Chicken with Marek's disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Haley S, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Haley S

    Haley S New Egg

    Feb 20, 2012
    I have a hen and I'm fairly certain that she has Marek's disease, as she is no longer able to walk without falling over.
    I read somewhere that I should only be feeding her a certain amount of food and that it should be softened.
    Is this true? How should I be feeding my ailing bird?
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West

    You do not write any symptoms.

    Marek's Disease Classic Marek's disease causes paralysis of one or more limbs. It attacks nerve primarily Signs of difficulty breathing or dilation of the crop may occur. Besides lesions in the peripheral nerves, there are frequently tumors on or in the skin, skeletal muscle, & organs. Organs that are commonly affected include the ovary, spleen, liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, and adrenal glands. Cancer of the chicken; NOT contagious to humans. Cause tumors in nerves (paralysis), in liver, ovaries, testicles, muscles and skin - sudden death. Mortality can go to 20%. No treatment; prevention by day old vaccination at hatchery.

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