Non Emergency. Does Mareks make chickens hungrier?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kperki, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. kperki

    kperki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi,
    I am wondering if Mareks increases apatite in chickens. I was just told one of my hens died of Mareks. She had the tumors. It seems like a lot of my other chickens are acting very hungry and nothing has changed except some might be starting to molt. I am new to this and now very paranoid..
    Thanks
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Never heard of Mareks' making them hungrier, though once the spasms start, or the paralysis, of course they probably would be hungrier during the small windows of opportunity to eat; leukosis makes them hungrier when they can eat, between the periods of pain and nausea; but moulting also makes them hungrier as their bodies are putting a large demand on them both for heating due to feather loss, and resource acquisition for feather growth. If they're moulting and hungrier I would just assume that is all that is going on, most likely.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. kperki

    kperki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you chooks for life. That makes sense.
     

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