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chickensox

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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.
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drumstick diva

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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.
 

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Hello there and welcome to BYC!
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Oh, I am so sorry.
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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.
 

chickensox

Chirping
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Sep 2, 2014
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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.
 

chickensox

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Sep 2, 2014
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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.
 

LIChickens

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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.
 

Michael OShay

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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.
 

Wyandottes7

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Jul 24, 2013
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Welcome to BYC!
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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.
 

BantamLover21

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Glad you joined us!

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

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