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Best source for MG free keets?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by extraordinaryfowl, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking into buying some guineas but I need to have be fairly certain they are mg free - anyone know any good sources? Especially any that are monitored?
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    OK whas MG. I am Acronymly challenged...... [​IMG]

    deb

     
  3. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK w?

     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    extraordinaryfowl, deb is asking what MG means.

    Mycoplasma Gallisepticum ?




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    I've never had a sick bird, or any type of respiratory disease in my flocks, so I've never had a reason to research which sources sell MG free stock or keets... (and I have never seen any of breeder or hatchery advertise MG free keets either). Sorry I can't help answer your question, but maybe if you post this question in the chicken forum section of BYC you'll get more feedback. I'd definitely stick with the more reputable hatcheries/breeders, and of course ask them before you order. I'd start with TheGuineaFarm.com ...
     
  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    OK now that I know what MG stands for I did a little research. Wow. Its a bacterial infection and once a bird has it they are a carrier for ever. Though many birds survive it. once you get one that has it the rest will eventually get it. They cant vaccinated for it either. Because its not a virus.

    Its also carried by Wild birds and can be passed through the egg as well. So chicks when hatched can be carriers as well. So you arent even safe getting hatching eggs. Unless you know the breeder and the flock it comes from. Mann.... I think I have gone to my last meetup.

    http://poultrykeeper.com/poultry-diseases-and-disorders.html

    So it looks like the best you can do is buy from a reputable breeder and even then you could get the infection from wild birds.

    deb
     
  6. extraordinaryfowl

    extraordinaryfowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, sorry, MG = Mycoplasma Gallisepticum

    Occasionally through medication (at least with M. Synoviae) a bird will get rid of the mycoplasma but that is rare - you can dip the eggs and it will clean them but it also reduces your hatch % so it is not something you want to get . . .

    Is Guinea Farm with NPIP? I realize it doesn't mean much to be just Pullorum-Typhoid clean, but that would make me feel a little better ordering from someone like them . . . have you ever ordered from them?

    On another note, is there a difference between French guineas, Jumbo guineas and Jumbo French? They're all the same, right?

    Thanks for all the help -
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    All farms that ship across state lines is required by law to be NPIP certified. Guinea Farm is the Biggest one in the United states. They have Peafowl and I believe Swans as well. I bet if you sent them an email they might be able to talk about their stock and bio-security. They have over 20 different colors of guineas as well as the Jumbos.

    I also believe Jumbos are the same size as the French guineas. The difference being Jumbos can breed naturally. Where they have to use Artificial Insemination for the French.

    deb

     

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