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She was pulled from the flock two days ago. Originally I thought she was the victim of a gregarious rooster but after doing the splits last night I'm certain.
She will be culled tonight. Now we are keeping a weary eye on the rest.
Yup, she's a keeper! Who are you selling eggs to now?
We sell at the farmers market in the spring/summer/fall plus at both our workplaces, church, a few local family members and friends
We sold just shy of 300 dozen eggs in the second half of 2015 and love love love the work. It's not everyday your hobby pays for itself and then a little more
Before you cull her, call the u of m path lab vet clinic. Find out what you need to do to get her body down there. I was able to just bring then chicken in alive and they culled. You will want them to test for Mareks, and the necropsy will cost about 75 bucks. You can ask them also to check for worms , etc while they are at it, it won't cost more. It is worth having them do the necropsy because even the splits can be something else.
How old is she?
She is one of the bunch from you just got?? If so, check with their previous and find out whether they were vacinated as chicks, and whether he had any deaths and what they looked like.
The bad news is that if it is mareks, you have it on your land, coop, etc. The good news is if it was one of the new hens, then it is not likely to be a really virulent strain because that would have wiped out most of that flock.
Although this feels awful, and you have my sympathy, it will be ok. hard, but you and most of your chickens will make it.
The chicks you are hatching need to be kept away from your coop and other chickens for as long as you can, shoot for 6 months.
If you get a confirmed mareks, this a good thread: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/894589/moving-forward-breeding-for-resistance-to-mareks-disease
hang in there
Edited by lalaland - 1/28/16 at 12:51pm
Althalia, I'm wondering if that is just the normal downy feathers showing more after rooster use? I'm going to go home and check my buff's down feathers to see if they have that shimmer or not.....