Originally Posted by Wickischickies
Originally Posted by RIRJen
$600!!! I think I'll just buy healthy birds (and only when I have to) and replace them when necessary. Holy cow!
That's why I was looking for 9 other people to share the cost and the vaccine with! $60 a piece is much cheaper then $600.
Even if you have 42 chicks (a small bator full) you are vaccinating, at $3 each to replace those chicks you are still saving yourself time and money with the vaccine. I am not worried about how much vaccine I will be wasting or not using once I mix it because it's still cheaper to use it on 3 dozen chicks at $8 a piece (what I am paying) then culling and replacing those chicks. I guess its all in how you view it.
Originally Posted by NovaAman
For three weeks after the vac, you'd need to continue to keep the birds under quarantine conditions with no access to outside influences in order for the vac to have maximum effect.
I think I posted that they have to be quarantined for three weeks afterward. I plan to keep mine in the garage while I wait the three weeks. They also have to be at least six weeks old to use the vaccine.
Originally Posted by RIRJen
Maybe I missed that discussion....why wouldn't you be able to sell, free range or show your birds without this vaccine?
You didn't miss anything RIRJen. You can sell, free range and show your birds, it just exposes them to Mycoplasm or MG. I am looking for anyone who wants to split this order with me because last week I lost my whole flock to it. I spent around $140 to a vet only to be told I can not sell, show or free range my birds because they have this very common disease or I can kill my whole flock and start over. I don't know how I got the disease, but since it can be spread by wild birds, other birds who don't show signs of having it at shows or on farms, it can be spread by a flock owners clothing, shoes and such. I know of four backyard farms in Michigan (none located near each other) who have culled their entire flock because of it.
Like I said, I'm just trying to find enough people interested in protecting their investment.
I think that is a great deal, esp that I had to cull all of my flock twice, and had the vet come to my place twice. I have spent more than $600.00 to fight this disease and rebuilding my farm TWICE! So, its much cheaper in a long run.
Originally Posted by RaZ
I have starts from that tree that are growing nicely. I'll have a bunch at Chickenstock.
What kind of tree is that? I might be interested, and will name it RaZ's Neighbor's double nightmare!
Originally Posted by Chickmate
Good luck with them, Daron. Can't wait to see hatchling pics if they do well. Boy, I'll bet those buggers eat a ton! Will you raise them to sell for meat?
Thanks! I do hope that they will hatch!
They eat the same amount as turkeys eat. A pound of feed a day, and they graze like sheep.
If I mange to hatch some, I will keep them! If [God willing] I hatch a pair, I want to breed them. But they will take about 2 to 3 years to breeding age.
Update on my hatch- I have lost count after 20 chicks, and there are still MORE hatching!
Tomorrow afternoon the heifer will be delivered!!!!