Testing for Marek's

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickens102403, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. chickens102403

    chickens102403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys, I had a flock of 12 or 13 chickens but about 3 months ago one got sick. First I noticed her comb paling then I could not get her to stand, eat, or drink. Soon she started to vomit and died in a week. Since then I have lost 2 more chickens that had the same symptoms. Now another is sick. I did some research and found that it sounds like Marek's. I was wondering if it sounds like that to you guys too. And if so, what should I do? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
    P.s. I live in California, so weather is not a factor.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    In California, necropsies are free to state residents (up to 2 a year I believe.) I would check out this link to read about it, in case you lose another: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/799747/how-to-send-a-bird-for-a-necropsy-pictures

    You can also get a blood test done by a local vet, and send it off to a testing facility such as Texas A&M for a PCR test for Mareks:
    http://tvmdl.tamu.edu/tests_services/test_info.php?unit_id=1349

    Here are some links to read about the symptoms of Mareks disease:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000791_Rep813.pdf
     
  3. chickens102403

    chickens102403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! I know about the necropsy testing, I got it done one the second one that died, but they said that the results were inconclusive. I will look into the blood testing though. But do they have to be dead to get that done?
     

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