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Marek's Disease - Can I prevent or sterilize my coop for Marek's?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by hennypenny99, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. hennypenny99

    hennypenny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    I have had chickens for about 3 years now.

    The first year went well. Nearly all my store bought chickens grew up with no problem.

    The second year I really got into silkies and incubating. I ordered eggs online and hatched them out myself. They did fine until about 8 - 16 weeks old and then I would go out to the coop and have MASS deaths. Sometimes I would notice a chicken laying around like it was paralized but often I would just go to feed or water and have dead chickens. I think it was probably Mareks.

    Last weekend I went and bought some Americanas (easter eggers) and some Maran's from some local people. They are not vaccinated for Mareks. I also ordered the Top Hat Special from Murray McMurray and I paid to have them vaccinated before they are shipped which will be next week.

    I have my chicks in the house right now because I am terrified of putting them in the coop. Now I haven't had a dead chicken in there for over 6 months but I am so afraid to use it. I can't keep chicks in the house forever and I have a nice little coop with a fenced yard.... any tips on how I can "clean" or "sterilize" it?

    I have already shoveled out all the old shavings and put in new and I raked all the leaves out of it that fell in the fall. Can I just bleach the heck out of it then let it air out for a bit or is nothing really going to help prevent my local bought chicks from catching it?

    Thanks.

    Also.... Do I need to keep my vaccinated top hats seperate from my non vaccinated local chicks?
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  3. Penwinkle Farms

    Penwinkle Farms New Egg

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    I am having the same problem I am looking for an answer also.
    Penny Smith
    Plymouth Ca
     

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