Originally Posted by jcasaglov
Thanks for the thread links- I had read all of those and my question was very specific. I just didn't want to have to go back and read through 75 pages of one thread to locate an answer and was hoping someone here could answer for me. I lost another chicken this morning and would like some advice on using St. John's Wort without harming the rest of my chickens. I guess it doesn't matter since they are all dying anyway.
I'm very sad right now.
I know this is an old post, but I'm sorry no one answered you. It's a very hard thing to deal with. I have only had chickens since May, but we have lost 6 out of 8 to Mareks. We are very attached to them, they are our pets, not for dinner and we love them. In the beginning I wasn't aware that St. John's wort could possibly help. I have since been using it as a prevention, because the necropsy and extensive state lab tests concluded I have the most serious and fatal strain of Mareks on our property. I dissolve one tablet into 3/4 gallon of distilled water twice a week into my current flocks drinking water for 2-3 hours to ensure they all go to drink it, but aren't drinking it all day long, consuming too much of it. I also rotate days using probiotics, ACV, and a vitamin blend called poultry cell. I now have not lost any more chickens in 3 months. I did however have a 2.5 month time gap in which I hadn't added any chickens... So I'd have to do some math and consider the incubation period of the virus.... I could start losing some again any day now, but I'm trying my best not to! I have had two become a bit lethargic recently, but after some additional St. John's wort and a few doses of collodial silver, they showed HUGE improvement. It's a day to day thing now.
I just wanted to ask you for an update.. Did you have any survivors? Did you try to add any? I sure hope you didn't have to give up on chicken keeping. I fear that is my fate some day, but I have a couple more things I will try first. I also spent a lot of time researching Mareks vaccines.. I even called vaccine manufacturers to learn all I could. I got a wealth of knowledge from the calls I made, if any one wants to know more about what I was told please message me.