What exactly does breed for resistance mean?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kathyinmo, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:SO, by going to a show or the feed store .... everyone is at risk. Go to the feed store, then sell chicks you hatched a couple weeks prior, and not knowingly you have sold potentially sick chicks. Correct?

    This is sooooooo confusing to me. Resistance or immunization, such a tough decision!

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  2. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Resistance does mean the bird gets sick, doesn't die from the sickness, & pass on the genes that they carry, that made them survive in the first place...

    If your fowl gets sick from Mareks, Laryngo or Coryza and survive they will most likely be carriers of the disease.

    Hence the reason for my second post. Likewise, if those that do survive, that gene will be passed onto their offspring, makin' them more resistant to the disease.

    Being a "carrier" genetically speaking, doesn't mean that they will still "carry" a disease, it that they carry a strong gene that helped them survive the disease.

    But I fully understand the context of which you've used it, & how it's being used in this thread.
     
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:In my way of looking at it - they could be either. I don't vaccinate because I have over 300 different birds of all ages, breeds, and sizes running around. I would be spending every waking moment vaccinating. DH and I are at the feed store daily. From what I've read, people track home diseases from there, hence they are the carriers. I can't possibly vaccinate my flocks from every potential "bug" that might get tracked back to the farm so my flocks and herds need to develop as much natural immunity as possible. If not, I guess they are goners if a real disease hits.

    But, as I posted earlier, I already know something is different about my animals. My uncle & cousin raise meat goats. They are now having to use a really high potency chemical wormer, every month now just to keep them alive. I don't even want to think about what's in the meat and people buy his goats to eat. But I've never wormed mine. The difference is most likely that his are kept in a fenced area and mine are roaming the woods and pastures at will. To me, I'm breeding for natural resistance.

    My opinion is that worms and cocci are not, "diseases." I will always treat for these 2 things. Just as I will treat for any parasites (lice or mites). I dust my birds with poultry dust every couple months or so, and sprinkle it in the bedding and dusting holes. I don't believe there is "resistance," to these things, as far as I know. Just like humans can get head lice, there wouldn't be resistance.

    Of course worms and cocci are different from "diseases" I was just using it as an example. However, the same applies to the wormers - they are potent chemicals (POISONS) and eventually cease to work and you have to switch to something stronger and/or more frequent because the worms build up a resistance.

    Naturally healthy animals can resist worms, parasites, and disease better than sick/weak animals.

    By the way, I'm loving this discussion. Not vaccinating, especially my dear little goats, is something I've struggled with, but, for now, it's the decision I've made.
     
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I just wanted to comment on what you said about people worming goats every 3 months and their goats are still dying from worms. It is because the worms are getting resistant to the worm medicines. Horses have this issue also. It has been recommended for years to always rotate the type (not just the brand name) of wormer that you use. This was supposed to help prevent worms from getting resistant. However, it is starting to happen anyway, I guess because not everyone does rotate, but keeps using the same wormer all the time. Anyway, now equine vets are recommending doing a stool analysis to see exactly what worms your horse has before you treat it. That way you are targeting the right worm with the right medicine. This will delay the inevitable for a time, but not forever. Worms will eventually get resistant to every worm medication on the market. I don't know what will happen then, I just hope it's not in my horse's lifetime.
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:Resistance does mean the bird gets sick, doesn't die from the sickness, & pass on the genes that they carry, that made them survive in the first place...

    Quote:Immediate culling from the flock of those that aren't sick, is just artificial selection .... yes, I agree. So, that isn't really breeding for resistance then, is it? Hhmmmmm, decisions, decisions.

    All this because I am trying to decide if I should begin a vaccination program. [​IMG]
     
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  6. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Worms will eventually get resistant to every worm medication on the market. I don't know what will happen then," Do it the old fasioned way, breed them for resistance...[​IMG]
     
  7. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "So, that isn't really breeding for resistance then, is it?" Nope...
     
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:Really? I did not know this. I am still learning. I thought Coryza was just another respiratory disease like the others I have heard of.

    I do bleach my waterers weekly, but not always my feeders. Maybe I better start doing that to my feeders, too. Actually, I use Oxine, not bleach.
     
  9. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use oxine in my waterers...
     
  10. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel over medicating in all areas of life has gotten to the point of rediculous. The other week my friend went to the doctor for a routine check up and she has been feeling a bit under the weather, a cold. And the Doc was quick to prescribe Antibiotics. Many, once the feel better, get rid of their unused meds in the toilet. There is so much in our water supply it is helping creating newer and less resistant strains that Antibiotics can not fight. You see the same in the Frontline Dog meds for fleas. I finally got a rep to admit that fleas can and do become resistant to their Frontline. And I should every 6 months switch to the other brand which uses a different active ingredient to stop and kill fleas. So that is the same in Poultry. We just need to build chickens who can live side by side with a sick or carrier bird and not show the symptoms and die. The idea that not showing or going to a show will prevent your birds from getting sick is a bit extreme. IF your bird will get sick cause you went to the show and brought back some disease, it is likely, unless you keep your chickens in a hospital sterilized coop and pens and walk in with booties and masks, your bird will get a stray turd fall from the sky from a wild bird who has all this shtuff in them, and then get sick. Making birds by selective breeding of lines within a breed and or outcross breeding to make a healthier bird is making a resistant bird. In my opinion and very limited experience and readings on this subject. I like to think the reason I hadn't had a bird flop since last year due to disease, and it may have been more likely the stupid bird eating some glass, is cause I do not follow the line breeding system and seek out a variety of breeder's lines within the few breeds I raise. And IF I do ever see a bird which appears to be sick, it better be the Holy Grail of birds or it will get whacked cause I already have more to choose from who aren't sick. Variety is the spice of life. Maybe that was said to encourage outcross breedings in more then just humans. lolololo
     

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