Ummm @rf12345 ?? ^^ Sorry, went back over a month, and can't find specifics about your rant... I saw about Uzi's issue with her flock, but what happened with yours? "...dude from Louisville who devastated my flock." <---Huh? "Throwing rotten eggs at everyone around not observing bio security themselves is just not a good business practice." <--huh?
OK, I've tried to find in-depth info on MG and MS... aside from scientific studies (which are mumbo jumbo speak) and sites that lump these two in with typhoid, TB, avian influenza and a dozen other diseases, here's what I've found that makes sense to me:
OK, so it's a chronic respiratory disease. It is a permanent condition - once the birds have it, they always have it (test positive for it). It is contagious. It may/can be passed on to/through eggs. It may be terminal or may not be. So is the diagnosis of MG/MS in your flock a death sentence? Should it be? I would think that if your birds survive the infection, they build up immunity to it, it becomes less of a factor over time. Hopefully that immunity is also passed on through the egg? So, on to regulations...
http://www.guineafowl.com/GeneralStore/regulations.htm basically gives regulations for all the states:
11.0.0 POULTRY - All shipments of chickens, turkeys, and ducks except for immediate slaughter, including hatching eggs,
baby chicks, or turkey poults shall be imported into Colorado only when originating from flocks actively participating in
(1) the National Poultry Improvement Plan, or
(2) the National Turkey Improvement Plan, or
(3) a comparable Pullorum disease control plan administered by the state of origin.
Each shipment, except for immediate slaughter, shall be identified by a label
and accompanied by a certificate stating that, to the best of the shippers knowledge, the poultry or eggs are free from any
infectious or contagious diseases and stating the Pullorum control plan under which the flock of origin is participating.
Other states have similar laws/rules. Since the birds/eggs are already in the state, there's no importation going on and it would only be a factor if exporting them out of state. I would think if you are selling hatching eggs, or infected chicks/adolescents/adults and make the buyer aware that your flock tests positive, then it is up to the buyer from that point on. As for purchasing chicks or eggs, if you do so from a reputable hatchery, these diseases should not be a factor/issue as they must follow and adhere to laws passed as outlined above.
Most hatcheries give you the option to have the chicks inoculated against some things like Mareks. From my understanding, once the chick has been inoculated, it will always test positive for Mareks and will be a carrier, though it will not become infected.
If you want to eliminate the disease, I would guess the only way to successfully do so would be to cull the entire flock, then disinfect all premises and areas where the birds may have been/come into contact with as well as all surrounding areas where transmission of the disease may have been tracked by shoes/boots etc. From all I could find, it appears the disease itself will not remain viable after say 30 days max, unless it is concentrated in a viable medium to allow survival. So after say a month, you could start over with a new flock.
Am I missing something here?
Edited by Latestarter - 11/23/15 at 6:44am