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 Post subject: Surviving Mareks?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:20 am 
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Location: Whittlesea Victoria
I have a 9 month old black Australorp who for the past 3 weeks has shown signs of Mareks. Initially I thought it may have been worms, coccidiosis or dehydration as it's been quite hot on & off in Victoria, so have treated for everything until now she appears somewhat paralysed.
Spoke with her breeder and found there was NO vaccination done as he believes he can breed Marek resistant birds.
Great........... now I am concerned my other 3 hens of the same age (same breeder) and 2yr old Rooster will come down with the virus. I've been hand feeding as the sick hen who can't stand anymore, she eats and drinks well if I hand it to her but this can only go on for so long.
Does anyone know if an older bird coming down with this virus can fight it and perhaps survive with a disability or should I consider culling now even though she is still bright and eats well?
Obviously culling has been my last resort but I am concerned about how long this will go on for an the risk to my other birds.
Thanking you all in advance for some support :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Surviving Mareks?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:17 am 
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Update
Was hand feeding hen for about a week, then she stopped taking food completely.
Wouldn't open her mouth for syringing in fluids, had to wait for her to take a breath to give fluids.
Stopped walking had to be carried in and out from roost to run
Being a newbie I was hoping someone from Australia could give some advice because when you Google or Youtube Mareks its all from O/S

Decided to cull her due to no quality of life for her, other chooks were ignoring her but getting jealous of the extra treats she was given and tried to steal from her.
So she is now in Chook heaven


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