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Integrating Flock - disease possibility?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silkiechick05, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I have three silkie babies that are not vaccinated for marecks.


    I am soon going to get two delawares to add to my flock.


    What are the risks for my silkies?

    Will they contract the disease?



    Should i wait to integrate them until the have "age immunity"?


    Moderator:
    (I posted this in diseases two days ago, but got no replies. Should you close one of my threads, please close the one in "diseases" Thanks!)
     
  2. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Hey silkiechick05! I am not an expert on this subject, but I don't know if Marek's is the only thing to worry about - chickens are prone to many diseases. My advice is to keep the Dels away from the Silkies for 30 days - don't let them even share the same air space. If no one exhibits any signs of sickness it might then be safe to integrate the flock. Keep in mind that there are some diseases that don't exhibit until the bird is of a certain age - I've heard of people having an entirely healthy flock and then at about 5 months their birds start getting sick.

    For more info, search your subject in the handy dandy BYC search box up there on the right. You'll find tons of information that may be helpful to you. Good luck!
     
  3. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much CityClucks!

    I will definitely quarantine and see where that leads us!
     

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