Originally Posted by seminolewind
Paralysis is not something only caused by Marek's. I'm sure there are viruses or bacteria that can cause it. It just takes some sciatic nerve damage.
Mine that got paralysis eventually also got something that destroys their depth perception and they look like they are eating, but arent' picking up food. Among dozens, I did have one that recovered after 6 weeks, but she kept eating and kept her weight the whole time.
Alibaba, my 3 broody raised lived 8 months . But the longer they survive, the better the chances. 95% of mine have been under a year old. Most of the 95% was at 6-8 weeks. Fingers crossed. Don't kill yourself. Everyone has to try but it still really hurts if they do die.
Told my son tonight, " We don't know if the moms and dads were vaccinated, maybe maybe not. If not, hey, they have some immunity, probably won't help much. They may go at 8 weeks, they may go til POL. But we will enjoy them while they are here!"
And you know what...these aren't food for us, but pets and live wonderful lawn ornaments. 8-10 months is a better option that a 6 week old meat bird has. I have space for them to roam with the flock so it will be a good life, eating blueberries, and bugs and grass and worms and treats...
I am at peace with it!
(When I can, will use an incubator for my own breeding and get day olds for the broody's :)
Edited by alibabba - 7/3/15 at 7:18pm