MG and ILT info?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by orpfun, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. orpfun

    orpfun In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2018
    My chickens have an upper resiptory disease. i am treating them as a closed flock for now and will cull late spring/early summer. just using them for eating eggs. When i cull i will send off 2 or 3 birds to get tested. I want to plan on getting eggs to hatch after this but have googled for information on how long the coop and runs etc have to be empty for each disease and have not been able to find any information about it. anyone know what the time line is for MG and ILT for the diseases not to be present in surroundings anymore? Thanks for the help.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
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  3. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Dealing with respiratory viruses is easier than some others such as Marek's and leucosis. Your biggest challenge will be soil where viruses can survive much longer than on solid surfaces. If the dirt is in sunny areas, the sunlight will take care of it.

    Oxine is a good disinfectant to use after culling an infected flock. When activated with citric acid, it can kill viruses as well as bacteria and fungus on most surfaces. Spraying on the soil will help, but you need to allow it to dry thoroughly after treating with activated Oxine since it's toxic to chickens while still damp.
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  4. orpfun

    orpfun In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2018
    thankyou! This is exactly info I was looking for.
    And yes.realise they are carriers for life, that's the reason for the cull. I may cull a few in spring and.send.them in to test so I know what I'm dealing with beforehand and.can plan according.
    Thanks again for the Info!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    What symptoms do the sick birds have? If it is something like infectious bronchitis, it can only make them carriers for 5 months to a year after recovery. Mycoplasma (MG) only remains infectious about 3 days on equipment, clothes, shoes, hair, etc once the chickens and other poultry are gone. Coryza is about the same. ILT can last a little longer, maybe for months, especially if there are frozen droppings on the ground. VirkonS, available in single packets is used to clean equipments and to disinfect when there are diseases. Sorry that you are dealing with this.

    MG is pretty much everywhere, and it could be possible to cull your flock and get it again through wild birds in your area. It doesn’t always affect a lot of birds in a flock, in mild strains, as some of the other diseases can. I would be tempted to get a single bird or two necropsied, and then think about what to do from there. Of course, that is just my opinion, and it depends on the symptoms you are seeing. For me, if was dealing with ILT or coryza, I would cull and start over.
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