think I got newcastle disease, can I get input from those whos had it

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by red reaper, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. red reaper

    red reaper Out Of The Brooder

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    After some postings on here about my chickens suddenly quit laying, two chickens with crooked necks, gurgling, watery whites, and one dead this morning, I called the university of Mo. this morning,and talked with an expert. I told him I thought I had signs of Newcastle disease,and he quickly agreed. Said it will pass,but may take about 6 weeks for it to run its course. I may lose some of the weaker ones in the flock up to 10% or so. He said, egg production will resume after that, providing molting doesnt set in,and amount of light I have on them. I'm getting 1-3 eggs a day out of 30 hens, all of various ages,and breeds. Two weeks ago, I got a dozen a day.

    I'd like to get some opinions on those who have experienced this virus,and what the outcome was on your flocks. How long it will be before I can add to the flock without having them get sick. Thank you. Sure dissapointing to get your first flock,with new coop,fencing,and lots of customers wanting eggs,and then find out they are sick.[​IMG]
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I haven't heard about this disease, but I will be looking into it. So, obviously i can't offer any support.

    Hopefully your pulleets will be better soon.
     
  3. Never heard of it,so can't help, but hope your chicks get well soon.[​IMG] marrie
     
  4. red reaper

    red reaper Out Of The Brooder

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    speckledhen, Thats a link to END, or Exotic newcastle disease. That disease isnt supposed to be in the US at the moment,and is the death sentence strain of this named disease. The disease I think I have is Endemic Newcastle disease, much much milder,and very common according to the proffesor at the University of MO., he sent me to a lady at the USDA center in charge of poultry disease. They want me to bring a chicken that shows signs of the problem,and perform tests to see exatly what disease it is, free of charge. This way they can possibly prevent any outbreak of Exotic newcastly disease if one should occur in the US.

    They also said it could be a combination of cocidiosis together, more great news,however the university is two hours away from here, dont know whether to pay the fuel to run down there or not. Since its probably a virus there wont be much to do about it anyway.

    Surely some of you guys have had this disease if its very common, what happend to the outcome to your flocks? did you lose very many hens? did they resume egg laying? how long did it take to go through and take its course?
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    See there, I learned something! I thought that it was the same disease. Thanks. Hope you get it figured out, red.
     
  6. red reaper

    red reaper Out Of The Brooder

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    Cynthia, I may be wrong on the endemic first name, I think thats what he called it. either way, there is two strains from what I understand, one very very bad in other countries,and the mild strain here in the US. by the way, I have "blue ridge mountain blues" bluegrass song stuck in my head from reading your sig. line [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    by the way, I have "blue ridge mountain blues" bluegrass song stuck in my head from reading your sig. line

    LOL. [​IMG]
     

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