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Has anyone dealt with Marek's disease?

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Last week, my 3.5 month old rooster started limping, and using his tail to help him balance by pointing it down. I though perhaps he had sprained it, torn a ligament or broken it so I put him in a recovery pen with his sister so he wouldn't feel isolated. It's only gotten worse this week, and now I'm noticing my younger batch of chicks (almost fully feathered, can't remember exactly when they hatched) has a chick with what appears to be "droopy wings" but it's still walking alright. None of my other chickens are showing any signs, should I just cull immediately the two chicks that are in poor health or am I simply panicking?
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq

 

Do you have a way of getting one of the chicks to your state poultry lab for euthanasia and necropsy?

That's the only way you'll know if you have a problem.

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/downloads/all_nahln_lab_list.pdf

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 5

If it is Mareks culling won't protect the rest of the flock, they are already exposed (and possibly could have been exposed for a longtime). 

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As far as I know we have nothing of the sorts here, I live in BC, Canada
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Actually you do.

 

http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/ahc/

 

Call them and they'll tell you if there is one close to you or if you need to mail it.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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