I think Im going to cull my whole flock. Ive only been raising chickens for about a year and a half and Ive already had to deal with a number of issues. Cocci Egg bound Bumble foot Lice Scaly Leg mites (brought in by some birds I purchased) Predator attack And now I think I have Mereks disease. Ive contact our dept. of Ag and am waiting to hear back on where I can get a necropsy done to determine the exact cause. I purchased 2 birds from a swap. Quarantined them for about 5 weeks. About 3 weeks after I combined them I found one down. He dies within 48 hours. The second birds I bought from the same person died about a week later. It was fine in the morning by the next morning it was dead. I then had a young bird about 4-5 weeks old in a different pen become paralyzed. I keep him going for several days with no sign of improvement and then culled it. I now have another 4-5 week old that was down this morning. So my question is what the best way to mass cull a flock ages 4 weeks to 1 ½ years old? Should the carcasses be burned? Im so sad some of the birds are really special to me. Ive spend way too much money to try to get the breeds I want and now this. I do have a few that are on the other side of the yard that Id like to save but Im wondering if there is a way to test them for Mereks if thats what it is.