Chickens with Mareks disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenlady4321, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. chickenlady4321

    chickenlady4321 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I think some of my pullets have Mareks disease and we had just put them in with my older hens. Because we did that will they get Mareks too? Also is there anything we can do for the pullets that have Mareks or should we cull them?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Older birds are generally resistant to Marek's, or have already been exposed even before you put the young birds in. There may be one or two that show obvious symptoms, but they likely won't be affected. Some people have had success treating Marek's Disease with St. Johns Wart and other medications; there is a thread on BYC about this. But it might be better to cull them, as most birds will Marek's slowly starve to death as they become more paralyzed.
     
  3. chickenlady4321

    chickenlady4321 Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright thanks I am glad to hear my older birds may not be affected. We will probably cull the birds that show signs and start giving chicks vaccines in the future.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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