Not An Emergency- Marek's Soil Cure???

Leihamarie

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I just spoke to a local chicken breeder who assures me that raising a turkey with my chicken flock will naturally inoculate my Marek's Diseased land, and will render the virus harmless to my incoming chicks. Anyone heard of this??? I tried to find info online about it, but so far have only found an article on turkey's contracting fatal HVT from land where broilers were previously kept. It seems like an awesome deal if in fact it will be effective! Anyone have experience with this or can point me to an article about it???
 

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I have turkeys, I have also had Mareks birds, even with turkeys one shows up occasionally. We had to cull one last year for showing Mareks symptoms. I have read the same thing. Turkey supposedly can carry a less virulent strain of Mareks that will inoculate chickens. From my experiences it isn't 100%, and I'm not sure how you could prove whether it works or not. Turkeys require their own care, keeping them with your chickens comes with its own problems, and turkeys can harass and even kill chickens.
 

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Well on the other hand
Turkeys kept with or before chickens or after chickens.
(1) turkeys raised with chickens will get Blackhead as chickens carry the disease germs effecting the turkeys with blackhead.
(2) the chickens raised on the ground that turkeys are put on still may pick up the Blackhead disease in the soil or chicken house unles thourghly ceaned house and then put kerosene and carr oil mix with paint brush to all the cracks of the chicken house to fumigate the germs out. Let building dry out before putting poults or chicks in there.

(3) If you do raise turkeys with chicks do so only two weeks as that will allow them time to recover from the disease scare!

(4) NOW HERE IS WHAT IWOULD DO FOR ALL BIRDS CHICKS TWO WEEKS OR OLDER AND TURKEY POULTS 2 WEEKS AND OLDER:

(5)
WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE FOR CHICKENS WITH ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS
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WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE FOR YOUR CHICKENS HEALTH.
ACV by Bragg's is sold by Amazon and at Walmart. (remember to get Bragg's as it has the "brown mother" in the bottom of the bottle.)

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My Daughter JoAnna Mertz feeds this wet mash probiotic several times a week to our 10 hens, 5 buff orpingtons 5plymouth rocks, and they are eating it up in 30 minutes.

To make the WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE HERE IT IS
(A) TAKE 2 CUPS OF DRY CRUMBLES OR PELLETS,
(B) 1 TSP OF DRY FLAX SEED MEAL (THAT IS FOR HUMANS)
(C) PUT 4 CUPS OF water, 1 tbsp of dry flax seed meal,
(D) AND 2 TBSP OF THE UNPASTURIZED ACV.

(E) ALSO 1 /2 CUP OF UNFLAVORED YOUGART.

(F) MIX GOOD. PUT IT IN GLASS CONTAINER, AND KEEP ON THE COUNTER OVER NIGHT.

(G) IF IN THE MORNING YOU CAN ADD MORE WATER TO THE MIX TO MAKE IT SOLUBLE, like cookie dough, not soupy,

(H) DO NOT MAKE IT SOUPY AS CHICKENS DO NOT LIKE IT SOUPY.

(I) IF THE MIX IS OKAY IN THE MORNING AND NOT TOO DRY FEED IT IN THE GLASS CONTAINER SO ALL THE CHICKENS CAN GET TO IT.

(J I USED 2 VERY LARGE GLASS PIE PLATES. AND THEN CLEAN THE PIE PLATES BY BRING THEM BACK TO THE HOUSE.

(K) FEED THIS AMOUNT TO EACH CHICKEN 3 tbsp of mix when wet, so make your recipe to fit all amount of chickens to be fed

(L) WHEN MIXING FOR 1 CHICKEN DO THISIE: take 3 tbsp of dry feed and add 6 tbsp of milk, 1/4 tsp of dry flax seed meal, 1 tbsp of yougart plain kind, 1 tsp ACV,

(M) NOW IF THE CHICKEN IS SICK ADD THIS TO THE WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE

(N) 1 Vit E capsule buy cutting end of capsule off and squeezing it into the wet mix.
(O) 1-Vit B tablet crushed in table spoon and add a little water to disolve crushed tablet and then add to wet mash

(P) 1- Selenium tablet crushed in tbsp and add little water to it and then add to wwet mash.
(Q) now mx good and feed sick chuicken evey day for 7 days

(R) now feed it 5 times for second week.

(S) then 2 times a week for life

(T) feed all healthy chickens 2 times a week for life WITH VITAMINS ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS

THIS WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE CAN BE FED TO CHICKENS and turkeys.
ALL THE TIME EACH WEEK AND HELPS KEEP THEM HEALTHY

(A) WHEN HEALTHY AND WELL FEED COMPLETE FLOCK 2 TIMES A WEEK AND
(B) do not give vitamins but once every two week with the wet mash probiotic recipe.

(C)AND A NOTE WHEN FEeDING IT FOR COCCIDIOSIS CHICKS OR CHICKENS:

(1) A NOTE HERE IS ABOUT WHEN CHICKENS HAVE COCCIDIOSIS YOU HAVE TO WAIT TILL THEY ARE OFF THE MEDICATION AT THE END OF 7 DAYS TO GIVE THE VITAMIS BECAUSE OF THIS FACT:
(2) IE::
Amprolium interferes with the coccidia oocyst’s ability to metabolise vitamin B so you may need to provide your chickens with a vitamin B supplement following treatment – but don’t give them this during treatment as you might render it ineffective.
 

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turkeys raised with chickens will get Blackhead as chickens carry the disease germs effecting the turkeys with blackhead.
Not entirely true... some people do raise turkeys and chickens together and don't have a problem with blackhead. Other people, like me, do occasionally see cases of blackhead.
 

Leihamarie

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I have turkeys, I have also had Mareks birds, even with turkeys one shows up occasionally. We had to cull one last year for showing Mareks symptoms. I have read the same thing. Turkey supposedly can carry a less virulent strain of Mareks that will inoculate chickens. From my experiences it isn't 100%, and I'm not sure how you could prove whether it works or not. Turkeys require their own care, keeping them with your chickens comes with its own problems, and turkeys can harass and even kill chickens.

Thanks! I was just curious to see if anyone else has had experience in this. It's the first time I've heard of it. I'm considering a midget white turkey raised as a pet with my flock.
 

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Turkeys that imprint on humans or chickens can become aggressive with both. A single turkey will be a lonely turkey. I recommend keeping them in their own pen and run to avoid problems. I have had turkeys raised with chickens kill them.
 

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