Mareks disease in chickens
Rare poultry disease.
Mareks disease is a viral disease that attacks chickens of all sizes and ages. It is incurable and very dangerous to a poultry farmer looking forward to a successful flock. The mareks disease is rare in the sense that it can be discovered in quite an unreasonable ratio within your flock.
My personal experience with the mareks disease has been quite a knowledgeable one. Symptoms that generally attack the chicken that is infected by the virus gradually show within one or two chickens in a flock. The difference can be clearly seen. Most of the time, a chicken infected by the virus to its critical stages will be immobile and struggling to achieve its normal stance.
When undergoing regular coop maintenance either in the morning or evening, be sure to properly check the coop for any chicken that is laying flat on the ground with its legs spread abnormally. That is a sure sign of mareks disease. The abnormal stance will generally last for a long period of time.
At first, when my first chicken was infected by the mareks disease, I thought it was a deficiency disease and that my chicken lacked calcium. However, after doing my research and asking a few of my more experienced poultry farmers, I got to learn about the mareks disease.
I lost about six chickens anonymously to paralysis and most of them, I culled due to the fear of the paralysis spreading to my other healthy chicken. Little did I know that I was dealing with the mareks disease. I wrote this post just to share my personal experience on this disease, how you can discover it within your flock and how you can possibly prevent it in your future poultry flock. Take a look at a more detailed analysis;
Mareks disease symptoms
- Pale eyes.
- Paralized limbs.
- Unsettled pupil.
- Grey Iris.
- Loss of balance caused by paralysis.
- Raised neck feathers.
How you can prevent Mareks disease?
Getting rid of the mareks disease is practically impossible. In my case, before i realized what the problem was, I lost a chicken after roughly six weeks. All showing the same symptoms. After a while and after proper research and criticism, i found the following ways to be most suitable in fighting the mareks disease;
- Observance to biosecurity measures.
- General poultry coop hygene.