Originally Posted by SethB
So when reading this I am under the impression that these diseases are never fully gone. So if I have a chickens that has it and gives it to my flock my entire flock is infected? So even if I treat it if I get new chickens they would get it too because the infected chicken are always carries? I'm not sure how to proceed here. How do you ensure that when you bring new chickens in they do get it. Do you have to clean the coop? Can ducks get this? Thanks
That is the importance of getting any sick bird tested. Some diseases make carriers for up to a year (IB) while others make carriers for life (MG, ILT. coryza.) There are vaccines available, but you need to weigh the fact that vaccines may need to be given more than once, and do you want to raise birds who are carriers.
Originally Posted by Hens rule
I think so, if they have IB, I'm sad about this becuase I can't get any chicks this spring and well beucase my birds are sick.
Infectious bronchitis only causes birds to be carriers for 5 months to 1 year. That would be worth getting them tested to find out what disease they have.