I'm hoping for a little insight from the great poultry community of BYC. Sorry if this is a bit long... Our original flock was a ramshackle mix of hand me downs, rescues, battery hens and the inevitable "ooooo that one looks cool!" at poultry swaps. This led to the sad but common outcome that we brought home MG with four pullets one day. We quarantined, they appeared healthy, they weren't. We had to cull our entire flock save the chicks who were always separate and have always appeared healthy and are now 6-7 months old and being tested. If they test positive, we start over. I has been heartbreaking. This is where my problem begins... where on earth (ok in Canada) do you find clean, guaranteed healthy birds? Today I told this story to a breeder near me who has a gorgeous Blue Silkie roo that I know my husband would adore. She told me she has had CRD go through her flock twice in the last year. That she culls the sick ones to try to prevent carriers. She has beautiful birds and I regard her as a respectable breeder. She's going to hang on to him. I'm considering testing him myself while she has him. Then quarantining, then testing again. However she also told me that this has been a bad year and that every breeder she knows has had a respiratory illness hit their flock. She knows a lot of people and I believe her. I have read many things stating that all birds have been exposed to mareks. Statistics showing extremely high percentages of birds testing positive for MG as carriers, etc. Is it true? There is no NPIP certification in Canada. Is all I can do, buy, quarantine, test, hope and possibly cull over and over? Is it truly possible to find and maintain healthy birds? Sorry for the loaded question!