Hi! In November, my flock got Infectious Bronchitis (full necropsy not back yet, but that is the preliminary results). On MerckVetManual, it says the virus can shed for up to 20 weeks. I am assuming that this means that my flock can infect others birds for 20 weeks? That's five months. I over bought chickens because I was planning to sell some of the extras (mainly due to minimums with hatcheries). The beginning of May should be when they are no longer contagious. I do not wish for anyone to have to suffer what I have been through with my flock. The past month has been so hard. Only one died, but four others were having conversations with death for a few days.
Is it even a possibility that I can sell any of these chickens this summer or is the only responsible thing to do is the cull the ones I'm not keeping? I have too many right now. I am building more coops and I think we'll be okay over the winter. Some never showed any signs. I've read that this illness is common with those who show birds because it's so highly contagious. At the moment, I have 4 roosters in a city that doesn't allow any. They are separated from the girls and in a coop by themselves. They get along great without having to compete for the girl's attention. They would have a better life on a farm with a bunch of hens to care for. They have been raised as pets. The silkies are gentle and sweet. ((eh, the polish, not so sweet but I'm planning on keeping them until the neighbors complain)).
Has anyone out there dealt with this? Have you successfully re-homed chickens after an outbreak with Bronchitis? Here is a link to Merck: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/infectious_bronchitis/overview_of_infectious_bronchitis_in_poultry.html
Thanks for help or wisdom. I'd rather be safe than to hurt someone else's chickens, but culling them seems cruel if they are healthy.