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What causes the young pullets & cockerels at about 14 to 16

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What causes the young pullets & cockerels at about 14 to 16 weeks to develop a condition that involves the tail? It droops and hangs to the left of the body.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You've described an unusual symptom but any paralysis at that age suggests Marek's disease (herpesvirus). Paralysis usually affects the neck, wings, or legs, however, which may be transient or progress to respiratory paralysis and death. Please take a look at this synopsis of Marek's and let me know if any of your birds are consistent with Marek's:
http://birdhealth.com.au/flockbirds/poultry/diseases/mareks_disease.html
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Rhett,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Wyandotte. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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