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Can you send blood in to be checked for Mereks disease?

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I have a 13 week old pullet that isn't acting normal.  She walks on her "forearms" instead of her feet.  She's eating, drinking and wanting to forage like a normal pullet would...she can even fly a little. 

I would like to send her blood out to do a panel and see what's going on.

post #2 of 5
She may be suffering from a riboflavin (vitaminB2) deficiency. That can cause walking on the hocks and curling under of toes. Poultry vitamins (most brands) contain riboflavin. Yes, there is a Mareks PCR test available from several poultry labs including Texas A&M. It costs around $30 according to their website. However, you would need a vet or someone locally to draw the blood, and place it in the right type of lab tube, plus shipping. I would call them to inquire about the specifics. There are ever changing Mareks virus strains, so there could be false negatives.
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Thank you so much! I'm going to check out UC Davis since it's somewhat local to me.  I have her on Chick Boost vitamins and probiotics and popped a E capsule in the water as well.  I should go and pick up some B in the meantime.

post #4 of 5
Your chick boost vitamin might already contain the riboflavin (B2) and E, so just check the label.
Edited by Eggcessive - 5/4/16 at 3:54pm
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check out the UC Davis website at : http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/

 

Lots of good resources...

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