Hi all, I have an 11-week old hen who is a Marek's survivor. All 12 chicks were vaccinated at the hatchery (HVT/IBD/RISPENS), and one stopped eating, stopped growing and became immobile at week 4. Since Chava (the chicken) wasn't immediately isolated (my own ignorance) I presume all 12 were exposed to the virus in the brooder. The other 11 are not symptomatic and now all out in the coop/run/free-ranging. Chava's legs were fully paralyzed (and classically splayed) and one wing was "droopy" from June 13th until last week. Early on, the vet said "it's Marek's, cull her." I didn't. Research [mostly] said "it's Marek's, it's not treatable." I treated and provided supportive care (most of which I learned or extrapolated from BYC!). Over the last 3-4 days Chava began swinging her legs, gripping w/ her toes, controlling her tail and wing feathers, developing new feathers, gaining weight, preening like she was going somewhere fancy, re-learning balance and ... wait for it ... bearing her weight and shuffling along like a toddler learning to walk. This morning she outran me down the hall. The whole treatment and supportive care story is long; I'm a nerd and so documented every aspect of everything I tried, all the effects, all the successes and failures and stupidities ... I'm considering putting it all together in case it helps anyone in the same boat. But that's for another time. Here's my question at this point: Chava wants to rejoin the flock. But I forgot something important in my excitement: she's a carrier for life and will continue to shed the virus. I think that they were all exposed to the virus in the brooder together when Chava first exhibited symptoms, and have been under the impression that their vaccines insulated them from becoming symptomatic. They're all probably carriers, given my reasoning. But anyway - reintegration is re-exposure. Sooooo .... anyone have any thoughts on reintegrating a Marek's chicken w/ the entire flock, who were probably exposed and have been vaccinated? I go back and forth: does the risk to the flock outweigh the benefit of reintegration to Chava? How sure am I that they've all been exposed (pretty sure)? If they've been exposed once, and are exposed again, does that mean anything, or is that initial exposure and lack of symptoms mean they'll stay asymptomatic? ?????? I've been so totally absorbed in wondering if Chava was going to live, and then if she'd ever regain use of her legs, and then the degree of recovery, that I really honestly failed to consider what to do if she totally fully recovered. Uhm ... it sort of snuck up on me in a fantastic sort of way. (I was prepared for her to remain a super-special-needs chicken.) Any guidance is much appreciated. Theories are fine too, since those are what I've been operating under for weeks, now. ShyPeep.