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Can you send blood in to be checked for Mereks disease?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SoCalChkn1023, May 4, 2016.

  1. SoCalChkn1023

    SoCalChkn1023 New Egg

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    I have a 13 week old pullet that isn't acting normal. She walks on her "forearms" instead of her feet. She's eating, drinking and wanting to forage like a normal pullet would...she can even fly a little.
    I would like to send her blood out to do a panel and see what's going on.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She may be suffering from a riboflavin (vitaminB2) deficiency. That can cause walking on the hocks and curling under of toes. Poultry vitamins (most brands) contain riboflavin. Yes, there is a Mareks PCR test available from several poultry labs including Texas A&M. It costs around $30 according to their website. However, you would need a vet or someone locally to draw the blood, and place it in the right type of lab tube, plus shipping. I would call them to inquire about the specifics. There are ever changing Mareks virus strains, so there could be false negatives.
     
  3. SoCalChkn1023

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    Thank you so much! I'm going to check out UC Davis since it's somewhat local to me. I have her on Chick Boost vitamins and probiotics and popped a E capsule in the water as well. I should go and pick up some B in the meantime.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Your chick boost vitamin might already contain the riboflavin (B2) and E, so just check the label.
     
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