A tough decision but we are going to close business for a year. That will give us time to make sure that all illness is gone and do some infrastructure changes for the chickens so they remain healthy. Going to be a big job moving all coops to a new area but feel it is needed to assure their good health.
Final news on the chicks that have not been outside. They were negative for ILT so all chicks shipped as day olds should be good. That is at least good news!
I am sorry to inform you that I just found out my chickens are sick. We got test results are back. Unfortunately my chickens tested positive Mycoplasma Synoviae & Gallisepticum. Both tested as 1 test so can have one or the other or both. No differentiation between them. These are very common. Both the USDA and Avian Health Lab vets said that unless you raise your chickens completely indoors you will have this in your flock. The other one is Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus. This one is not common and much more easily dealt with. It is a herpes disease and does not live long outside the chickens cell. The ILT likely came in via a vaccinated chick that I ordered. Once they are vaccinated they become carriers. I have self-quarantined my chickens and cancelled all orders for this year. The disease does not transfer through the egg so I will hatch out new breeders then humanely destroy my entire flock so that it is no longer here. I will have the new chicks tested as well to be certain it has not transferred. Shutting down business for the rest of the year and hoping to be able to continue with spring orders but will see how it goes. Please keep me in mind for the future as I wage this battle and try to keep the bloodlines pure. Thank you everyone for all your support and understanding!
After talking to a lot of supportive people and doing more research, If we continue, I am considering a vaccination program using a modified strain. From my understanding this does not turn the chicken into a carrier and provides them protection. Will keep you updated.
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