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

www.anrpb.org

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: http://www.melbournebirdvet.com/pigeon-virus-update.aspx
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: www.anrpb.org
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

Featuring…

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

Featuring…

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

THIS IS WHAT KEEPS US GOING AT PIGEON RADIO AUSTRALIA!

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
Subject: Re: PIGEON RADIO AUSTRALIA
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 ( www.vimeo.com) 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
www.pigeonmedia.com.au


Pigeon Radio Monday,9th January,2017

Featuring…

PIGEON RADIO AUSTRALIA, ASSEMBLED PANEL – THE VIRAL SAGA CONTINUES
FEATURE TOPIC BIOSECURITY FOR THE DIFFERENT PIGEON FANCY CODES
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)


THOUSANDS OF PIGEONS DYING- WHY? – REPORT FROM CANADA

THOUSANDS OF PIGEONS DYING- WHY? – REPORT FROM CANADA

January 5, 2017

By

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 

Source:http://theloftreport.com/thousands-or-pigeons-dieing-why/


Australian National Racing Pigeon Board – Press Release – 4.00pm – 4 January – 6 January 3.00pm 2017

 

 

 

About Us


Press Release – 4.00pm – 4 January 2017
To: The Management Committees of All Australian Racing Pigeon Federations, Combine
Entities, One-Loft Races and Fancy Pigeon Associations.
Re: Update: Reo-virus outbreak 13 December 2016, Victoria
The purpose of this communication is to provide information to Racing Pigeon Federations so
that they can inform their members of:
· Details of the virus: Testing, diagnosis and next steps
· Biosecurity measures each member needs to undertake
· The role of the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board (ANRPB) and funding for
trials and vaccine
1. Details of the virus: Testing, diagnosis and next steps
In May 2016 a virus outbreak occurred in WA which was thought to be Adino-virus.
Unfortunately, many birds died. Affected surviving birds were now carriers, by agreement for
Bio-security purposes, all movement / shipments to the Eastern States from WA were banned
until 31 December 2016.
In early December 2016 birds were unfortunately shipped from WA to Victoria. Almost
immediately an outbreak occurred. What was determined very quickly was that these newly
affected birds did not have: Adino-virus, PMV1, Herpes, but had another virus. Testing from
16 December through to 31 December has now revealed the virus is indeed a strain of Reovirus.
Testing has confirmed that the Victorian virus and the WA virus are the same and are a
form of Reo-virus; not Adino-virus as previously reported.
For a detailed account of the timeline and information pertaining to this virus outbreak please
refer to Dr. Colin Walker’s website, pigeon virus update page. www.melbournebirdvet.com
Or direct link:
http://www.melbournebirdvet.com/pigeon-virus-update.aspx
Key points:
· Immediate: Diagnostic work continues – Agri-bio, AAHL
· Immediate: We must control spread of the virus – strict bio-security measures – no
inter-loft movement of bird or fanciers
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· Medium: Develop tentative immune protocol to offer fanciers some means of
protecting birds
· Longer: trial to develop “best” and proven method of protecting birds
2. Biosecurity measures each member needs to undertake
On Friday 16 December the ANRPB posted on its website the following Biosecurity measures.
These measures remain in place and should be adhered to until further notice by all pigeon
flyers, no matter where you live.
· Do not introduce new pigeons into your yard
· Do not allow your pigeons to mix with other pigeons
· Avoid visiting other pigeon lofts
It is also an appropriate time to reinforce the protocols for all flyers and pigeon keepers to
vaccinate for PMV1. This is essential. Recently we have had cases around the country of PMV1
outbreaks, which is totally unnecessary.
3. The role of the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board (ANRPB) and funding for trials
and vaccine
The ANRPB is still in its infancy. Its role is very much at a macro-level dealing with priorities
such as Animal Health Australia – AHA (Australian Government) pertaining to the
development of a welfare based National Code of Practice; this is well underway. The ANRPB
at this time has no mandate to dictate to Federations, Clubs or indeed members within the
pigeon fraternity about constitutional or racing matters. This is for the Federations and Club
entities. The ANRPB in the short-medium term will provide guidance and best practice
recommendations, all of which will be pigeon welfare centric. This was all discussed at the
ANRPB National Convention in Canberra 19 November 2016. See www.anrpb.org for details
of presentations which can be downloaded.
What will the ANRPB do as regards Reo-virus? The ANRPB will support Dr. Colin Walker and
others involved in the testing, diagnosis, trials and quest for a suitable vaccine. This includes
being a point of contact to assist with funds on behalf of the Australian Pigeon fraternity to
enable testing and trails to be undertaken so we can hopefully obtain a vaccine.
Separately we will be writing to all Federations requesting a financial contribution from the
Federations equivalent to a notional amount of $20 per member as a first tranche of fund
raising for the Reo-virus work. Further details will follow regarding this. Please keep a close
eye on: www.anrpb.org
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Please stay in touch with your state based ANRPB board member:
VIC Graham Wark
NSW / ACT Mark Jeffrey
QLD Len Vanderlinde
SA / NT Greg Kakoschke
TAS Peter Wallace
WA Kevin Wilson
They can be contacted by email: enquiries@anrpb.org
I would encourage all pigeon fanciers to register their personal details on our website, in the
contact section, so we can email you directly with updates and latest information.
In summary:
This is a difficult time for the Australian Racing Pigeon and Fancy Pigeon fraternity. Five-years
ago when the PMV1 outbreak occurred we were in a similar time of adversity regarding our
beloved pigeons. We worked through this. We dealt with the facts. We supported the science.
We arrived at a solution… the PMV1 vaccine and the protocols around this has ensured we
have been able to manage this disease and race freely and competitively. Our desire is to
create the same outcome for this new Reo-virus. We are using the same scientific team and
bodies for Reo-virus as we did with PMV1. Diagnostic testing is happening. Dr Walker is in
touch with local and overseas suppliers of vaccines. Local trials will need to happen. Funding
for this will be required, all as was done for PMV1.
Please be patient. Please be supportive. Please follow the Bio-security protocols detailed
herein. We need a unified approach from the pigeon fraternity at this time. Faceless people
on forum’s and other mediums deriding the work being done does not add any value; please
refrain if you are one of these people.
This is perfect time for all pigeon fanciers in Australia to come together, support each other
and to be positive about the work being done to determine a solution for this current Reovirus
outbreak across many parts of Australia.
If you wish to take an active role in the ANRPB please email your local Board member. If you
want to help other flyers to vaccinate for PMV1 work in your clubs and Fed’s. Many of our
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older members may need some assistance in this regard. Please contact your Fed’s to see how
you can help.
All the very best for 2017.
Yours sincerely
For and on behalf of the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board
Stephen Eggleton
Chair – ANRPB

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Press Release – 3.00pm – 6 January 2017
To: The Management Committees of All Australian Racing Pigeon Federations, Combine
Entities, One-Loft Races and Fancy Pigeon Associations.
Re: Update 2: Highly infectious, emerging pigeon disease – Reo-virus outbreak in Australia.
Further to the ANRPB press release of 4 January 2017, the following update applies:
1. Further diagnostic testing is in progress. Results are expected by mid-January. As
advised by NSW DPI 5 January 2017 “It’s possible that some poultry vaccines will be
of assistance in the management of this disease. In the meantime, biosecurity
measures are critical to prevent the spread of this disease until a long-term solution
can be determined”. Please remain positive and refer to daily updates on-line:
http://www.melbournebirdvet.com/pigeon-virus-update.aspx
2. The following Biosecurity measures remain in place and must be adhered to until
further notice by all pigeon flyers, no matter where you live.
a. Do not introduce new pigeons into your yard
b. Do not allow your pigeons to mix with other pigeons
c. Avoid visiting other pigeon lofts
3. On 4 January an article was posted on-line (which has since been taken down)
which suggested deliberate loft infection with the Reo-virus. The Australian
National Racing Pigeon Board does NOT support nor condone this suggestion. This
practice if introduced would spread the Reo-virus far and wide and may result in
the deaths of many thousands of racing and fancy pigeons in this country. From a
pigeon welfare perspective this suggestion is totally unacceptable and indeed
contrary to the very code of practice for the welfare of our pigeons we are
currently developing within the ANRPB; in response the Federal Government AHA
overhaul of animal welfare standards in this country. 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.
Yours sincerely
For and on behalf of the Australian National Racing Pigeon Board
Stephen Eggleton
Chair – ANRPB


Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health) Has invited you to ask question and concerns

After yesterday’s announcement by Dr Rob Marshall he has invited question or concerns to be posted here for him to answer

he is aware that there a differing views and opinions and has said he is more than happy to discuss his views or any answer or any concerns

 

so if you you have a question post it here or send it to me to pass on, or post your questions under this heading on Facebook for him to answer

From: Dr Rob Marshall [mailto:robmarshall@birdhealth.com.au] Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 4:32 PM
To: ‘Ivica Fonti’
Subject: Answers

“Dr Marshall is withdrawing from further conversation or involvement with the current disease outbreak in Victoria and recommends to follow the directions of the national body which follows Dr Colin Walker’s recommendations. The questions below are the last he will be answering concerning the outbreak. Dr Marshall’s is keen to answer any questions that his own clients may have concerning the disease. His recommendations regarding treatment plans and prevention plans will be on a client only basis and not for general publication.”

ANSWERS:

Question 1
Is Rio virus contagious to other birds such as canaries and finches?

The virus itself has not yet been identified but the disease outbreak at the moment does not appear to infect birds other than pigeons. We know this from the experience of the WA outbreak. Relevant authorities in WA should be consulted for their opinion.

Question 2
Please clarify this question relates to reovirus not PMV as was written in the question?
Part 1: If your loft contracts Reovirus how should you clean your loft during and after the event?

We must wait now wait until the virus is identified. Once identified, these questions can be exactly answered. Dr Walker will be able to answer these questions for you.

Refer to answer to question 10 for disinfecting instructions.

Part 2: Should infected Lofts be suspended from racing and how long after the last bird has died should this suspension last?

We must wait now wait until the virus is identified. Once identified, these questions can be exactly answered. Dr Walker will be able to answer these questions for you.

Part 3: Reovirus can live in the loft for an extended time, does it also live in the ground outside, on the outside of the lofts etc?

We must wait now wait until the virus is identified. Once identified, these questions can be exactly answered. Dr Walker will be able to answer these questions for you.

Question 3
How can a veterinarian, especially one involved in animal sport at a time when animal liberation movements are at their highest, be advocating a course of action that will cruelly kill hundreds of thousands of pigeons purely to allow a seasons racing?

The situation in Melbourne is such that the disease can be considered to be an epidemic because over 50 lofts have become infected. Therefore, the disease is likely to spread throughout Melbourne over the next months irrespective of the strictest bio-security measures. Alternative approaches to managing this disease must be considered because there is no guarantee of a vaccine for at least one year. Birds will inevitably become exposed and die from this disease in the same way irrespective when and how they are exposed to the disease. The aim is to be proactive, limit these losses and to prevent the disease from lingering for possibly years whilst a vaccine is being developed.

What is needed at the moment is conversation with and between fanciers that keep racing pigeons and those that keep fancy pigeons to ascertain the concerns of each group so that a plan that satisfies both groups can be organised. At the moment the conversation is driven by fear and anger due to the uncertainty of which approach should be followed. There is no simple answer to this disease but a common cause must be found and that is the reason to encourage sensible dialogue and the consideration of all options for managing this disease in the best interest of all pigeon owners and the welfare of their pigeons. At the moment, no direction has been given. A firm direction will be possible after consultation with all parties involved. I would support the lock down of all infected lofts and to allow those uninfected lofts to let their birds out for controlled exercise.

I would like to step away from the political discussions and hatred but offer my support if requested.

Question 4
Are you cashing in on this virus selling your products and are you suggesting your radical approach to sell more of your products?

The current situation is complex because there is no likelihood of vaccination for 1 year. This means the disease will infect most lofts by the time the vaccination is available. The focus should be directed at understanding the nature of the disease and limiting the inevitable losses. This requires a treatment plan be organised beforehand. Our experience in the WA outbreak has allowed us to refine a treatment plan that will limit the losses to 5-10% in racing pigeons. Racing pigeons are inherently strong so that the losses can be minimal. Fancy pigeons are inherently weak so that it is expected the losses will be great. The dilemma is to put in place a plan to reduce losses in both kinds of birds. The treatment plan I proposed is similar to the other one recommended.

The racing pigeon fraternity must communicate with the fancy pigeon people to determine the best approach for both strong and weak pigeons. This requires a compromise from both parties. The principal requirement for race pigeons is that they are trained to home as young birds and are allowed to fly around the loft to develop health and fitness. This means a clear directive needs to be given to the racing pigeon fraternity by the fancy pigeon people that this is appropriate. Only healthy, non infected racing pigeons should be allowed to loft fly at the moment. Those infected lofts need to keep their birds secure inside the loft and practice bio-security measures.

Question 5
Does the virus kill the birds with the weakest constitution in other words is it eliminating the ones that have little resistance to ANY ailment?

True. This is why it is such a complicated problem because the fancy birds may suffer heavier losses than race pigeons. The fact is that we do not know that this is the case. Therefore, fancy pigeon lofts that become infected should take very careful diary notes and inform exactly of their losses when appropriate early treatment is given. We understand that heavy losses are experienced when treatment is not given at the first sign of the disease. From this information, we can then understand the full impact on those who keep fancy pigeons.

Question 6
Is looking at the whole fancy a far better and more equitable option rather than catering to only one part of the pigeon fancy?

I agree completely. We must know what the priorities of each fancy are. To achieve this we must engage in calm conversation about the concerns of both fancy and racing pigeon owners. The main thing is, that to arrive at a common agreement of how to best manage this problem at the moment relies on gaining more information about the number of deaths and types of birds that are most affected by this disease, be they fancy or racing pigeons. From this information we can refine a treatment plan to limit losses. This means a clear directive needs to be given to the racing pigeon fraternity by the fancy pigeon people that this is appropriate. Only healthy, non infected racing pigeons should be allowed to loft fly at the moment. Those infected lofts need to keep their birds secure inside the loft and practice bio-security measures.

Question 7
How can the virus be contained if THOUSANDS of infected race birds will be lost throughout Victoria, that then cross infect wild birds that become likely carriers, who then in turn infect the rest of the domestic pigeon fancy in Victoria and Australia?

It is exactly true what you say. This disease is not contained in Melbourne because 50 lofts are currently infected. This means that the disease will spread through Melbourne. In the meantime, measures to contain the disease to Melbourne are required. This means each uninfected state should legislate against movement of pigeons between their borders. The focus of attention is on limiting inevitable losses. See answer to question 6.

Question 8
If the chook Reo virus only offers partial immunity can the dosage and frequency be increased to off sufficient immunity?

Currently Dr Walker is investigating this possibility. Vaccine development is a specialist and highly regulated field. The development of a vaccine will take at least 1 year.

Question 9
If you get the virus, what supportive additives to you suggest to maximize recovery, especially if the Liver is the main organ affected. Is there supplements readily available that benefits the Livers health?

Refer to current Immune Stimulating Plan available from myself or Dr Walker. There are liver cleansing products available.

Question 10
If you get the virus what is the best method and products to disinfecting the loft?
Is there any value in disinfecting the loft if the recovered birds are still contagious and shed the virus for many months after recovering?

Refer to treatment plan plans available from myself or Dr Walker. Yes, the continuing weekly disinfection after recovery will lessen the chance of infected lofts being problematic to healthy lofts. Any product registered as a virucide disinfectant. These are available from myself, Dr Walker or produce stores.

Question 11

I have been researching the effects that vitamin C have on disease toxins and viruses. Just wondering if anyone else has looked into this? I was wondering if it would be beneficial to give a course of vitamin C after completing pox and PMV vaccinations. I know not to give them vitamin C immediately after vaccination but not sure on how long to wait?

Pigeons produce their own vitamin C in the liver therefore with a liver problem, production is impaired. This means vitamin C therapy may be of value.

Carlingford Animal Hospital
772 Pennant Hills Road
Carlingford, NSW 2118

Phone: 02 9871 6036
robmarshall@birdhealth.com.au
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Pigeon Radio Monday,2nd January,2017

“HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR LISTENERS”

AUSTRALIAN PIGEON VIRAL SAGA CONTINUES – THERE IS NO PLAN, WE NEED A PLAN – THERE IS NO CALM, WE NEED CALM! – NO HOLDS BARRED QUESTIONS TO DR.ROB MARSHALL

Dr. Rob Marshall, B. V. Sc, M.A.V. C. Sc (Avian Health)
With Panelists.
Tony Barbara
Angelo Barbara
Joe Angelino
George Azar – PRF – Western Australia
Rod Simmons – VRPU – Winners1
Chris Schutz – Fancy and show pigeons and importations


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