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Hello from north central Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickensox, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. chickensox

    chickensox New Egg

    Sep 2, 2014
    Hello. I'm Kathy and my family just got chickens this year. We started with eight Rhode Island Red pullets about six months ago. Since then, we have lost half of them to what appears to be some form of disease. A lady from the local feed store said it was Marek's disease. So far, the remaining two roosters and two hens are okay. It was distressing to see them go one by one, especially the one that my kids liked.[​IMG]
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    IF it truly was Mareks it is highly contagious and survivors will be carriers for life. It will stay in the ground etc-if you bring in new birds they should he vaccinated for Mareks at a day old, it may prevent them from getting it or having a milder disease. If you sell any or give them away - they will infect someone else's flock. Please put "Mareks" in the search box and get an idea of how horrible it truly is.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Oh, I am so sorry. [​IMG]That sounds just awful. What were the symptoms? Mareks can linger everywhere, so you might disinfect the entire coop and grounds if you plan on bringing in any more new birds.

    I hope your heavy hearts can heal soon.
  4. chickensox

    chickensox New Egg

    Sep 2, 2014
    Thank you. A chicken would walk with a drooping wing, then the next day, would not walk much, stay at the water, and act as if it couldn't even lift its head, it was so weak. Basically, they acted as if paralyzed.
  5. chickensox

    chickensox New Egg

    Sep 2, 2014
    Yikes! I just read the Marek's thread and learned more. Well, we will all learn and move on. No plans on selling, just raising chickens for eggs.
  6. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC! Sorry to hear about your chickens

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry about the loss of your pullets. It's always sad to lose some of our flock. Be sure and immediately vaccinate any other chickens you get for Marek's disease. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting more chickens to add to your flock.
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your losses! Marek's truly is a terrible disease, many of the members on this site can attest to that.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry for your losses to Marek's! [​IMG]I, too, have experienced the disease in my own flock and know how awful it is.
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your losses. :hugs

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