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Should chickens be vaccinated? If so what would be the vaccine and why? I have new chicks 4 wks old, 12 wks old, and 6 months old. Thank you for any feed back.

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I vaccinate mine as day olds for Marek's.  I do it because Marek's is everywhere, can strike at anytime and is horrible.

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post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by horsejody 

I vaccinate mine as day olds for Marek's.  I do it because Marek's is everywhere, can strike at anytime and is horrible.


I was told that once you open the vaccine bottle you have to use it all or throw the rest away.  Is that correct?  Or do you just have throw away what you have mixed up?

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i don't vaccinate, but it's a personal choice. we're organic and, while we could vaccinate when they are day olds and still be organic, it's not worth it for us. it really comes down to how you feel about it.

vaccinating is probably going to save you time and money to a certain extent. you won't have to be quite as vigilant about cleaning, etc. you will probably loose fewer birds in the long term.

but i've also read that vaccinations are responsible for the majority of chick deaths because their immune systems are temporarily suppressed by the vaccine, which makes them susceptible to a lot of other things. so you open the door to one thing by preventing another. but again, it might be better to loose chicks than it is to loose birds you've put money (and feed) into.

vaccinating for cocci isn't necessary if you take other measures. the problem with cocci and chicks is that the bacteria builds up in the digestive systems too fast for them to handle. keeping the brooder clean and giving them lots of good bacteria should mostly eliminate any cocci problems. supposedly raw goats milk is a great preventative for cocci. live yogurt cultures should help too. but the important thing is to CLEAN! it obviously doesn't need to be spotless, but a little fresh bedding every day and a good clean every week go a really long way.

as for Marek's, once you vaccinate for Marek's you always have to vaccinate. you run the risk of introducing the virus into your soil when it's not actually there at all. however, birds can be carriers and show no symptoms, so not vaccinating means you have to be really careful about what birds you bring into your flock. Marek's is bad, like wiping out half your flock bad, but you have to weigh the possibility of infection against what the vaccine does to your birds.

only day old chicks can be vaccinated for Marek's (as far as i know), so if your chicks haven't gotten it then they are past the window of opportunity. if they came from a hatchery, especially through a feed store, then they probably got vaccinated.

good luck with your chicks!

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post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Cammy 
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Originally Posted by horsejody 

I vaccinate mine as day olds for Marek's.  I do it because Marek's is everywhere, can strike at anytime and is horrible.


I was told that once you open the vaccine bottle you have to use it all or throw the rest away.  Is that correct?  Or do you just have throw away what you have mixed up?


You throw all that is left over away.  It's only about $18 for an entire bottle so it's still cheap even if you only use a tiny amount.

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Originally Posted by atlargeintheworld 

as for Marek's, once you vaccinate for Marek's you always have to vaccinate. you run the risk of introducing the virus into your soil when it's not actually there at all. however, birds can be carriers and show no symptoms, so not vaccinating means you have to be really careful about what birds you bring into your flock. Marek's is bad, like wiping out half your flock bad, but you have to weigh the possibility of infection against what the vaccine does to your birds.

only day old chicks can be vaccinated for Marek's (as far as i know), so if your chicks haven't gotten it then they are past the window of opportunity. if they came from a hatchery, especially through a feed store, then they probably got vaccinated.

good luck with your chicks!


The virus in the vaccine is not the same as the Marek's virus.  It's just similar enough to produce immunity.  Bringing in vaccinated birds does NOT introduce Marek's to your soil or your flock.

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Originally Posted by horsejody 
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Originally Posted by Cammy 
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Originally Posted by horsejody 

I vaccinate mine as day olds for Marek's.  I do it because Marek's is everywhere, can strike at anytime and is horrible.


I was told that once you open the vaccine bottle you have to use it all or throw the rest away.  Is that correct?  Or do you just have throw away what you have mixed up?


You throw all that is left over away.  It's only about $18 for an entire bottle so it's still cheap even if you only use a tiny amount.


Thank you

I think I'll start vaccinating mine then.

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post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by horsejody 

I vaccinate mine as day olds for Marek's.  I do it because Marek's is everywhere, can strike at anytime and is horrible.


Same here. My neighbors don't vaccinate (they don't see the point) and they don't keep their coop the cleanest. I am not about to lose my flock because of my neighbors. Their kids will be playing with their chickens and then come over into my yard and they don't understand why I won't let them pet my chickens.

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post #9 of 26

What do you guys think about vaccinating with the H5N1 (avian flu) vaccine when it comes out?

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Originally Posted by Cammy 
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Originally Posted by horsejody 
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Originally Posted by Cammy 


I was told that once you open the vaccine bottle you have to use it all or throw the rest away.  Is that correct?  Or do you just have throw away what you have mixed up?


You throw all that is left over away.  It's only about $18 for an entire bottle so it's still cheap even if you only use a tiny amount.


Thank you

I think I'll start vaccinating mine then.


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