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What is "mareks" disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChicknBaron, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. ChicknBaron

    ChicknBaron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curious as to what the disease is and when ordering poultry, to have them vaccinated for it. it's not very much more to have it done so is it that important??
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Mareks is a type of chicken cancer per say. It creates tumors inside the body in some forms, or can affect the eyes etc. It would be worth vaccinating...but remember it only prevents tumors from forming that kill the bird, not really the illness itself and any bird you bring in would need to be vaccinated from then on as well.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Yes, vaccinate. I've lost almost 20 birds in the past few years.
    I have a bunch of information at the bottom of my posts.
     
  4. ChicknBaron

    ChicknBaron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll remember that next time i order chicks!
     

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