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Re: Polyoma question

Posted by Michael L on 2/21/06
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    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

    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
    If it is possible, and the body has been handled properly, a
    necropsy should be performed to rule out the possibility.

    Michael L