Monthly archives: April, 2017

Pigeon Radio Monday,24th April,2017

Ivan Fonti
In studio guests Angelo and Tony Barbara
International correspondent – Peter Matic
Irish Young bird, sprint champion Sean Hunt

VRPU – Rod Simmons
GMPF – Tony McPherson
Anzac Day tribute, Neil Beer, who has recently
found his Grandfather’s war diary from WW1,
Private Fred Beer, who served in the Pigeon corps. Who featured in the Herald Sun Melbourne, in an article by Patrick Carlyon, World War I carrier pigeons probably saved Private Fred Beer’s life – CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE


Pigeon Radio Monday,17th April,2017

Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Tony and Angelo Barbara
President of the Federation of Racing Pigeon clubs in MALTA
and a member of the F.C.I. – Federation Colombophile Internationale –
Charles Scerri
VRPU – Rod Simmons

Peter Matic: The body reaction of using PPMV1 Newcavac/Poulvac oil based vaccines .

Peter Matic
The body reaction of using  PPMV Newcavac/Poulvac oil-based vaccines .
Dr. Henk de Weerd spoke about it last Monday on Pigeon Radio Australia.
I did an operation today on 3 of my stock birds.
This is what I removed from them!!
I hope in years to come we get the water based vaccine in Australia
until then we have to use the oil based one to protect our birds.

Pigeon Radio Monday,10th April,2017


Ivan Fonti
In Studio Guests – Tony and Angelo Barbara
Pigeon Radio Australia Vet – Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health)
Pigeon Radio Australia International Correspondent – Peter Matic
The Worlds Best Racing Pigeon Veterinary Surgeon – DR.HENK DE WEERD. MRCVS
Dr. H J M de Weerd MRCVS. Veterinary surgeon for racing pigeons. UK and Belgica Clinic.
GMPF – Tony McPherson
VRPU – Rod Simmons

Dr. Rob Marshall’s New Book – “THE ORANGE PIGEON BOOK” – Giveaway’s

Pigeon Radio Australia’s, official vet and renowned Sydney Australian Avian vet, Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health), has released a NEW book on Pigeon Health.

It’s called the “THE ORANGE PIGEON BOOK” In the introduction of the new book, it explains that “THE ORANGE PIGEON BOOK” is a revision of the Pigeon Health Calendar (2012).  It responds to the need for strengthened immunity, which has been weakened after the introduction of PMV ( Paramyxovirus) several years ago.

It goes o to explain the effects of the current PMV vaccine we are using is affecting the birds and not pigeon friendly and has altered the development of natural immunity in young birds in some unknown way.

Dr.Rob Marshall further writes that as a result, it has become far more difficult to keep PMV vaccinated young birds healthy, especially when they come under pressure and higher stress levels.

This book will help you with the implementation of workable health strategies to strengthen your birds’ immunity.

Pigeon Radio Australia is thankful to Dr. Rob, for sending us 100 copies of his NEW book, “THE ORANGE PIGEON BOOK” to give away to FAITHFUL, and supportive listeners of our program.

We will be giving away the books randomly if someone calls in and joins in on a discussion or interview we are conducting on Pigeon Radio Australia.

We will also be randomly giving some copies away via our Pigeon Radio Australia facebook page and our Racing Pigeons Australia Facebook group. When we are online, to people who make great comments on facebook and who are valued supporters of Pigeon Radio Australia.


The book is presented in a glossy format with full-colour health charts and programs and full-color photos and illustrations. 

Pigeon Radio Australia has had a brief read of the book and was extremely impressed with the information provided in the book and the way it is professionally presented. It will be liked and talked about by Racing Pigeon fanciers worldwide.

This book is a must for every Racing Pigeon Fancier!

Pigeon Radio Monday,3rd April,2017

George and Linda Azar, holding their triple federation winners.

Ivan Fonti
In studio guests, Tony and Angelo Barbara
VRPU – Rod Simmons
GMPF – Tony McPherson
Nick Kaparos Racing Pigeon fancier from Sydney Australia,
researching the current “ROTAVIRUS” effects and how birds
are infected and where the disease is coming from.
President of the Pigeon Federation of Western Australia – PRF – W.A.  –
George Azar, setting the record straight, 
to clear up all the rumors and untruth’s about the
“ROTAVIRUS” in Perth Western Australia
Australian Racing Pigeon Journal Update – Editor, Jeff Howell

Important Announcement from George Azar, President Pigeon Racing Federation of WA (Inc.)

Important Announcement from George Azar, President Pigeon Racing Federation of WA (Inc.)

Hi Guys,
I wish to address the matter of the recurrence of the Rotavirus in a loft here in Perth.
Contrary to some rumors which have been circulating amongst the fraternity there is only ONE case which has been diagnosed and confirmed to be the Rotavirus which afflicted our birds in May of last year.

The DPI also found pseudo inclusion bodies in their testing so we have asked the Department to run a Herpesvirus PCR and we are currently awaiting the results of this test as it may be an underlying factor.

I am constantly fielding phone calls and having to reassure members who are panicked at the prospect of the Rotavirus returning to their lofts. I am also having to spend many hours unnecessarily on the phone to the Eastern States Explaining to them that we do not have an outbreak of the Rotavirus here in the West – we have in fact got ONE case. And quite frankly I am fed up with all these unnecessary speculations and rumors.

Our focus should be on remaining vigilant in the care and training of our birds (ensuring that they are not under undue stress or being tossed when in heavy moult) rather than gossiping and spreading all these rumors and heresy that have been floating around the Fed.

So, in future, the only information that you hear that you can guarantee to be true and correct will be any emails or reports which come from me – the President of the Federation. All other information cannot be confirmed and should not be believed.

If you notice any unusual health issues in your loft or have any unwell birds and suspect that you may have the virus, I urge you all to please contact me as soon as possible. In doing so we can remain on the front foot should the virus return to your loft and so that I can direct you to the DPI who will give you the best information possible at no cost to you. We don’t want to be in the same position as we were last year when we were unaware of the virus being present in some lofts at the start of the season.

Yours in the Sport,
George Azar
Pigeon Racing Federation of WA (Inc.)


Advice from

Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health)

to the Pigeon Racing Federation of WA (Inc.)

From: Dr Rob Marshall
Sent: Saturday, 1 April 2017 9:51 AM
To: ‘George Azar’
Subject: Virus Recommendations


Dear George and members of the WA Federation,


The recent analysis of pigeons showing similar symptoms as last year confirms that Rotavirus will infect some lofts again this year. This may occur after entering race or toss baskets and mixing with birds from other lofts . The disease will not be as severe as the initial outbreak. I believe the disease may not be seen at all in lofts that are otherwise healthy.


The emphasis of care now prior to the race season is to ensure the birds are fit and in good health before they are mixed with other birds. The signs of good health and fitness at this time of year are strong loft flying activity, healthy droppings and a fast body moult. I suggest there is a health problem if the moult is delayed or birds are not loft flying well. In this case seek veterinary help. It is advisable not to start heavy training until the birds are flying strongly and ranging as this will help decrease stress, which is more likely to trigger the Rotavirus infection. Please contact me directly with any health issues. It is recommended to follow the health advice detailed in the new Orange Pigeon Book for April and May.


In regards to the first federation toss; WPF are running a similar toss in the last week of April. However, your toss is a pivotal moment for all fanciers across Australia as it tells us what is going to happen 6 months down the track.  I do not expect major problems to be associated with this toss as long as no recently infected (within 4 weeks of the toss) birds enter the transporter. In preparation for this toss Quik Gel is recommended in the drinking water the day of basketing and on their return. KD Powder should be given in the drinking water the day after the toss. The birds should then be very carefully monitored during the 3 days following the toss for signs of watery droppings, fluffed up look and vomiting. These are the first signs of the disease. Crop feeding treatments should be initiated at the first sign of illness. This plan should save 95-100% of sick birds should the disease enter the loft. Antibiotics in the drinking water will limit the extent of the disease for the rest of the flock. Please refer to my Rotavirus instruction sheet for exact details. Birds that show no sign of the disease should not be treated with antibiotics other than those used for routine prevention programmes against resident diseases.


My prediction is that there will be little problems with this toss but it is important that we have exact feedback from all fanciers so that the Eastern states can benefit from your experience.


Please let me know if you need further help.


Rob Marshall




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