Are silkies more prone to Marek's???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by donnap1967, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just read a website that said silkies are more prone to Marek's disease? Is that true?

    Edited to add:

    I have four silkies that are 5 weeks old as well as 6 two week old chicks of varying breeds. This is going to be the extent of my little backyard flock. Are larger operations more likely to encounter Marek's or are Backyard flocks just as prone?
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2008
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They are more prone to brain damage and wry neck due to the incomplete closure of the skull. A hard peck on the head or banging hard into the lid of the brooder, etc can cause them to have marek-like symptoms like stumbling around, walking around with their head held down and back, etc.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, more prone to damage, but I find the non show quality types are pretty hardy and just like other birds. As for diseases, every strain will be different, and every location has their own problems. So wither you are prone or not depends on if it is in your area. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  4. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you [​IMG]
     

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