My name is Cara Smith, and I am located in Colorado. We are about an hour and a half from Denver. I became interested in chickens in 2003 and it has truly become a passion. I am NPIP certified, #84-60 and our flock is tested each year for Avian Influenza and Pullorum/Typhoid.
I am a member of the American Silkie Bantam Club,
the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association.
the last few years have been trying to say the least.
2016 started off getting hit by a car while walking.then I had some general health testing done, which led to some extensive surgeries.
During that year, I had not vaccinated for Mareks disease, which I used to do. I stopped when I sold out of breeds that carried Mareks commonly, and had too many health concerns to do it. I hatched many birds in 2016. Thought I was set, so I sold all my older white hens to make room for pullets. Only to have the
entire hatch decimated by the disease. I had nothing left.
I went and got new blood in Blacks, I still had blacks alive, as they were vaccinated and were all old birds. But the whites I still have not recovered from their losses. Having had confirmed cases of Mareks in chicks and Turkeys, I no longer do not vaccinate.
Mice will carry the dust and dander all over, bringing back the disease when you least expect it. My coop is old, and falling apart, and cleaning it good enough to prevent these issues was not an option.
The coop will come down this year, and we now have a new steel 30x40 building for the birds. More pictures soon to come. They will be moving in within the month!