Wow! get busy outside for one day and I'm 65 posts behind!
I sadly took a double hit from Marek's. First last year, thought I finally lost everyone I was going to (didn't know at first what I was dealing with) then in early spring I lost 2 adult hens. The one broke my heart. She was so sweet, and a spoiled brat that loved to launch herself and surprise land on my shoulder or other parts if I was bending over. I really thought we would grow old together. Anyway, all I have left now are 3 18 month old Aussies that came from Cackle Hatchery w/Marek's vaccinated and one 2 1/2 yr old red sex-link. I lost the rest of her "sisters". They came from another hatchery that was "supposed" to vaccinate but found out too late that they had not. Why this one made it I have no idea (it was one of these that also made it until this last spring). I have no clue where the Marek's came from unless one of the last of my surviving original rescued hens was a carrier. Anyway, I am now maintaining my little closed flock while I spend the winter drooling over poultry catalogs and trying to decide if I want to expand my Aussie flock or ask Santa (aka DH) to finance me for one of the more "exotic" Scandinavian breeds.