Hi, everyone. I have just received the worst news a chicken owner can probably get. My flock has tested positive for Marek's -- Marek's antibodies, at least. I really need some support from other chicken people right now, and I'd like to ask you all what you think about this problem. Here is the situation: I have a flock of 35 breeder Seramas that was exposed to a bird who was showing signs of Marek's. I drew blood samples from 8 of the 35 birds and sent them in the UC Davis CAHFS lab for Marek's antibody testing. I figured this would give me a wide enough cross section of the population to safely extrapolate those results to the rest of the flock. All 8 samples came back positive for Marek's antibodies. I believe it is safe to assume all my birds have the antibodies based on these results. Needless to say, it has been a difficult thing to go through today. Not many people are aware that there is a blood test for Marek's. I've discussed the test and it's inherent benefits and draw backs here on BYC before. Here is a thread I started talking about it, to give you some background on the test. Please note that the test I had done was the one done on a blood sample, not the one done on a feather follicle. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...nks-their-bird-might-have-mareks#post_8110082 Now, the real question . . . where do I go from here? I was working toward building a business with my Serama breeding, and I have acquired some truly beautiful birds from a couple of great breeders. I was just at the point where I was about to start selling Seramas, and now this crushing blow. What's more, they are just sweetheart birds. I absolutely adore them. What would you do at this point? I have thought a lot about this, although I'm still kind of in shock at this point, and have some idea of what I'm probably going to do, but I'd like some independent opinions to add to the equation. Please, if you have any suggestions, or just support to offer, it would mean a lot. I have made a poll with some different suggestions I think people might give me. Please do not judge me for options on this poll you disagree with. I do not favor some of these options myself, but I am trying to get a good idea of what everyone thinks from this poll, and that means including everything I can think of regardless of my personal opinions. Thank you in advance, my friends. EDITED TO ADD: While re-reading some of these responses, I realized that I had neglected to include a bit of information that may influence the situation more than I had previously assumed. I was so overwhelmed by the results of the blood test that I forgot to consider the other part of the equation. So here it is: I have been doing research into Marek's, testing methods, and stalling my business transactions -- including having birds sent to me that I've already purchased -- ever since my birds were first exposed to the bird I suspected of having Marek's. I just looked back at my calendar to find out when that was. They were exposed in mid November. It has been over nine weeks already, and nobody has shown any Marek's symptoms. I have lost two birds since then. The first girl I lost to egg peritonitis. I sent her in for a necropsy and they made that determination. I mentioned I thought there might be Marek's in my flock, and they didn't report finding any evidence of Marek's in her necropsy. The second bird I lost was a micro Serama who I believe was simply too small. She was approaching point of lay and could still fit in your two hands closed together. Other than that, I have had difficulty completely eradicating some mites, and one girl had to recover after laying too big of an egg that tore her bottom. But no signs of Marek's in my flock since when they *might* have been exposed in November. Other than what I mentioned above, everybody is healthy and feisty as ever. I thought I should put this information here, and see if you think this makes any difference.