A note about disease testing

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jonalisa, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. jonalisa

    jonalisa Codswallop!

    May 28, 2013
    My Coop
    I wanted to share this information, in case people don't realize this option may be available to them.

    I have a chicken with swelling on her face which is a possible symptom of MG. After throwing away $80 on a vet who didn't know much, I learned:

    In my state (NH):
    • If you suspect a reportable disease, you can call the State Veterinarian's office and they can send a person out to your coop to draw blood and test your chickens -
    • Pullorum and Avian Influenza testing is free of charge
    • I asked for MG testing and they did it at a charge of $1.50 per chicken
    • The tests were conducted at UNH Diagnostics Lab with a 2 day turnaround time
    • The UNH Diagnostics Lab can perform necropsies for a similar small fee

    If you suspect a disease, i encourage you to call the State Vet/Dept of Agriculture in your state and find out what services are offered. it could save you quite a bit of money!
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  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Yes! That's why I have Casportpony's "send a necropsy" link at the bottom of my posts. She has numerous places listed.

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