I recently posted a thread about an injured silkie. I say injured because the lady who gave me the chickens told me she had "hurt" her leg. I asked her every question under the sun,, about health, vaccinations, etc. Now , a few weeks later, the entire flock is sick,, they are dying off one by one. One had a tumor like lump on her behind, and two others developed parital paralysis and died shortly after. I now believe that they have Mareks disease. So here are a few questions.
1. They have had little or no contact with my existing flock. I put them out in the yard,, my yard not the chicken yard, and free ranged them on nice days but they did not interact directly with my existing chickens. Will my flock be at great risk of developing the disease? Mine are all adults and have had no illness, ever.
2. Do all chickens likely carry this disease? Articles that Ive read point to this being the case. If true, and my flock already likely carriers.. would that protect them from other strains of the disease?
3 Will I have to vaccinate every bird that we hatch or purchase from now on?
4. Will it affect my ducks, turkeys or goats?
5. If any of the affected flock survive, is it ok to integrate them into my flock after another 4-6 weeks of making sure they are healthy?
Sorry to ask so much, but Ive had chickens for a few years and NEVER had a loss, illness, or disease of any kind... if trying to do someone a favor by taking on their birds wipes all of mine out, Ill never forgive myself..
Edited by helene2198 - 12/30/15 at 7:58pm