Updates to The Harris's Hawk Revolution
Page 583 -Repairing/bandaging broken talons:
While some falconers have recommending microwaving to salvage talons from dead raptors, this method does not work because it causes the talon to explode. Instead soak in water until talon can be pulled off. Clean the salvaged talon with a bleach or Chlorhexidine solution before gluing it onto the hawk's injured/broken talon or digit (bone) using two part, 5 minute epoxy.
Dr. Tim Sullivan’s treatment for Aspergillosis in a Harris’s Hawk:
Aspergillosis was diagnosed (ELISA) and radiographs revealed two granulomas in a 5-month-old, captive bred Harris’s Hawk. One granuloma was pressing on the syrinx and affected the hawk’s voice. It was large enough to make swallowing difficult, such that the hawk had to be force fed small bites of food.
The hawk was successfully treated with the following:
Vfend (Voriconazole) 15 mg/kg oral - once daily – given in the morning with 15 grams of food
Lamisil (Terbinafine) 15-20 mg/kg oral – one daily – given in the evening
Nebulizer treatment for 20 minutes 1 to 2 times daily. (usually once daily in this case) Nebulizing solution: 250 mg Terbinafine + 250 ml distilled water + 0.25 ml Mucomist
We stopped nebulizing treatments after 7 days but administered both oral medications for a total of 37 days. A radiograph taken 18 days after stopping oral medications showed no granulomas.
Page 601 -Vaccinating against West Nile virus:
RECOMBITEK Equine West Nile Virus vaccine by Merial
We give one 0.5 ml injection into the pectoral muscle initially followed by a second 0.5 ml injection three weeks later. Then administer a 0.5 ml annual booster.
Muscle necrosis may occur at the injection site. For this reason, we vaccinate our falconry raptors after the hunting season when the hawks are at molting weight.
Note: A recent study tested the efficacy of this vaccine in falcons and found that giving three 1 ml injections 3 weeks apart provided better protection from the disease (Angenvoort et al. 2014).