Wow. I am shocked. Many on here have found state labs that are very reasonable. For tissue cultures, parasitology exam, all kinds of cultures for various chicken diseases, mine was total,$35. I'm sorry that yours was so expensive. From the time my first died until my second died was over 3 months. Once they have been exposed, they are carriers for life. I thought I was safe with my year olds...they have never shown signs. With the heat, I have now lost 4 chickens over 1 year old....
I could write a book on what I know about Marek's....
Hi leadwolf1 -
Necropsy cost for me was 45.00 for the initial cost and then 85.00 for the tissue cultures - so $130 and that was from Texas A&M Poultry diagnostic laboratory...so it is a State U.
I'm going to start a thread on Mareks. It would be like a wiki and everyone interested can post their facts and anecdotes etc. There is a lot of Marek's info here on BYC but it is dissapated and some kind of old. I will come back and edit. I hope that when I put the link in---You will be among the people who would visit it and put information in. I'm so very sorry that you lost so many to the disease.
For KristyAZ, the cost of necropsy is quite expensive IMO and if you have the symptoms that you had, then you can be pretty sure that is what it was. Only if there was a scientific reason would I go to the extent of necropsy. According to Merck Vet manual the incubation period for Marek's is 12-weeks.
I sweated it out for the 12 weeks and kept the new chickens who had been penned with the one who died isolated from my others for the full 12-weeks. One was a hybrid from White Leghorn which breed has been shown to have some resistance, the other was an Easter Egger. Both of them are fine now. The EE's chicks are the ones I'm currently raising. The most concern, from some research I saw was birds with Rhode Island Red heritage.
Also of interest is Peter Brown-- AKA "the Chicken Doctor" has an article about vaccinations for grown chickens, and not just day olds. I will put a link up on the page that I will build so when I come back with a link it should be readily available.
When you feel like it, if you want to -- (after I start the page on Mareks...come back edit a link etc.) Maybe you too would put your views there and your approach to vaccinations. Thanks.