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Friday, February 16, 2007

Egg Drop Syndrome in Lovebirds

Whether your lovebirds are laying shell-less eggs or thin shelled eggs? It may be suffer from egg drop syndrome, which is shortly called as EDS. This is an infectious disease of laying lovebirds caused by an adenovirus.

Although the natural host for this disease is ducks and geese, lovebirds are also susceptible for infection. Transmission is mainly through the infected home birds like fowl, geese and ducks. This infection is more predominantly noticed in the mixed farming situation. Vertical transmission is also being noticed.

Clinical signs include shell-less or thin-shelled eggs and also you can notice loss of color in the eggs. Egg production drastically reduced-only one egg may be laid.

The probe FN-96 is a perfect diagnostic reagent to identify adenovirus infection in lovebirds. Other diagnostic methods include virus isolation from droppings and also from alantoic fluid or embryo of the eggs.

There is no treatment for this disease. Hence hygienic procedure adoption may fetch you good results in containing this disease. Controlling the vertical transmission may also be advocated.

Preventing EDS in lovebirds is possible by vaccinating the birds with Egg Drop Syndrome Vaccine at least 4 weeks prior to the onset of egg production fetches immunity of high level to protect your lovebirds. Consult a vet for vaccinating your lovebirds against EDS.

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