A lone survivor after Marek’s

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hyunsoo Moon, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Hyunsoo Moon

    Hyunsoo Moon In the Brooder

    Jul 23, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hello all, we used to have 5 chickens, and 4 chickens died due to Marlek’s disease. We have one chicken now, and we don’t know what to do. She’s lonely, squawks a lot, and we have been advised not to get more, since she’s now a carrier and the disease is in the soil. We tried giving her stuffed animals but she seems to be really scared of them. Does anyone have advise for the situation? We have thought about giving her up, but it’d have to be with a flock that has survived Marek’s....
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  2. Squeak61

    Squeak61 Songster

    May 22, 2017
    Im so sorry for your losses :( That’s quite a challenging situation. Chickens do not survive well alone; they’re not made for it. I would try to search for someone who has a flock that also has survived Mareks. Overall, that bird will not be happy or healthy on its own.
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  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hang a mirror in the coop and in the run...Are you positive it was Mereks?
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    So sorry! Do you have an actual diagnosis? If yes, then to move forward, you can order Marek's vaccinated chicks, and have them TOTALLY ISOLATED from your property so they aren't exposed for three weeks or so, to develop immunity. I wouldn't try having them at home at all; maybe at a friend's?
    The new birds will get the disease, but will be mostly protected from the tumors that kill affected birds.
    It's not an instant or total fix, but will help you move forward.
    Or, your hen might be able to enjoy smaller ducks (females only) or even a goose.
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma


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