Question about Marek's disease

Boss8

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Wondering how prevalent Marek's disease is in backyard flocks...I had received 3 pullets from Murry McMurry hatcheries about 12 days ago, one had symptoms of Marek's ... Very concerned about my other 7 that are one year old...they were vaccinated but I know they can still contact it...thanks
 

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I wouldn’t worry about Mareks at 12 days old, since symptoms usually do not show up until months later. More than likely, you may be seeing signs of shipping stress. I would give poultry bitamins and electrolytes in the water. Get the chick drinking fluids by dipping it’s beak for a second over and over several times an hour. Make sure it does not have pasty butt, a blocked vent. What is the temperature of your brooder?
 

Boss8

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These girls are 15 week old pullets from the hatchery...I did the vitamins and one could not stand she was worse after two days, legs spayed so I decided to put her out of her misery the other 2 seem fine .they are in separate cage away from other flock...but worried to death this could be Marek's...thank for your help! MaryAnn
 

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