Originally Posted by tridentk9
Originally Posted by Haunted55
Nambroth, I was reading something last year about a man who was trying to make a 'hair spray' for his infected birds from potato starch. His idea was that if the feathers could be stiffened, like women used to wear their hair, there would be a lot less sheds being put into the air. Especially in the coop. No idea if he ever perfected it or even followed up with it. At the time, I was a little bit busy and never even got a chance to contact him about it. At first it does sound just a bit off, but then when you really start to look at the process of the elimination of the dead cells...it's crazy enough to work. I don't think I'd want to go that route for myself. Any place that has the dampness we've been going through the last few years could be setting themselves up for some kind of bacterial infection and the added chance of increased feather picking. Still, if the right formula could be attained....I think the idea, as I said, is crazy enough to work by cutting the chances of it down in that respect quite nicely. I know that spraying the birds with a solution of Oxine helped, but that can get expensive. Casport, any thoughts?
Anyone else humming the theme to Goldfinger about now? There have been times when I thought that painting my animals with gold just might have been a less expensive option than the medical choices I made.
Using a ventilation system for cleaning poop boards, etc would help with the dander, both for humans and chickens. A shop vac could be retrofitted with some MacGyvered hoses and dust hood ...... More POWER!! Anyway, the amount of dander will have a bearing on disease rate.
This sounds like something Kim would think of (Mightmax)
I have just read a real good article on Marek's. It's not new, but it mentions some things that are not new ideas, but get me thinking. I have to transfer it back to my main pc because this one is limited. Then I can post the link.
A few points being '
there's an acute form of Mareks' which gives a chicken paralysis for a few days. It could have something to do with the "cure" not really being the "cure"
There's also Marek's virus in chickens that does not cause tumors, paralysis, or immunosuppression, and may be part of why an older bird develops resistance.
Immunosuppression being a hefty part of the lives of those who do not die by tumor or nerve paralysis. Those "lucky" ones will go on into their immunodepressed lives and die from something else that they should have been able to fight off.
I know all of my chickens here are exposed . Half are vaccinated and half older and not. Out of 12 Polish that I hatched and vaccinated a few years ago, I have 4 left. Some of the 8 that died could have possibly been saved by a antibiotic/anti cocci cocktail. 3 of the 4 survivors managed to survive because of that cocktail .
One of them decided to waste away on me recently and she got the cocktail and is fat and happy again . I gave the cocktail to my 7 older skinny birds and their weight has picked up since then.
Out of 7 of mine that died this year, I believe 4 may have been saved with the cocktail.
So I feel that I have some good reason or past experience to give the cocktail to anyone who has unexplained weight loss or is just mopey in hopes that "Marek's wasting" is really some solvable illness that needs a cocktail . This is not a cure for paralysis or tumors.
My cocktail being sulfadimethoxine and a cillin antibiotic or Tylan.
Edited by seminolewind - 12/20/14 at 9:20am