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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheYLWFlock, Sep 14, 2018.
Ok sounds good!
So they received her and did the necropsy and they have not found any significant changes yet, so they are sending a variety of tissues for microscopic examination to check for Marek’s and other potential diseases. Wish us luck!!
Unfortunately it has been rainy and wet for the past few days so I haven’t been able to clean with the Virkon, but I will try on Sunday when it’s supposed to be nice weather.
I hope you find your answers
I have used Virkon in our wooden coop. Didn’t seem to hurt the wood or the birds and the mystery respiratory illness I had in my flock has not happened again. I just kept the birds out until it dried really well and aired out.
Great to hear! Thank you!
Update: sprayed the coop very thoroughly with the Virkon mixture, still awaiting results from the necropsy/tissue tests.
Results are in, it was Mareks, but it’s it was mostly affecting the sciatic nerve and her neurological system. Here, I screenshotted the email they sent with all of the fancy terminology that is difficult for me to understand (I had to consult my dad, haha) I’m going to put the pictures once as full image and again as thumbnails if you need to zoom in more.
So I guess my question is, what now? I’ve done a full scrub down in the coop with soapy water, followed by a thorough drenching with Virkon, I’m trying to keep them as happy and healthy and stress free as possible, im thinking I should probably de-worm them soon, what do you think? They are about 6 months old and I read that’s a good age to do it at just for extra precautions. How should I go about doing this? Any others things I should do to make sure they are all healthy and happy? I’m adding an extension to their run so that they will have more space in winter time with the snow. Any ideas? Should I reclean the coop with more Virkon? When should I switch to layer feed? They all seem good the only thing is that Ruth hasn’t laid an egg since Friday (I checked for egg binding and didn’t feel anything, she’s walking and acting completely normal and happy) but I posted a thread about it, and it was decided that she’s getting used to her laying pattern, and is taking a break after laying very nicely for 2 1/2 weeks. Sorry for so many questions, but thank you amazing, incredible, wonderful, miraculous, life-saving, beautiful, super-duper-helpful, awesome BYC members that have helped me through this so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m talking about you @KikisGirls @casportpony @rebrascora @Wyorp Rock @Eggcessive @WVduckchick and anyone else I may have accidentally missed. THANK YOU!!!!! )
It's good that you got the report back. Even though it's sad, you now know for sure what you are dealing with.
@rebrascora I'm sure will chime in with tips.
I think you have done a good job by treating the housing with the Virkon. I think that once for now is adequate. You may want to do another clean up in a few months.
Adding more space and trying to keep them as stress free as possible will help too
As for when to switch to layer - that is really up to you. Personally, if I were going to use layer feed, I would wait until all have started laying, but feed is a personal choice. I use a Flock Raiser feed which is usually higher in protein than layer. Limit treats and I would give poultry vitamins every couple of weeks too.
New layers can take some time off, so I would just keep watch on Ruth. If she is active, eating/drinking and being normal, then she's taking a break.
I'm interested to see what others have to say.
Yes it’s sad, but honestly, I’m just so glad I know.
Yes I’m hoping that @rebrascora will add her VERY VALUABLE opinions and advice, haha.
I will be starting on the run extension ASAP, any other ideas for keeping hem happy/stress free and healthy? What did you think about de-worming them?
Ok I’ll wait until they are all laying, or maybe I’ll switch the Flck Raiser once they finish off their current feed, less treats is happening right now. What types of vitamins do you recommend? Any other supplements of medications to keep them happy and healthy?
Yes Ruth is actively foraging, eating, drinking, seems the good old happy Ruth that we know!
If anyone else has ideas/advice anything helps, so please let me know!