is striking that more and more pigeons are presented with a detectable presence of the paramyxovirus. This is the case with the yearlings and the once vaccinated youngsters.
We are headed toward a situation that sometimes it might be wise to be vaccinated twice against paramyxovirose, based on practical experience.
The fanciers who report that it is not good at all to be vaccinated I have to disappoint. Dr. Duchatel recently reported a study of the effects of a vaccine against paratyphoid in pigeons in wich the Circo virus was present. It was obvious that this vaccination will not harm the progress of the Circo virus infection. There was even a positive effect of inoculation determined. In short vaccination poses no problems for the pigeons. This is not to say about the excessive courses of antibiotics,disturbing the development of the intestinal flora and the immune response in the intestinal wall is obvious.