Help! One chick died from Marek's, now another one sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BAMillis, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. BAMillis

    BAMillis Hatching

    Mar 12, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    I bought 6 chicks and they're about 12 weeks old. One (silver laced Wyandotte) was not vaccinated against Marek's (I just found out), and she got it and died (had a necropsy done). Now another chick (Ameraucana) is showing the same symptoms: not able to pick up her head, won't/can't eat or drink, just lies there! Poop is a little runny, but not bad. They eat Purina start & grow, I feed them some yogurt about every other day, and lettuce/greens each evening. I give fresh water every day, and clean/clorox the waterer every few days. They are in a Catawba Coop in a natural area with a thick groundcover of leaves (I rake out one end so they can get to the dirt for their bath). I move it once a week, and clean out the pine shavings from the roost once a week. If she was vaccinated, then it can't be Marek's, right?? Any ideas??
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    As I understand it, there are several types of Marek's, and the vaccination does not protect against all types. When you put vaccinated and unvaccinated chicks together, you are exposing the unvaccinated ones to the disease, which is shed by the vaccinated ones.

    But I'm certainly no expert. Sounds like you need to do some research.

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