My birds are in such beautiful condition, must I inoculate them against Paramyxo Virus whilst they are still looking nice and healthy?

Question:

My birds are in such a beautiful condition, must I inoculate them against Paramyxo Virus whilst they are still looking nice and healthy?

Answer:

Please do not wait till your birds show the first signs of this dreaded disease – once your birds have got Paramyxo Virus it is really too late to inoculate them with a dead vaccine, and I promise you it is quite vital to save these infected pigeons to prevent this disease spreading through your loft.

We spend thousands of rand yearly paying our club fees, buying the most expensive feed we can afford for the birds, tossing our cars and bakkies onto the scrap heap, but we do not want to spend a rand or two vaccinating our pigeons. I am sorry to say but a lot of the pigeon fanciers are too lazy to catch and inoculate each and every pigeon. They would rather buy a cheaper product and add it to the drinking water. And if their birds then get sick they will tell me that the birds have been inoculated.

Please keep in mind that there is definitely a difference between Paramyxo Virus and Newcastle disease, which is a fowl disease. We strongly advise that you vaccinate your birds with both in a "killed" form.

We also highly recommend that you give your birds at least once per week Virkon-S in the drinking water, at the strength of 5g to 5 liters of water, this really works to disinfect your birds. It's been done by a lot of champion pigeon fanciers so don't even listen to the person who tries to talk you out of it.

By Faunty Gillmer

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