I am a bit desperate for some answers regarding Marek's.
My Leghorn has been limping now for three weeks. Several weeks ago she was also limping and then recovered. When she was quite young she had a leg wedged in some chicken wire and limped for a day and recovered. I cannot remember which leg was lodged back then.
So this time the limping is so bad the left leg is totally useless.
And it has been for three weeks I am keeping her indoors, with some time in the garden to exercise a bit. She's eating happily and alert and poos lots. I am very confused. The vet says with Marek's, it starts with limping. Her right leg seems still okay, most times she will lay down but she can stand if she wants to.
Does Mareks take a long time to kill a chicken? I was heartbroken that she could be put down soon but then she seems healthy otherwise and I should not put her down due to a non working leg??? But honestly it is hard work taking care of her, she is only 7 months I cannot imagine for the rest of her chicken years, I have to be taking care of her like a baby. Having said that I really really love her so much and I don't want to lose her! It's such a dilemma!
And I am scared that it's Mareks and keep her away from my other two chickens!
Has anyone's chickens had Mareks and how is the process like? Does it take a long time to kill a chicken?
We have been giving her cranberry powder, organic coconut oil and St John's wort (in calculated amounts) mixed with her food. She's quite cheeky and only eats chopped tomatoes and mealworms enthusiastically, other food she's fussy!
I hope to get some help because the vet says the only way to find out Mareks is through biopsy of a dead chicken (roll eyes)
She hasn't started laying eggs yet. Her picture is in my profile.
Thanks so much!!!