Sad Message about my Chickens

coffeemama

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Mar 5, 2008
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My chickens have been dropping like flies for the past few months. We had them for over 10 years with no problems- only lost on hen in that time to a raccoon and the other hens all lived past 10 years old. Anyway, we found that the culprit is Mareks. A warning to new chicken owners- buy vaccinated chicks that have been properly quarantined. We had to put down our pets and will try to start over next year with vaccinated chicks. Mareks is everywhere and even if you don't have it, and rodent or bird can bring it to your property. Beware.
 

Wynette

Crowing
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12 Years
Sep 25, 2007
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I'm so very sorry for you!

I do vaccinate for Mareks - all the chicks I hatch, even though I've never had a case of it on my property (to my knowledge). It is around...everywhere....
 

coffeemama

Barista Queen
11 Years
Mar 5, 2008
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It made me sick-I had three young pullets and a 25 weeks old splash JG that was beautiful. I also had the sweetest older SLW hen
 

vnploveschickens

Songster
11 Years
Feb 12, 2009
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Sonoma County, Northern Calif
Hi Coffeemama, I am so sorry for your loss. I also lost 3 chickens to Marek's last year. We had just started out too. We made a promise to always get chicks that were vaccinated against Marek's.

You take care. It'll be better next year.




Val
 

Kim_NC

Songster
10 Years
Jan 27, 2009
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Mt Airy, NC
So sorry to hear that. Hope your new flock does well next year.

Marek's is everywhere. We buy vaccinated chicks and vaccinate our own hatches.
 

chickenlittle32

Songster
10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
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Rayne Louisiana
So sorry to hear of your loss...I am having the same problem right now because I just got 25 chicks I ordered 2 months ago and they started dying...all bc of vitamins/electrolytes...
 

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