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Seeking Mycoplasma free eggs or chicks

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by BeardedLadyFarm, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Due to a chronic Mycoplasma problem and another viral problem that have entered my very mixed poultry flock I culling 100% of my birds and starting over. I am working with state vets and other industry experts and this is their recommendation which I support as I am moving soon and want a clean start. Never fear my peas have a new home that has mycoplasma already. They are being given to the new owner with full disclosure.

    I am looking for India Blue, White, and Cameo (or something similar) eggs preferably. I will consider chicks or started birds from certified and tested facilities.

    I am an experienced chicken breeder and incubator. I have only owned adult peafowl before but I suspect they were what infected my birds in the first place. I can't blame them entirely but things got more deadly after they arrived. I am tired of playing antibiotic roulette!

    I am looking for solid colored birds. No pieds. No Spaildings either as I am in Upstate NY and may be moving to Vermont and every bit of cold hardiness helps. The blues can be split for cameo or other solid color recessive genes.

    Ultimately I want a trio of each color so maybe 4 chicks or 6+ eggs. If you or someone you know has such stock and can put me on your list please let me know. I am looking to reserve birds for this season.

    Many thanks!
    Bailey in Cobleskill NY.
     
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  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Sorry to hear about your situation, hopefully some one here will be able to help you out with clean stock, keep checking back, it gets kinda slow here when they stop laying and we stop hatching but will start picking up around march and April when alot of our peas start laying again.
    I have never had an incident of Mycoplasma but i do believe that it can be passed on threw an egg of infected hens so i would make sure the flocks you get your eggs from are tested and they abide by the rules and not add untested birds to their flocks.

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  3. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Yes it can be transmitted through the egg though it is a low rate of transmission. If the hen is on antibiotics and/or the eggs are injected with antibiotics you can get that transmission rate down to nearly zero.

    Before moving I will be doing this with my 5 breeds of chickens so I can save my bloodlines. It is a hit to the wallet but it is for the best since we sell breeding stock.
     
  4. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    And thanks for the welcome! I have been quiet for a couple of years but check in from time to time!
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    I've been thinking about having my peafowl tested for mycoplasma, so if they test clean I might have some eggs in the spring.

    -Kathy
     
  6. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Great Kathy!

    Mycoplasma / CRD can generally be managed well enough but it does cause losses and does spread.

    If you ever see swollen or bubbly eyes, hear wheezing or sneezing or have ever needed to treat for a "cold" you may have it. I hope not though!

    It's truly this other virus (ILT) that is the reason for the cull. And I want to make sure I start with squeaky clean birds since we do sell.
     
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    What is ILT ?
     
  8. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Infectious Laryngotracheitis, ILT

    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/83/infectious-laryngotracheitis-ilt

    It is generally a commercial factory farm disease that has been showing up more in hobby flocks. There was a big outbreak at the NY state fair evidently. I had 100 or so young chickens and bantams in a coop and lost about 70 in a few day period. The deaths have stopped but I have carriers for sure. They go from no symptoms to dead in matter of hours.

    Luckily viral diseases don't transmit through the egg so I can hatch replacements from my breeders before the cull using extreme bio security.
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow that is some bad stuff, i never heard of it before.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Quote:I've been lucky so far, but the feedstore I go to had some sort of respirtory outbreak last year and all of their peafowl where sick as where some turkeys and chickens. All but two recovered after being treated with Tylan, so I'm guessing MG, but I'll never know because he won't get his birds tested. I guess my next task is to learn how to draw blood, That should be interesting, lol. -Kathy
     
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