What causes mereks? only 1/2 of my chicks were vaccinated for mereks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ging3rhoffman, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I seen a post where someones chicks got mereks and I was wondering what causes mereks. When I ordered my chicks I had them vaccinated for mereks, but a couple of days later I went to my feed store and they had chicks so I bought a few more and I called them later and they said there were Not vaccinated for mereks and there was no reason to vaccinate. They are all 6 weeks old now and no problems yet.
  2. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I would also like to know the answer.

  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Mareks disease is a virus. It is in the herpesvirus family. Causes paralysis and death. It is very common.
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    Mareks is in all chicks
    it just rears its head when they have high stress
    tooooo cold
    toooo hot
    and your vacinated birds won't hurt the not vaccinated ones
    so they will be fine together
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Marek's is extremely common, and most backyard folks may not even be aware their flock may have a version of it. It has several different forms, all of which can be fatal.

    This may be more than you wanted to know, but here's some good info:


    There is more and more discussion on the forum on whether or not to vaccinate, and there are many different opinions on this.

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