And what about the other diseases, when is the best time to vaccinate for those? Any replies would be appreciated
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A number of vaccines are recommended being administered on day 1. The method of administration differs, according to the manufacturer of the vaccines. Some you add to drinking water, others as eye drops, others as a fine mist sprayed above the chicks. There may also be other methods, these are just some that i have used. Some vaccines suggest one or a number of possible methods of administering them.
No vet needed, just buy the vaccines and you are good to go. Its very straightforward here in Kenya to get vaccines, but i'm not sure about elsewhere.
I'd suggest contacting your state agricultural bods to see what vaccines are recommended in your area.
All the best
Edited by realsis - 1/31/16 at 6:32am
In the past I've ordered the Mareks vaccine online and gave it myself. Also the hatcheries offer the vaccine for one dollar, very cheap and VERY worth it. They. say do it at a day old because Mareks is everywhere. older than a day they say the chick will likely already be exposed.
But HOW fast in a day? Immediately when they are born? 1 hour? 12 hours?
Usually the day they are hatched and dried. I was told the vaccine won't hurt a older bird but it probably won't protect them either because they likely are exposed already if they have been outside. Here is another fact most folks don't know. After vaccination the chicks should be KEPT INSIDE and AWAY FROM OTHER BIRDS for at least a month while they DEVELOP IMMUNITY from the vaccine. it takes time for immunity to develop.If they get the vaccine, then are put outside, the Mareks can take hold BEFORE the immunity has developed. Also not all Mareks positive birds develop symptoms. Some just remain CARRIERS and can give the disease to others. This disease is everywhere and it can even travel miles in the wind.SO the first day of life is perfect for vacancies.Also remember to let the immunity develop before they are exposed. This is the best way to protect against Mareks with vaccine. The injection goes just UNDER the skin and NOT into muscle. They hardly feel a thing. In fact the ones I have done didn't even squirm. so I'm assuming it's pretty painless to them. Hope this helps.
Edited by estheramelia - 1/31/16 at 4:50pm
Anyway, the diseases you can vaccinate for is
Infectious Bursal Disease
I heard E Coli was the reason Tyrannosaurus died while eating infected carcasses. It's pretty cool to think the same disease killed chicken ancestors 65 million years ago.
Edited by estheramelia - 1/31/16 at 6:07pm