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Should I have my chicks come vaccinated?

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In a few weeks I will be ordering my chicks from Murray McMurray hatchery, and I was wondering if I should get them vaccinated. My Aunt has never had hers vaccinated, and they seem to do fine.

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I'm assuming you're talking about having them vaccinated for Marek's Disease? I would recommend getting the vaccination. Marek's is a terrible disease that unfortunately is rather common. The vaccine offers pretty good protection, for only a few additional cents per chick.

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Owner of about 20 chickens and 12 exhibition rabbits

Always happy to answer questions! You can ask me about diseases, raising chicks, feeding, and breeds!

 

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That's a matter of personal choice.  What would you want to vaccinate them for?  I'm a member in the camp that says, "I'll not vaccinate."  I've never had disease issue with my birds.  That's not to say that I never will.  But if I do, I expect that I'll cull any diseased birds.  This will breed strength into my flock over time.  Mareck's disease vaccination merely masks the disease, or prevents the many lethal complications of the disease, while it doesn't provide immunity.  Therefore, if you bring unvaccinated chicks into a vaccinated flock at a later date, it could be lethal to the newcomers.

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #4 of 5

x2!  It's cheap and it's too late to have it done later.  Mary

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I say absolutely YES!! it's only a dollar and God knows Mareks is a heartry breaking debilitating thing to have. it's also VERY CONTAGIOUS.it's also VERY PREVALENT.spread in the wind even. do yourself and your birds a favor and spend the dollar. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID. My breeders entire flock was compromised by Mareks. it's absolutely devastating.also the vaccine is NOT THE DISEASE it does NOT CAUSE MAREKS.
Edited by realsis - 1/27/16 at 2:14pm
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