How to clean after MG/MS

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by katiek, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. katiek

    katiek Songster

    Nov 4, 2008
    Wildwood, GA
    Hello everyone,

    It's very saddening for me to say that I recently decided to depopulate my flock. I made the mistake of taking some chickens from a neighbor and brought MG into my flock. One by one they started getting sick and we contacted the Poultry Lab in our state. They mailed us some swabs, and the tests came back positive for MG and MS. After much debating, research, and tears, we decided to depopulate because I often work with rehabilitating birds of prey and I do not want to spread the disease.

    We cried and cried for days as we culled our precious pet chickens. They all had names and stories.

    Now, it's time to clean the coop. We have let it sit for about a week and a half, because I just couldn't bring myself to go out to the coop. For the first time in 7 years, there are no chickens on this farm.

    Does anyone have any information on how to clean the coops now and when it will be safe to bring in new chickens? The vet at the poultry lab told me that the virus can't live for more than 3 days without a host. I have removed all the litter from the coops, but do I now need to scrub or spray with something? We have wooden floors, walls, roosts and nest boxes, and there are many windows with chicken wire. It seems like spraying wood with bleach water might not be effective. What about the outside run areas?

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you everyone,

  2. Eggsoteric

    Eggsoteric Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Anytime I want to do a thorough disinfecting, I use Virkon S (it's a DuPont product). So sorry you're going thru this.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The vet at the poultry lab is correct. Here's a link for you to read, please read the second paragraph in particular:
    Sorry for your losses and heartache.
  4. Thespoiledchicken

    Thespoiledchicken Songster

    Sep 12, 2011
    Long Island
    I am so sorry for your loss [​IMG]

    If it were me I would spray oxine on everything and leave the runs empty for a few weeks.


  5. katiek

    katiek Songster

    Nov 4, 2008
    Wildwood, GA
    Thank you everyone for the kind words and cleaning advice. Right now I am trying to get the little dust particles out of every nook and cranny....makes me want to redesign my chicken coops.

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