Not an Emergency...Marek's in the Flock

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Haunted55, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Sorry for your loss. I'm hoping it was just an injury, not Mareks.
     
  2. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks. The X-ray showed a fracture on the spine and some swelling, so we think a larger bird pounced on the little guy. I had the necropsy done anyway to put my mind at ease if anything. Poor Junior :(
     
  3. genilou

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    Thanks everyone. We're pretty devastated. Awful waking up this morning without her. The vet was lovely. He gave her some gas so she didn't feel the needle. He was positive it was Marek's. Now just hoping Ruby will be ok. The vet said it would take her a month to accept that Tunes is gone and accept another chicken, so she'll be on her own for a while if the disease doesn't claim her too. Pretty awful seeing her call for Tunes. Heartbreaking all round at our place this morning.
     
  4. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry.
     
  5. hogster160

    hogster160 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so very sorry to hear this. It seems that you did the right thing for your chicken. I am very glad Purdue is doing the testing for you, please let us know how it turns out. Very smart to keep no birds in or out until you find out.


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  6. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Julie, I am so very sorry. Yes, you did the right thing and yes, it hurts and will for a while, but with an injury the chances of recovery are slim and quality of life is the more important consideration. I am glad to see the necropsy is being done as well. I hope you will still consider doing the vaccinations on your birds who are still with you. Some peace of mind can be bought for $20. You are also doing the right thing with nothing in or out. Wish more would do the same.
     
  7. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I am so sorry...
     
  8. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol, okay, knowing this was just a rant and knowing how some people react to the thought of Marek's I can almost agree with you. Almost because some of us have been told that the only way to ensure a flock able to survive and flourish is to take survivors from the initial outbreak and breed them and then their offspring and then their offspring unto the 8th generation. This will give all of the birds the genes needed to protect them from the strains of Marek's found where they are. Culling is fine, but it doesn't get rid of the disease. It still lurks everywhere the birds were in contact with. There are ways to 'clean' the property and coop but they are very, very time consuming and meticulous. So, if a responsible person, who knows they have Marek's in their flock has the need and the desire to keep chickens, there really aren't too many options available to them. You either decide to give it up completely and walk away from that dream, or you learn what needs be done to protect yours and everyone else's from this rotten disease. Some, I'll agree, would rather ignore what is slapping them upside their heads. They are the problem children in the equation and shouldn't be allowed to have birds, since they have shown a lack of responsibility and/or total disregard of how their actions affect other's lives. Here, if you showed up to see my animals...first off you would be met with a can of Lysol, then you would be given a painter's overall to put on along with plastic bags for your feet, hair covering, face mask and gloves. You would be able to go into one of the chicken houses but not the other poultry houses. Those, you would have to stand outside and view the birds through the windows. Extreme? Maybe, but I have only lost 2 birds to Marek's here this year and both were in the 'Control Groups' that are being bred from the survivors from last year.

    The point, some of us have no other options but to keep on, keeping on. Please don't lump us into the group of the irresponsible. We are trying to bring birds into the world that will have natural immunities/resistance to Marek's. If you knew that someone was raising birds that had this resistance to the strains of Marek's affecting the flocks in your area and you knew it might be the only way you could ever have chickens again....just please think about it. Okay, lol, end of my rant as well.
     
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  9. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree!! Even if I moved, I would probably still take my own birds, simply because I have already put so much work into them. I think that it is great that you continue to carry on, even with the problems you are having.
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Julie, Genilou, sorry for your losses. [​IMG]

    Genilou, It kinda sounds like your girl had a problem absorbing calcium and some hormonal problem as well. I would figure this comes with so much breeding for high yield. I doubt there was anything you could do. I believe that chickens draw their calcium from the bones, and the bones get calcium from what gets eaten. Could be that your hen had calcium depleted leg bones making her legs kinda useless.
     

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