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Re: Polyoma question

Posted by Debbie on 2/21/06
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    No I havent vaccinated my birds and I'm sure vets do want
    everyone to do this but is it really necessary? I dont know
    for sure if this is what it died from or not and will ask the
    other 3 that bought the other babies to freeze their baby IF
    something happens to it so I can have it tested but I really
    dont want to scare them if I dont need to either.
    Could it have just been too cold where it was by the window
    being so young? The lady also said it fell a few times to the
    floor this too is why I was not thinking about a disease. I
    know things happen too easy. I did give her money back that
    she paid for the bird, she didnt want to take it but I knew
    she was an honest person and good with her 2 other birds as
    well.
    I just read on a disease that a breeder here in town has and
    isnt telling people when selling her birds she is raising and
    it just got me over worried (hopefully) but worth checking
    into just in case. I havent been close to her or ever bought
    from her either I just thought to ask a few questions about
    the babies to see what others would do.
    Thanks for any help
    Debbie

    On 2/21/06, Michael L wrote:
    > On 2/20/06, Debbie wrote:
    >> IF a young bird has polyoma and died from it wouldnt the
    >> rest of the babies from the same parents have it and die
    >> as well or am I just over worried.
    >> I raised and sold 4 young cockatiels and one was only at
    >> its new house for a week and it died. They were all 8
    >> weeks old and eating great and all seemed fine. The other
    >> 3 are fine as far as I know from this weeks info on them.
    >> I have raised many cockatiels over the years and never had
    >> any problems but found out some breeder (not close to me)
    >> has had birds with this so I happened to read on it a
    >> little and it kinda scared me after this baby died. It
    >> could be nothing and the baby just got too cold where its
    >> cage is at its new house but I needed to ask about the
    >> other babies. Wouldn't they die as well if this was
    >> Polyoma?? Would a baby die if its too cold in a cage by a
    >> window? I have never had this happen before but I dont put
    >> my birds by windows because I have always heard its not
    >> good in case of a draft especially the young ones.
    >> Any help woud be great.
    >> Thanks :0)
    >> Debbie
    >
    > Debbie,
    > Sorry to hear what happened to the chick.
    > You can speculate as to what "possibly" happened, but
    without
    > a necropsy, a solid answer will be just that...speculation.
    > If you are familiar with Polyoma, chicks that are affected
    > usually succumb to this virus at weaning or shortly
    > thereafter. The age of this bird would be on schedule for
    > this being a possibility.
    > As far as all of the babies getting this, there is certainly
    > a chance, but it is not a guarantee. This chick may have
    > been the one that had a less-developed immune system. If
    > this just happened, others clutch mates could still succumb.
    > If they don't, it doesn't mean that they weren't infected,
    it
    > just means that their immune systems were able to fight off
    > the infection and they survived.
    > There is also controversy and mixed opinions as to whether
    or
    > not vaccinating birds is appropriate. Some vets seem to
    feel
    > that preventive measures are just as effective in preventing
    > this illness as vaccinating.
    > I have not always vaccinated, but have started recently.
    Not
    > because of a problem, thank goodness, but to at least have
    > the potential protection that the vaccine offers. I will
    > say, it is not an inexpensive vaccine, but in retrospect,
    the
    > peace of mind that it provides far outweighs the monetary
    > costs.
    > If it is possible, and the body has been handled properly, a
    > necropsy should be performed to rule out the possibility.
    >
    > Michael L