Does this sound like Marek's disease??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by eggsontoast, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. eggsontoast

    eggsontoast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2010
    North Atlanta suburbs
    Hi. I'm trying to determine what's wrong with my Australorp. She's a little over a year old. A little history of my flock: I got four chicks from the same person in March of 2015. One, a Silkie, was full-grown and the other three were 8-10 weeks old. About 6 months ago, my Silkie stopped eating, wouldn't stand, started having trouble breathing and then died about 72 hours after her symptoms started. I still have no idea what was wrong. About 6 weeks ago, my Australorp was attacked by an owl. She survived but was pretty traumatized. A tiny part of her comb was bit off and she lost some tail feathers. She hasn't laid an egg since. She seemed fine until about 4 days ago. I noticed she seemed "depressed and withdrawn". She also started curling one leg and dragging the foot behind her a bit, like it was injured (it's not). Her "limping" is getting worse and for the past two days, she's been hanging out under the coop and not walking around with the other two chickens. She also feels lighter as if she's lost weight, and I noticed some "bright green poop" in the coop. She has loose stools. This evening, I separated her and brought her inside, giving her her own food and water.

    I know it's now too late to keep my other two from being infected if it's Mareks. They seem normal and healthy at this time. What should I do??
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would start some poultry vitamins that include riboflavin (vitamin B 2) in case of curled leg paralysis. She seems a bit older to be developing symptoms of Mareks, but that is not impossible. Keep her in a crate or pen with the other chickens with her own food and water. Give her probiotics as well if there are none in her feed or vitamins. If you should lose her, I would refrigerate the body and send it to the state vet to test for Mareks and do a necropsy. Hopefully, it is just a deficiency or from her injury. Let us know how it goes.

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