What do you do to prevent Marecks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Amfibus, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Amfibus

    Amfibus Out Of The Brooder

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    I have lost 5 silkies over the past two months. They were not all in the same pen but close. They became lathargic and can't hold their heads up. I give them sav-a-chick by syring. I have almost 40 chickens of all ages. 2 that died were what I call teenagers and 3 that were older.

    Can anyone help me figure out what is going on.
     
  2. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The next one that dies I would recommend having a necropsy done. Most state extensions have a vet that will perform them for free or for just a small fee. That way, you will know exactly what you are dealing with. So sorry for all your losses [​IMG]

    As for Marek's, the only prevention is immunization that is given at one day of age. Marek's is everywhere, in the soil and air. I read somewhere that if your chicken breaths, it has been exposed to Marek's. Good quality feed, low stress and good sanitary practices are all ways to help combat Marek's.
     

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