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KatG    Posted 09-20-2004 at 11:41:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been told that my flock of chickens are exhibiting signs of Marek's disease...None of the vets around here won't even talk "chicken" to me...Haven't introduced any new birds into the flock since April..and they were three months old...Wyandottes...3 of which dies...of what I thought at the time was impacted crop..But the last one that dies yesterday had paralysis and jerked her head around funny...Now an old R.I.R. hen of mine was jerking her head the same way...Tell me what can I do???Thanks...KAtG


Joel    Posted 09-20-2004 at 13:29:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be Marek's. You really need a laboratory diagnosis to be sure. Could be newcastle disease or even cholera with inner ear infection or I have seen fungal infections enter the brain of chickens. These were usually commercial birds, not backyard birds or pets.

Where are you? If in the US, what state?

If it is Marek's, vaccination is the only true solution. Most loses to Mareks in backyard flocks are small and in my experience, the hassle and inconvenience of vaccination cause most people to just live with the losses instead of trying to stop it.


r    Posted 09-20-2004 at 14:18:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joel's right, even a post mortem, would only narrow it down to a choice of Marek's or Lymphoid Leikosis. A lab diagnosis is going to be required. If it's Mareks, it may be too late to vaccinate, and in small flocks it's probably not worth it. You can check on your hatchery and see if they are advertising resistant stock.
Ron


Joel    Posted 09-21-2004 at 08:16:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, and that is only if they have grossly visible tumors. They very well may not.


This is what....    Posted 09-20-2004 at 11:45:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
you are up against....mebbe??


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