My family raises a variety of chickens. We have been thinking about gettin a vaccine for marecks.
It seems to be a little on the expensive side just for the 20-30 chicks we hatch a week. So we started to look for other options.
I was reading through my sebright manual and it said that some people raise a turkey with there chicks, or they just had a bunch of turkeys and brooded the chicks on turkey manure. It would give the same immunity as the vaccine. It seems like a cheap way to do it instead of wasting alot of vaccinne.
In the manual it seemed to say that WHITE turkeys were the ones that had the Marecks(herpes) that could be used but i wasnt sure if that was just the type of turkey he used. Has anyone else heard this?
My family was hoping to get some standard bronze turkeys and see if that would work. But I may get whites if this is true.
Edited by sebright guy - 1/7/10 at 9:40am