Monthly archives: January, 2017

Pigeon Radio Monday,30th January,2017


Champion WPF Melbourne Australian flyer  Michael Portelli

ANPA, Fancy and Show Pigeon National Body Secretary and show judge, Christopher Schütz

Ivan Fonti
In studio guests Tony and Angelo Barbara
Discussion about viral events of the week
Review and montage of professionals announcements on
Pigeon Radio Australia about the ROTAVIRUS
Mark White BVSc Ph.D., Sydney Australia vaccine expert from Tréidlia Biovet
Assembled panel for the discussion with Dr.White
Ivan Fonti
Tony and Angelo Barbara
Champion WPF Melbourne Australian flyer – Michael Portelli
ANPA, Fancy and Show Pigeon National Body Secretary, Christopher Schütz
GMPF – Tony McPherson

Review and montage of professionals announcements on Pigeon Radio Australia about the ROTAVIRUS


The 88.9 WYNFM Website is currently down and the problem is being looked into and will be rectified within the next couple of days. The reason the site is down is that uncannily the site was hacked into 30 minutes before the program last night. We will not be able to access the recordings for last night’s program until the website is back up and running.

Meanwhile, we had this montage of what has happened so far and what has been announced by the professionals that have so far been on the program to tell us about this terrible “ROTAVIRUS” that is affecting us all.

Please have a listen to the montage and the podcast will be up as soon as the 88.9 WYN FM website is back up and running. I apologize for this, but it is beyond my control and I just have to wait until it is rectified.

Kindest Regards
Ivan Fonti
Pigeon Radio Australia
WYN FM – 88.9FM
Melbourne Australia
Executive Producer


UNFAIR W.A. blame! Hidden truthful facts will be exposed!

In this current viral situation, I have found some pigeon fanciers to be cruel people with no feelings. It’s as if they have come from another planet or something. The whole behavioral exhibition from certain fanciers on the internet has just been unacceptable, to say the least, while we have been going through this terrible viral saga. The treatments and advice given to W.A. were at the time in the best interests of the pigeons and the pigeon fancy, no one really knew what we were dealing with and the, best decisions were made in the interests of the welfare of the birds , which at the end of the day was proven to work and finally when the real diagnosis was made it was found that the treatments were the correct treatments to be prescribed for “ROTA-VIRUS” In my opinion, no one is to blame. W.A. did not ask for the virus or even want it. W.A. fanciers were devastated and were going through some terrible stuff and very tough and stressful times. Now some people want to cover their arses. mistakes were made on all sides of the fence. We are human, humans make mistakes. These so called updates that we are being fed are not quite 100% true. There are a lot more facts to this saga and because some people choose to only give us 50% of the whole truth. I will expose the other 50%. I will not permit these ridiculous allegations towards pigeon fanciers, as pigeon fanciers anywhere in this country, from no matter what state or town or city, did not choose they wanted a virus to come and infect their birds. I have had death threats and innuendo thrown at me in an unbelievable manner. I nearly cracked under the pressure, but I am still holding on and I WILL hold on and expose all the truth. I am going to keep the bastards honest if its the last thing I ever do. These statements we are being fed are like a bone is being thrown to a few hundred mad dogs and is accomplishing what I feel is setting out to do. This whole situation is unacceptable.Stand by and stay tuned as the truth will prevail as it always does in the end.

Ivan Fonti

Executive producer

Pigeon Radio Australia

Australian National Racing Pigeon Board – ANRPB – Press Release – 5pm – 25 January 2017

Press Release – 5pm – 25 January 2017

To: The Management Committees of All Australian Racing Pigeon Federations, Combine
Entities, One-Loft Races and Fancy Pigeon Associations.
Re: Update 3: Highly infectious, emerging pigeon disease: Rota-virus outbreak in Australia.
Further to the ANRPB press release of 6 January 2017, the following update applies:
1. Diagnostic testing has just concluded with the virus being determined as a Rotavirus.
This rota-virus in pigeons is new and there is no immunity vaccine available at
this time. A rota-virus vaccine exists for cattle and in the short-term this will be
explored to determine suitability for pigeons – for more information on this please
refer on-line to:
2. Funding for trials and testing. As alerted in ANRPB press release 4 January 2017 we
are setting up a ANRPB Inc. Disease Management Fund. Given the urgent need to
build a financial “war chest” to co-fund possible vaccine trials and testing, the
ANRPB is asking all Australian Racing Pigeon Federations, Racing Combines and
Fancy Pigeon bodies to donate an amount of $20 to $25 per member as a first
tranche of fund raising. A number of Racing Pigeon bodies have already come
forward and pledged funds in-line with this request; to these bodies we appreciate
their speedy response on this crucial fund raising initiative for our sport and hobby.
a. Please make funds payable to: ANRPB Inc.
b. For EFT: Bank Account details: BSB: 032 173, Account No: 600027, please
clearly note name of donor
c. Cheques can be posted to:
ANRPB Inc. Hon Treasurer,
Mr. Grant Paterson,
1/25 Halloran Drive,
Jerrabomberra, NSW, 2619
d. Email receipts will be sent, marked ANRPB Inc. Disease Management Fund
e. We are hoping to have first tranche of funds in by 28 February 2017; a
reminder will be sent out around 13 February 2017
f. Individuals and those fanciers not aligned with a Federation at this time, are
also welcome to contribute – payment by EFT as above or Cheque.
g. All contributors will be publicly thanked and acknowledged on the ANRPB
Inc. website:
3. The following Biosecurity measures remain in place for all pigeon flyers / fanciers
and must be adhered to until further notice:
a. Do not introduce new pigeons into your yard; which includes movement
from Inter-state
b. Do not allow your pigeons to mix with other pigeons
c. Avoid visiting other pigeon lofts
4. The ANRPB will be seeking the strongest disciplinary measures possible by
Federation entities to ensure pigeon membership do not actively put their flocks or
other member’s flocks at risk. Please abide by the above Bio-security measures.
5. 2017 Racing – over the coming weeks the ANBRPB will be consulting with
Federations and leading Avian Vet’s. In the mean-time please abide by strict biosecurity
measures and keep your birds healthy.
6. Diagnosis – any flyers or fanciers who see any first signs of this rota-virus (birds
vomiting, green bile droppings), contact your Avian vet for immediate diagnosis.
Simultaneously it is also suggested to treat all birds with Sulprim (“AVS Sulphur”) or
another brand of trimethoprim/ sulphadiazine. It is suggested this may minimise
mortality rate to ~10%.
Yours sincerely
For and on behalf of the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board Incorporated.
Stephen Eggleton
Chair – ANRPB Inc.

Pigeon Radio Monday,23rd January,2017


Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Tony and Angelo Barbara
The Australian Viral Saga continues. The mystery virus
has now been positively diagnosed by Dr.Rob Marshall and Dr. Mark White
Avian vets in Sydney Australia. This diagnosis was made after 12 lofts in Sydney became infected.
There is also an avian pathologist in the Netherlands, who is a worldwide expert on pigeon viruses, also showing an interest and working on this together with the Sydney Australian Vets.
Announcement from Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health)
positive virus diagnosis, ROTAVIRUS. with assembled panel…

PRF – W.A. George Azar – President P.R.F.W.A.
Tony McPherson – GMPF
Gary Rainer – Flyer in Kyabram
Charlie Grech – VRPU – Wallan club

Pigeon Radio Monday,16th January,2017


Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Tony and Angelo Barbara
Australian National Racing Pigeon Board – Grant Patterson
Australian National Pigeon Association – Fancy Pigeons – Christopher Schütz
Panel discussion on the internet attacks concerning last week’s program and the PMV1 Vaccine dosage discussion
Panel members include…
Peter Matic
Tony McPherson
Kenny McCall
Christopher Schütz
Tony Barbara
Angelo Barbara
Ivan Fonti

Support for Pigeon Radio Australia, outweighs the negative troll, internet bullies


When we read stuff and receive messages like this. Thanks to all our supporters. Thanks Mario for this uplifting message. One of the many positive messages we receive daily, via email or phone…

Support for Pigeon Radio Australia, outweighs the negative troll, internet bullies…

From: Mario Magrin [mario.magrin@xxxxx] To: Ivan Fonti
Message: Dear lvan,lm getting back to the sport of Pigeon Racing, after 18 years. It’s a big passion of mine, and only gave it up to save my marriage? It didn’t, but now I’m remarried and starting again.
Mate, what your doing with the pigeon radio is probably the biggest media coverage there’s ever been! So don’t ever doubt or question yourself.
Ivan, when I was a boy of nine years old, racing pigeons with my father, I found out what jealousy and  stirring was all about. He said we will try even harder to win! So when we, did the more prizes we won, and the more they shut up!
So mate,keep going! I know its hard at times, but you are an ambassador to Racing Pigeon Sport! Block out the negative people. You have brought the pigeon community together, with good and bad comments via the public. You interact well with everyone and keep people informed.
I, as a pigeon flyer, can’t thank you enough for this supportive media broadcasting. You do have a lot of support mate. If you need to phone for a chat at anytime don’t hesitate
Mario Magrin.
Sent from my iPhone

Pigeon Radio Australia wishes to thank VIMEO online internet video for respecting the recent breach of copyright

This is now what is seen when trying to access the said video

Pigeon Radio Australia, would like to thank the VIMEO ( online internet video posting service, for respecting the recent breach of copyright.

A video was being circulated with personal trolling attacks with edits of the last Pigeon Radio Australia program.

Pigeon Radio Australia, tried to converse with the offenders, but to no avail and then proceeded to use its copyright rights as the legal copyright owner of the material. Wehn the offenders were sent messages to remove the said contents, we were rudely sworn at and told to go away in indecent 4 letter language. We were also told by the offenders that our copyright ownership will not stand up and they refuse to remove the said video, which was in breach of copyright. 

Pigeon Radio Australia then consulted with its legal team, who suggested that the first step we take was to contact the online video website VIMEO with a breach of the copyright complaint. (refer to the photos on this post)

Pigeon Radio Australia, is extremely impressed and appreciative of VIMEO for taking down the breach of copyright video and respecting Pigeon Radio Australia’s copyright ownership of the material.

Nice to see internet video and audio online posting websites doing the right thing and respecting copyright ownerships. 

Thank you VIMEO

Ivan Fonti
Pigeon Radio Australia
WYN FM – 88.9FM
Melbourne Australia
Executive Producer

Pigeon Radio Monday,9th January,2017


Ivan Fonti
In Studio Guests Angelo and Tony Barbara
George Azar – PRF – Western Australia
Tony McPherson – GMPF
Michael Spadoni – President Melbourne Pigeon Society – Representative Victoria ANPA
Gary Beavis – Secretary Kyabram Homing Pigeon Club
TOGETHER WITH, Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health)



January 5, 2017


Jerry Gagne, owner of Foy’s Pigeon Supply – Canada


The title of this article is a bit misleading, yes thousands of birds have died, that is a fact, but as to WHY?, I do not know. I am writing this at the end of December, so hopefully by this article gets to you, the answer is in hand, but don’t bet on it. This mystery disease has been hitting pigeons in North America for a number of months, and is still going strong. The reports from the hundreds of pigeon fanciers, that I have received, have no general symptoms, one day they either look fine, or a little fluffed up, and the next day they are dead. There is a lot of rumors, speculation, guesses from fanciers and answers from vets and so on. I have been working with leading institutions for the last few months, and no institution has solved the problem, at least that I know of. Some of the suggestion as to what it is are all over the board. Wild birds somehow infecting the pigeons, it’s PMV, its paratyphoid, a brand new disease, a new strain of PMV, a new strain of Paratyphoid or a new strain of Adenovirus. Some have reported that it is only killing hens, it is only killing young birds, it happened when I came home from a show, could it be caused by a dirty loft, the droppings are very loose, the droppings are green the dropping are brown. Well I guess that this point, there is no commonality , the symptoms are all over the place.

What to do?, what to do? that is the question, and the answer is that I do not know. Pigeons that have never been shown are getting it, pigeons that have had no new birds are getting it, pigeons returning to a show are getting it, pigeon that were in a race or pigeons that have never been flown are getting it. I clean the loft every day, why did I get it? It This disease, in my humble opinion, is a virus, but It that could be wrong. I had it a couple of months ago but now it has run its course and everything is back to normal. As the owner of Foy’s [and former President of the National Pigeon Association]. I have just about every medication, and believe me I tried a bung, and so have others, but never worked. I have talked to many people and on at least three occasions, the pigeons were opened up and they were full of round worms! I worm my birds, what heck happened? Many fanciers have vaccinated their pigeons, but that did not stop it.

I can offer a few suggestions, but they are not cures, in my mind, it must run its course, like any virus. Heck a common cold is a virus, and after spending billions of dollars trying to find something that will cure it, they still have not been able to come up with a cure, the only this science can offer is different medications to treat the symptoms. The meds treat the head aches, stuff noses, fevers, coughs and chills can be addressed but the actual virus must run its course.

WHAT TO DO! Here is what I suggest. Always use the same drinkers in each section. All of my drinkers are numbered so that I do not accidentally mix them up. Keep your loft clean. Keep the pigeons in semi darkness, if possible and reduce stress such as showing racing until your birds are normal. Vaccinate all your birds with a PMV shot, this will drastically increases the immune system, and it may prevent some birds from getting this horrible disease. Clean your whole loft, including the aviary with common bleach, 1 cup to a gallon. Better yet, use Oxine which is much better. Don’t forget to clean the feeders and drinker. Clean all the perches with Oxine or bleach and also spray all the cracks and crevices, including the floor. There is a brand new product on the market that I know will help as a preventative, and I would use it every day or at least three times a week. The product, Dr. Pigeons Health Show Water, fights the viruses and is not an antibiotic so you can uses it as often as you like, but in all cases, change the water every day. Healthy Show Water. If you are going to put your birds in a show or a race, use it 2-3 days before you basket them to take them to the event, during the show and after the show or race. I may be missed with vitamins and probiotics, in fact, I suggest you do combine it with something lick UltraPro or another product that combines vitamins and probiotics. You may also want to include electrolytes that will make the droppings more normal.

As I wrote this article, I got a call from a friend and is also an avian vet. We had a long conversation about the problem and he wanted me to add a few suggestion. Worm all of your pigeons with a product that treats roundworms, clean the loft the next day after treating. The drugs are not meant to kill roundworms, but to paralyze them so that they release in the pigeons. They are then passed out in the birds droppings. If you do not clean the floor after the medication, your birds may pick them up again.

Jerry Gagne – Foy’s Pigeon Supply 


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