Not that I know of, or at least I didn't get pictures of that. But I guess if it's Mareks it will come out of the tissue test now anyways.Did she expose his sciatic (femoral) nerves, and take samples there?
I thought it wasn't possible to vaccinate older birds for Mareks? Or at least the vaccine wouldn't properly work then. If I've read it correctly them being exposed to the dander won't necessarily make them develop the symptoms especially not if they're already a bit older?That is a nice memorial for Phil. If Phil did have Mareks, any new flock members will be exposed to the disease from dust and dander in the environment. Wonder if she could get them vaccinated for Mareks? It takes 2 weeks for them to develop immunity from the vaccine, so if she could do that and wait the 2 weeks before delivering them to you, they might have a good chance to not get the disease symptoms.
I've read up on a lot of scientific articles about Mareks lately, but even them some topics are still a riddle to me. I absolutely support vaccinating and I will immediately do so when I have chicks of my own, but I thought it wasn't very useful to vaccinating after 5 months anyway. Adding unvaccinated chickens to a Mareks positive flock looks like a hit or miss from what I find online. In any case the results should be in before they're coming to me, so I'll ask the vet to be sure.I am not an expert on Mareks, but if the chickens have not been exposed in their previous environment, I understand that they could still develop immunity to the disease if they are vaccinated. It is true that vaccinating is best as day old chicks, but I would still vaccinate them before they come to you. Vaccinating is a controversial topic for all chicken owners. I get it done when ordering new chicks. I do not know how easy it is to obtain the Mareks vaccine in Belgium. In the US we can order it online.
Older birds are a bit less likely to develop symptoms, but as I understand it, any chicken any age can still get Mareks symptom 3 or more weeks after being exposed. I am sure some will disagree with vaccinating the newcomers, but that is my opinion.