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quick question about Marek's

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I know the disease can stay active for month's / years  in the environment without a host, but is that also true in areas that have freezing winters and frozen ground?

 

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Mareks is shed in the feather dander and spread by inhalation. So cleaning the environment thoroughly is your best bet as well as allowing the area to sit without host, I have read that it can survive up to 65 days under normal temperature. My thoughts would be that a good hard winter kills off many organisms that are dangerous to chickens. I had a few Mareck birds about ten years ago from so various sources, I culled when they became obvious and I haven't seen it since in my other birds, so I'm not sure it's always the panic that it appears, especially in a climate like mine where we get cold winters.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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