Hi from the UK, think I need help with Mareks?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elaine77, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. elaine77

    elaine77 New Egg

    Feb 12, 2013
    England, UK
    Hi everyone,

    I'm from the UK and started keeping chickens last year as we live in a village and have a really large garden! We first got 3 chicks that were about 6 weeks old from a local guy and it turns out they are large fowl.

    We then got 3 bantams that were point of lay from a different guy and put them in a separate coop to the large fowl though they share the garden. We then added 3 more bantams to the second coop, all bantams were from the same guy.

    After a couple of weeks we noticed one of the bantams couldn't walk on her right leg, she would just fall over and couldn't balance. We checked her out and there were no signs of injury and her wings were fine, eyes were fine and she was eating, drinking and pooping totally normally apart from the leg just wouldn't work. We separated her from the others and kept her in an outbuilding where it was warmer and she continued to eat fine, poop fine, drink fine and everything apart from that leg she still couldn't use it.

    She's been inside for a few weeks now and when we checked on her today she is walking again?? She is a little wobbly but she is walking again and the leg is working!

    So now we don't know what to do? We thought it might be Mareks as that's what everyone was saying but other than the lame leg she had no other symptoms and now it seems to have gone? I contacted the guy we got her off and he said he had had no illnesses with any of his birds ever and none of our other birds have been ill or became ill.

    My partner wants to put her back with the others but I am worried that if it is Mareks she will give it to the others and they will all die but he seems to think that they would be ill by now if they could get it as she lived with them for a few weeks.

    About 3 of them are laying and the others are at point of lay so they are not babies but I am sure I read somewhere that even if they recover from Mareks they can never be put back with the other chickens? The guy we bought her off told us to just cull her ages ago but we love our birds they're like our pets and he just culls loads of his for the sake of it (cockerels etc) and we could never do that but she can't live alone forever either??

    If anyone has any experience of this I would be super grateful as Mareks doesn't seem to be that common in the UK, most people tend not to know about it?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I can't tell from your description if she really did have Mareks or if she just had an injury that she since recovered from.. I'm hoping it's the latter! I have some things here you can look at, to help you figure this out, and if you are still unsure do as Redsoxs suggested and ask the more knowledgeable people who hang out in the Emergencies section. Here are some threads etc on Mareks:



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  4. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
  5. skyblu

    skyblu Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2013
    Devon, UK
    Hi and welcome from another UK member. I lost a bird to Mareks and it wasn't anything like you described. Mine keeled over one night and apart from a few staggering steps the next day, never walked again. both legs seized up and she also lost use of her wings. Very nasty indeed. So whilst I'm no vet and can't say definitively that it wasn't Mareks, it does sound more like an injury to me. Mine presented with the classic 'one leg forward, one leg back' posture that is classic Marek's. Good luck I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope she continues to make a good recovery
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi Elaine, welcome to BYC.

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!!
    Glad you joined us!
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you've joined us.
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

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