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Not that well...it's pretty gutting to have to do the deed on sick birds. Even though I process my own meat birds, I always feel sad dispatching sick hens. On the plus side, this should finally allow us to turn the page on our broken start : we started with DC heritage poultry in shawville (http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=DC+heritage&type=36) and always had the feeling the birds we got weren't healthy. If the mg theory holds, they probably carried it since the start.

Most sad that there will be pressures to destroy our geese and ducks as well. Are there ways to test birds for MG? That way we could keep our geese at least.

 

 

They can do blood tests for it, However, I am not sure if you or the state would have to pay for it.  I think here they would make you pay for it. Even then they could order the whole flock destroyed (I Think)  in an over abundance of caution.

 

I am fairly certain every bird on the property would have to be destroyed here.

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by ShortHenTallPen View Post

Not that well...it's pretty gutting to have to do the deed on sick birds. Even though I process my own meat birds, I always feel sad dispatching sick hens. On the plus side, this should finally allow us to turn the page on our broken start : we started with DC heritage poultry in shawville (http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=DC+heritage&type=36) and always had the feeling the birds we got weren't healthy. If the mg theory holds, they probably carried it since the start.

Most sad that there will be pressures to destroy our geese and ducks as well. Are there ways to test birds for MG? That way we could keep our geese at least.

Really sorry to read of your problems. I'm in Ontario too. A small suggestion for you for future. This link is from an Ontario website...they issue health alerts like the one in this link if there are known outbreaks. I find it very helpful. Also advice on immunizing and how/where to secure them.
http://www.poultrytalkontario.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1590
Best wishes to you moving forward.
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Thank you for the tip! Update from autopsy is that it could IB, ILT or MG... only sample analysis will tell for sure. Looking at all three, we definitely had Sandpaper eggs (apparently a sign of IB) but we've had them forever, so not sure what to think...
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Flockmaster to my Andalusians, Buff Orps, Andalusians, Rhodebars, Brahmas, Speckled Sussex, Salmon Faverolles, Welsummers, Indian Runner ducks, American Buff Geese; mistress to a geriatric beagle; mama to two wildflowers; wife to a hunter-gatherer; and slave to the world's two finest felines.... and still collecting!
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