Can waterfowl get Marek's??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by daze333, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. daze333

    daze333 Songster

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    Hi all,
    I just recently started vaccinating my chicken chicks for Marek's. I also raise ducks and geese. I read somewhere that it is called DVE in ducks? Can you vaccinate for it? Can I use the chick vaccine on waterfowl?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Chicken Tamer

    Chicken Tamer Crowing

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    I wanted to bump this because I have the same question. My birds have been dieing and its been all of the, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    Mareks is a species specific herpes virus. It's very unlikely it is the cause of death in your waterfowl Chicken Tamer.
     
  4. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Songster

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    I found this answer on this site: According to the Merck Veterinary Manual; chickens, quail and turkeys are the only avian species affected by Marek's Disease.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    As already written my understanding is no. Generally waterfowl have less diseases than chickens one of the reasons i went with them as the first and the majority.
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    That's awful, what is happening, there just dying? symptoms? ages, any predators?
     
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  7. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Songster

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    Yes please give more details about whats going on maybe we can help...
     
  8. Chicken Tamer

    Chicken Tamer Crowing

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    Well I found out Waterfowl can but its a diffrent kind of mereks not from the chickens. Also its not mereks I found out it might be even worse. There is a diases that is one of the worst bird diases EVER. And there is no treatment!!!! I forgot the name. My chickens have been limping and they will like start limping like alot then slow down the get worse then die in like 5 days. They have been spitting up there food and water and I might have to put them all down!!! And I have over 40 birds!!! That will be so hard if I have to. The worst thing that will ever happen to me!!!
     

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