Need Advice...........

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cristina33, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need some advice, I think my silkie flock has mareks. I cant sell anyone who makes it because that would be so WRONG. But I really want to have a healthy flock. Could I hatch babies and vacinate them would they be ok? Or is my yard contaminated forever? I am at a loss as what to do. Do ducks carry the virus or are they sellable?

    Cristina
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You didn't even mention what symptoms are present. I'd say you need to be sure what is going on before you make any decisions. Silkies, I believe, have a cranial defect, like Polish, and sometimes this causes neurological problems.
     
  3. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh I am praying its something else but to be honest I think I am grabbing at straws. The chickens get weak lose the use of there legs get poopy bums and die within 3 days. The either end up doing the splits sideways or the legs go to one side. But in the end they die within 3 days of poopy bums and leg issues. I have lost almost 10 birds within the last 5 months. [​IMG]
     
  4. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you need to talk to a Vet and make sure that's what's going on before you make any more plans. HUGS.
     
  6. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know its mareks , just wishing it was something else
     
  7. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to verify send one for Necropsy. Some state universities do it for free. From what I understand Marek's is pretty much in the soil, it is spread by wild birds. If you have chickens they have it, they just don't have symptoms. It takes a week after vaccination for immunity to build up so if they were immunized and kept in the house for at least one week they would probably be ok. I woudn't sell survivors of your current flock though. If they do survive they can be kept though. I wouldn't kill them in other words.

    I have a chicken that is having trouble walking so have done a little, and just a little, research on Marek's. Check on my info although I think it is correct. Trust but verify!
     
  8. Lifestyle Lift Journey

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    Poor chickens...
    It sounds painful to watch for the owners too.

    I hope everything goes well soon with proper treatment.
     

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