Cleaning coop after Marek's disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pattyz, May 19, 2010.

  1. pattyz

    pattyz New Egg

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    Please help - my 4 pullets died of Marek's disease and I don't want to bring in new ones until the coop is cleaned - how do I do that and where do I buy the cleaning solution? Marek's is very sad to watch happen and I don't want that to ever happen again.
     
  2. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    I do not know much about marek's but in general, if all birds are gone, I'd start out with bleach water. You can also order birds from the hatchery with a Marek's vaccination.
     
  3. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I wish I had saved the link but there is a thread in this section with the name of a cleaning chemical used to disinfect. The link said studies have been done showing that bleach is not effective against marek's. The name of the chemical started with oxy...... I'm sorry, I wish I was more help but if you search for marek's, lots of information will come up.

    The name is Oxine....though in the thread I found it (a different one than the original one), it said it wouldn't work. The bottom line was once you have Marek's, you have Marek's. I guess even if you tear everything down, it it still there. The advice they gave was to vaccinate everything you bring in. This was a great article link on that thread http://www.firststatevetsupply.com/poultry-health/mareks-disease.html

    I'm
    sorry you are dealing with this [​IMG] Such a horrible disease.


    **edited to give the name of the disinfectant
     
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  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    I read on one university's site Marek's can live in the soil for up to 65 weeks. So get out the backhoe, the flamethrower, and go to town--just in case.

    Have some new dirt brought in, if you can.
     
  5. pattyz

    pattyz New Egg

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    Thanks for all of your help. I was afraid that once I had Marek's I would always have to deal with it. [​IMG] Thankfully I can buy some chicks that have been vaccinated. I can take out much of the top layer of soil and bring in some fresh soil and I will scrub the structure of the coop. What a bummer for my first experience with chickens.
     
  6. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    [​IMG] by the way. My manners are terrible.

    Yes it is a bummer, but it could be worse. At least it was 4 and not 40. Not that we BYC enablers encourage such a thing [​IMG]
     

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