Quarantined chicks and MG

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by labelcherky, May 2, 2016.

  1. labelcherky

    labelcherky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2015
    Last edited: May 15, 2016
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    To be on the safe side, i would cull the entire flock - better to be safe than sorry IMO and especially since you've culled the adults. Its what i should have done some time ago and didn't (rather optimistically and stupidly [​IMG]) in a similar situation.

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  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Culling for MG is a difficult decision. It can pass through hatching eggs, but in just a certain percentage. The hen that is raising them can be a carrier for life, so they could be exposed already. I would probably wait and see if anyone shows symptoms over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, Google MG in chickens, and read at lest the dirst page of articles about the disease. There are good articles from Merck Manual, The Poultry Site, University of FL, and Univ. of Maine. Then you can make a good decision. Many people have MG positive flocks, but they take care to close the flock to new birds or giving away carrier birds. Medicating sick birds with Tylan or oxytetracycline, or culling really sick birds. Fortunately MG does not remain alive in the environment for more than a few days.
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