Marek's and flock question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by seminolewind, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I my flock is Marek free, 1-2 years old. Maybe I buy a chicken. Would there be any way to know if it's a carrier? I mean you can quaranteen a chicken for 6 weeks, but is that going to assure someone that the chicken doesn't have Marek's?
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    There is no way that I know of. The only way they test for it is through necropsy, to see the tumors etc... You can however vaccinate older birds too, but no guarantees..... [​IMG] Mostly when they are are older they have experienced it in nature already, but not always..... it's a gamble
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    So I guess if you add an adult, there is never any way to know if they carry Marek's?
     

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