On 1/12/10, birdbrain wrote:
> hi everyone! anyone have any experience dealing with
> polyomavirus? i think i may have it in some of my birds,
> they have not been vet checked for it as i have no good
> avian vets near where i live.does vaccinating the breeders
> help or is this done primarily on the babies? at what age?
> where do you get the vaccine and what do you use? PLEASE
> HELP!!! I'M AT MY WITS END AND I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO
> PROCEED. any help from you all would be
Polyoma is not a simple explained disease.
Briefly, Polyoma usually strikes baby birds just as they are
about to wean or are just weaned. You will see what appears
to be bruising under the skin which is really hemorrhaging
and the bird dies.
A bird can be exposed to Polyoma and survive and then it
builds up antibodies to the virus. Adults can be carriers
and not develop the virus.
Vaccinating a bird consists of two vaccines two weeks apart
starting at about 4-6 weeks of age. Depending upon the size
of the bird determines the amount of vaccine.
The vaccine is very expensive and you will need a
veterinarian to write you a script for the vaccine.
Biomune is the company that makes and distributes it.
For more in depth details, do a search on line.