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Can I Store My Marek's Vaccine?

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I just hatched my first 7 chicks and I bought Marek's vaccine for them but the bottle says it should vaccinate 1,000 chicks-is there any way to store the rest of it or will it go bad after you mix it? I have 26 more chicks hatching in a couple weeks and I really don't want to spend another $30 for the vaccine plus shipping. 

post #2 of 8

Nope - expires about an hour after you mix it...

On vaccinating v/s Marek's Disease - ( here & here )
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On vaccinating v/s Marek's Disease - ( here & here )
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post #3 of 8
If it's mixed, absolutely NOT. In fact, mixed, it must be used within the hour .on the instructions that comes with the vaccine (at least it came with mine when I did it at home) it will tell you all about it. How long it's viable after mix , ect. Have you ordered yours yet? Make sure it comes in a cooler kept cool. First State Vet online is a great place to order from. The live vaccine is not allowed to get warm during shipping. The diluent it does not matter, but the vaccine it's self should be shipped cool. Hope this helps.
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Yup I already ordered the vaccine from jefferspet. I found this online but i didn't want to try it unless someone else said they've done it and it was safe for their feather babies :jumpy

 

"...I relize that most of us hatch a few chicks this week, then in a week or so, a few more which makes it expensive to mix the whole bottle for just a few chicks. What you can do is take out about 1/4 of the powder, then mesure the liquid and pour about 1/4 of it into the powder. Then put the UN-MIXED 3/4 BACK IN THE REFRIGERATOR until the next bunch hatches. Once the two are mixed they must be used in an hour or two..."

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Originally Posted by Calichickengirl View Post

Yup I already ordered the vaccine from jefferspet. I found this online but i didn't want to try it unless someone else said they've done it and it was safe for their feather babies jumpy.gif

"...I relize that most of us hatch a few chicks this week, then in a week or so, a few more which makes it expensive to mix the whole bottle for just a few chicks. What you can do is take out about 1/4 of the powder, then mesure the liquid and pour about 1/4 of it into the powder. Then put the UN-MIXED 3/4 BACK IN THE REFRIGERATOR until the next bunch hatches. Once the two are mixed they must be used in an hour or two..."

I had read about that myself but was personally afraid to try it. It seems the vaccine would be diluted that way but who knows . Maybe if it's done right it could work? It's up to the person and what they feel comfortable doing.
post #6 of 8
Very few people have the kind of sterile environment that would be necessary for considering splitting the unmixed vaccine like that. Remember that this is something you are injecting, not ingesting, so run the risk of some nasty abscesses if contaminated.
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Originally Posted by Jensownzoo View Post

Very few people have the kind of sterile environment that would be necessary for considering splitting the unmixed vaccine like that. Remember that this is something you are injecting, not ingesting, so run the risk of some nasty abscesses if contaminated.

I'm new to chickens but been around horses forever and I 100% agree with this you can very easily kill a horse by injecting with contaminated vaccines/needles so I would imagine the same would be true for a chicken...
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah that is very true, and it's better to be on the safe side! Thank you everyone for the input, I really appreciate it! 🐣
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